Roger is the Chair of the firm’s statewide Healthcare Practice and Professional Regulation/Licensure Practice, and co-Chair of the Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Practice. His primary focus is healthcare law, representing physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare organizations in a broad range of issues including licensure, fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, contracting, policies and procedures, staff concerns, and defense of malpractice and other litigation.
Roger is also a leader in the use of technology in the legal profession. He has developed two iPad apps for attorneys: “Second Chair Mobile,” a case/file management tool and “Second Chair Mobile Jury,” a jury selection app (see http://secondchairmobile.net/). He has tried multi-week complex medical malpractice cases completely paperless, and he frequently travels across the country for expert witness depositions carrying nothing more than his iPad.
Roger’s extensive litigation experience includes defending more than 700 medical and hospital cases, taking a significant number to verdict. In recent years, he has developed a special focus on brain-injured infant cases and other catastrophic loss cases. Many of his cases are against leading Chicago and national counsel where damages sought against his target defendants often reach tens of millions of dollars. Although always prepared to try these cases when necessary, Roger is a skilled negotiator and has had great success mediating many of these cases.
Roger has taught master's-level courses in healthcare law and is a frequent national speaker on healthcare issues, medical malpractice, and risk prevention to insurers, medical associations, professional groups, and healthcare institutions. He co-authored the chapter on trials in the Medical Malpractice Handbook published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Roger also co-authored a chapter for The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois published by West Publishing. He also authors the “Health Law” column in the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly.
Roger has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster, beginning in 1978 in the Peoria office. He is a Past President of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, which consists of more than 600 healthcare attorneys from throughout the state. He is also a Past President of the Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management and the Abraham Lincoln Court.
Roger is ranked an AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; he has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America (Medical Malpractice – Defendants) since 2015; he is a Leading Lawyer in Illinois (based on a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin); and has been ranked an Illinois "Super Lawyer” since 2014.