Gregory Rogus serves as trial, appellate, and consulting counsel for business entities and their management-level personnel facing liability issues, claims, and lawsuits. Mr. Rogus works closely with his clients and their insurers to formulate and execute cost-effective strategies for defending and resolving charges of workplace harassment, discriminatory employment practices, retaliatory discharge or discipline, and other statutory, common law, and public policy violations. Mr. Rogus takes a hands-on approach in guiding his clients through investigations undertaken by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
When employee or agency claims evolve into litigation, Mr. Rogus remains actively engaged as lead litigation, trial, and appellate counsel. Mr. Rogus also advises business clients on creating and updating appropriate workplace policies and practices, drafting workable, enforceable covenants and employment-related agreements, and undertaking other proactive measures to avoid litigation.
In addition to his employment law background, Mr. Rogus has amassed extensive trial and appellate experience in constitutional tort and other civil rights cases, primarily representing local governmental entities, elected officials, executive and supervisory personnel, police officers, and first responders. Mr. Rogus has likewise defended both private and public sector clients in premises liability, work site accidents, negligent security, false arrest, malicious prosecution, defamation, and tortious interference matters.
Mr. Rogus has argued many cases before federal and state appellate courts, resulting in significant reported decisions. In the landmark case Jaffee v. Redmond (1996), he persuaded the United States Supreme Court to recognize a psychotherapist-patient privilege applicable in federal civil cases. Mr. Rogus has also argued three times before the Illinois Supreme Court and numerous times before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court.
In 2013, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois appointed Mr. Rogus to serve as a member of the commission’s hearing board to hear evidence, determine liability, and recommend appropriate disciplinary action relating to violations of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Mr. Rogus is a member of Segal McCambridge’s benefits committee, assisting management in overseeing the firm’s insurance benefits program. He also advises internally on firm policies, practices, and employment-related issues.
Mr. Rogus and his wife reside in North Barrington, Illinois. He is the president of The Falls of Wynstone Homeowners Association.
Served as lead defense counsel at all levels in Jaffee v. Redmond, including successful argument before the United States Supreme Court. Persuaded the Court to recognize, as a matter of first impression, a psychotherapist-patient privilege applicable in federal civil cases.
Served on the litigation team that obtained a $22.5M settlement, the largest settlement for a single plaintiff against the City of Chicago, in a complex civil rights case seeking damages for a young woman who suffered catastrophic injuries after the Chicago police department failed to provide her with access to mental health care while she was in police custody.
Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1977, magna cum laude
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1980
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
PUBLISHED APPELLATE OPINIONS
Jaffee v Redmond, 518 US 1
Sherman v Community Consolidated School District No. 21, 8 F3d 1160
Apostol v Landau, 957 F2d 339
Nelson v Thomas, 282 Ill.App.3d 818
McCormick v Maplehurst Winter Sports Ltd., 166 Ill.App3d 93
Great Southwest Fire Insurance Co. v Greenlee, 134 Ill.App.3d 816
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Lorman Education Services, Naperville, IL, “Police Interactions and Confrontations with Mentally Ill, Emotionally Disturbed, and Developmentally Disabled Individuals” (September 19, 2013).
- Gateway Foundation, Chicago, IL, "Liability Ramifications Arising from Police Interaction with Persons Having Mental Health Issues" (June 20, 2013).
- Gateway Foundation, Chicago, IL, "Jaffee v. Redmond: Foundation, Implications, and Limitations of the Supreme Court's Recognition of the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege" (March 28, 2013).
- Law Bulletin Seminars 7th Annual Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL," Social Media and Technology: Tools or Traps for Employers;" "Screening and Investigating Prospective Employees," panelist (September 19, 2012).
- LexisNexis Emerging Issues Webinar Series, "Social Media and Employment Policy Considerations" (June 20, 2012).
- Business & Legal Reports' Human Resources Audio Conference, "Nine Deadly Sins of Hiring & Recruiting" (June 10, 2008).
- Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, "Preserving and Presenting Your Appeal" (November 4, 2005).
- ABA/APA National Institute on Psychological and Neuropsychological Evidence, "Privilege and Confidentiality With Respect to Psychological Testimony and Evidence Injury Litigation: An Overview of Current Law" (April 21-22, 2005).
- Police Liability in Illinois Seminar, "Defenses Available to Individual Police Officers, Supervisors, Officials, and Administrators in Federal and State Court Civil Litigation" (December 18, 2002).
- "Supreme Court Update: Decisions In Three Employment-Related Cases," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 2 (Spring 2008).
- "Ross v. May Company: Unilateral Handbook Revisions And Across-The-Board New Benefits Do Not Eradicate A Long-Time Employee's Contract Rights," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2 (Spring 2008).
- "Preventing Plaintiff Windfalls: Judicial Estoppel Of Non-Disclosed Employment Discrimination Claims," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2 (Summer 2007).
- "Thou Shalt Not Discriminate: An Overview Of Legal Principles & Practical Considerations For Avoiding Religious Discrimination Claims In The Workplace," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2 (Summer 2007).
- "Burlington Northern v. White: Supreme Impact on Title VII Retaliation Claims," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Summer 2006).
- "Take the Time to Review Your Anti-Discrimination Policies," IndUS Business Journal (March 2002).
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Defense Research Institute
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Hearing Board (appointed to serve March 2013 - February 2014)
Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer (a designation limited to less than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community.
Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers list (no more than 5% of lawyers in the state are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2005-2013).