Roger has spent his entire career representing seriously injured individuals, including railroad employees and victims of dangerous products and defective pharmaceutical drugs. He has litigated cases in more than a dozen states, both in state and federal courts, and has obtained record-setting verdicts in multiple jurisdictions.
Roger has a national reputation as a leader in pharmaceutical litigations, and has served as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2100); Co-Lead Counsel in the In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2385); and Lead Counsel in the In re: NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1964). He has also served on the discovery committee and as a member of the bellwether trial team in the In re: Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1742), and as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In re: Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1909).
In the Pradaxa MDL, Roger was a member of the Plaintiffs’ negotiating team and the litigation resulted in a $650,000,000 nationwide global settlement. In the NuvaRing MDL, Roger was the lead negotiator and the litigation resulted in a $100,000,000 nationwide global settlement. Roger’s work in the Yasmin/Yaz MDL has resulted in a settlement of nearly $2,000,000,000. In addition, Roger has negotiated individual settlements in excess of $100 million dollars for his clients.
Roger has also represented hundreds of railroad workers who have been seriously injured as a result of unsafe working conditions. Roger is responsible for more than 20 jury verdicts in excess of a million dollars against many of the major railroads. Roger has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, successfully protecting the rights of injured railroad workers under the FELA. Roger has served as an Executive Board Member of the Mass Tort Trial Lawyer Association, a member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a member of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Roger is a frequent speaker at national and local seminars and conferences involving mass torts and pharmaceutical litigation.
In 2020, Roger was named to Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly‘s inaugural edition of The Power List, focusing on personal injury lawyers who lead and influence the Missouri legal community. He was recognized for his larger-than-life reputation for leadership in mass torts, “reflected in the number of times he’s been appointed as counsel for multidistrict litigation.”
- B.A., cum laude, Culver Stockton College, 1978
- J.D., summa cum laude, St. Louis University School of Law, 1982
- State of Illinois
- State of Missouri
- State of Wisconsin
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, C.D. Ill.
- U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill.
- U.S. District Court, S.D. Ill.
- U.S. District Court, E.D. Mo.
- U.S. District Court, W.D. Mo.
- U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis.
- U.S. District Court, W.D. Wis.