John L. Rogers III

Retired Partner


John L. Rogers is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was a member of the firm's Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice and the Energy Industry Team. He has represented corporate officers and outside accountants in SEC investigations concerning the adequacy of financial reporting, the sufficiency of internal controls and other matters. He has experience with the defense of administrative enforcement proceedings, and has counseled audit committees in connection with investigations of financial reporting and related conduct. In the financial services industry, Mr. Rogers has represented federal banking agencies, banks, and savings associations in numerous matters regarding director and officer and professional liability; disputes involving lending and investment restrictions imposed by federal statutes and regulations; executive compensation and takeovers and reorganizations of financial institutions. In the energy industry, he has experience with claims involving nuclear decommissioning, nuclear operations, fuel and purchased power costs and other matters.

Mr. Rogers has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and was selected for inclusion in the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists.* For his work in the energy field, he has been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005 - 2012).

A law graduate of Harvard University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1973), Mr. Rogers was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia (B.A., high distinction, 1970).


  • Author, "SEC Report, Not Last Word On Fair Value Accounting," Securities Law360, January 20, 2009.
  • Author, "The SEC’s December 30, 2008 Report — Not the Last Word on Fair Value Accounting," Foley Legal News Alert: Financial Crisis Response Team, January 16, 2009.
  • Co-author of chapter titled "Indemnification and Advancement of Defense Costs for Directors and Officers," Internal Investigations 2009: Ethical Traps in Internal Investigations.
  • Co-author, "The SEC’s Bid to Save Fair Value Accounting," Securities Law360, October 14, 2008.
  • Co-author, "A Comprehensive Summary and Analysis of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," Foley Legal News Alert: Financial Crisis Response Team, October 10, 2008.
  • Co-author, "SEC and FASB Jointly Address Fair Value Accounting," Foley Legal News Alert: Financial Crisis Response Team, October 6, 2008.

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.