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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Larry
4Rogers Sr., who passed away on January 19, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers grew up on the far South Side in the
6Roseland community of Chicago; he received his education in
7Catholic schools and excelled in academics; he was accepted
8into law school after graduating college but was forced to put
9his legal career on hold due to a health issue; and
10    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers left law school to work three jobs
11to care for his family, including working as a respiratory
12therapist; one of his two other jobs included working at a gas
13station across the street from Comiskey Park, where he began a
1440-year friendship with a regular customer named Joe Power, a
15young attorney who encouraged him to complete law school,
16which he did; they later formed the personal law and medical
17malpractice law firm, Power Rogers, LLP; and
18    WHEREAS, During his nearly four-decade legal career, Larry
19Rogers would emerge as a mastermind in the courtroom, winning
20hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts for victims of
21medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, and aviation
22accidents; in 1985, he won a $27 million product liability



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1verdict, the largest personal injury victory in Illinois
2history at the time, for families who had been wronged by
3Syntex, a baby formula company that sold chloride-deficient
4formula that affected the intellectual development of babies,
5shortly after the Department of Justice declined to press
6charges against the company; in 2000, he helped win a $55
7million verdict, one of the largest in Illinois history, for a
8woman who suffered irreversible brain damage during a
9bronchoscopy exam; he paid his success forward in mentorship,
10guidance, and support of Black students and attorneys who had
11long been excluded from the legal world; and
12    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers previously served as the president
13of the Cook County Bar Association and was the first Black
14president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; he was
15named one of the top 500 trial lawyers in the nation; and
16    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers was an avid sports fan, holding
17season tickets for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears; he
18also enjoyed taking his Sea Ray sport boat out on Lake Michigan
19and occasionally to Florida or the Bahamas for vacations,
20often bringing along family, friends, and even other
21attorneys; and
22    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers was a trailblazer who served as a
23role model for generations of lawyers and helped the Black



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1community defend its most vulnerable members; he devoted his
2life to the Black community, his family, and the passion of
3building a more equitable justice system in the United States;
4he was generous and eager to spread joy to those he loved;
5above all, he was a dedicated and loving father and
6grandfather; and
7    WHEREAS, Larry Rogers is survived by his life partner, Pam
8Anderson; his children and stepchildren, Larry Jr., Dom, Anne
9Marie and Frederic; his nieces and nephews; and his
10grandchildren; therefore, be it
13we mourn the passing of Larry Rogers Sr. and extend our sincere
14condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved
15him; and be it further
16    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
17presented to the family of Larry Rogers as an expression of our
18deepest sympathy.