Gregory E. Rogus, the first SMSM lawyer to be elected to membership after the firm’s founding, is leaving the firm on Friday, May 23.
Mr. Rogus was introduced to the firm by long-time friend and former law school roommate William Mahoney. He initially joined the firm in 1989, was elected as a shareholder in 1991, and celebrated 24 years at SMSM in late 2013.
Other shareholders at Segal McCambridge will remember Mr. Rogus for his successes in the courtroom. Throughout his SMSM career, he was best known for his trial and appellate work in cases involving police and public official liability, employment discrimination, and a wide spectrum of negligence and general liability claims. In 1996, he successfully persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Jaffee v. Redmond, to recognize a psychotherapist-patient privilege applicable in federal civil cases. More recently, Mr. Rogus served on the SMSM legal team that procured the largest settlement ($22.5 million) paid out to a single plaintiff by the City of Chicago in a police liability matter.
Mr. Rogus hopes that he will also be remembered for his demeanor, his professionalism and his civility. He intends to keep up with the many friends he has made over the years, even as he moves on to the next phase of his career.
Though he will continue to practice law, Mr. Rogus is looking forward to having more time to travel with his wife, Dixie, to fine tune his golf game and to pursue various other interests.