JVR Trial Excellence Awards 2022

Joseph A. Power, Jr. Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for Plaintiff Attorney Lifetime Achievement

J oseph Power is a founding partner in the Power Rogers, LLP law firm in Chicago. At age 28, he became the youngest lawyer in the country to obtain a jury verdict in excess of a million dollars for his client. Joe has obtained more than 200 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $2 million, including the largest jury verdict in Illinois at the time for a medical malpractice case of $55.4 million, and a recovery of $100 million in a trucking case which led to seventy-six criminal convictions, including the former Governor of Illinois in the “licenses for bribes” scandal, and triggered the re-testing of over 2000 truck drivers As a leader among personal injury lawyers, Joe has been listed in the Harvard Law graduates Naifeh and Smith book, The Best Lawyers in America, every year since 1987. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the top ten litigators in the United States and he has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. Additionally, he has been repeatedly selected as one of the top lawyers by LawDragon, a group which selects the top 500 lawyers in the country. He has been named a top personal injury and consumer lawyer based upon polling of fellow lawyers in the Leading Lawyer Maga- zine since 2009 and is one of Super Lawyers Maga- zine’s top ten lawyers in Illinois. Joe has consistently been named in Chicago Lawyer Magazine, including the “30 Tough Lawyers” where he was named one of the 30 toughest lawyers in all fields in Chicago. Those listed are, according to the magazine, attorneys you want “for you, not against you.” Joe is involved in many professional organizations. He is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is a legal organization consisting of the best one hundred plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Public Justice, Celtic Legal Society and American Board of Trial Advocates (Illinois Chapter). He is a Fellow of the American Col- lege of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of

Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the Irish Legal 100, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Power was appointed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman’s Advisory Council in 1994, and was Chair- man of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee from 1995-2003. Joe has been recognized by several organizations for his work as a trial lawyer. He was awarded “Protector of the Working Man” by the Illinois State Crime Com- mission, “Citizen of the Year” by the City Club of Chi- cago and “Board Member of the Year” by the Little City Foundation. Additionally, he was awarded the Civil Jus- tice Foundation’s Special Commendation Award for his thoroughness, tenacity and courage in uncovering and disclosing the “license for bribes” scandal. He received the Medal of Merit and Distinguished Award for Excel- lence from the Illinois State Bar Association and the Medal of Excellence by the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Joe was awarded the Tribute for Leader- ship on behalf of social justice and progressive change by US Action and US Action Education Fund, and the Tribute for Leadership on behalf of social justice and progressive change by US Action and US Action Educa- tion Fund.


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