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John M. Rogers, Partner

John M. Rogers, Partner

PRACTICE

For twenty years, Mr. Rogers has represented small businesses and landowners in almost every facet of their operations. He began his legal career representing borrowers in workouts and federal lawsuits filed by the FDIC and RTC at the height of the savings and loan crises in the early 90s. After earning his board certification in labor and employment law and becoming a director in his former firm, he guided its employment law practice in three states, defending companies and representing executives in the onslaught discrimination complaints that followed the implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. In 2002, Mr. Rogers founded his current firm in Weatherford, Texas where he actively represents clients in all areas of corporate formation, ownership agreements, real estate matters, labor and employment issues, vendor and customer relationships, acquisitions and dissolutions as well as in related litigation.

He also guides individual landowners and joint ventures in real estate acquisition and development efforts, including purchase and sale agreements, mineral leasing, eminent domain proceedings, and in disputes associated with real estate matters.

RECENT EXPERIENCE

  • Represented a common carrier before the National Labor Relations Board in multiple jurisdictions during the successful resistance of a union organizing campaign
  • Successful mandamus petition ordering a district judge to cease attempts to exercise authority in a case over which he had lost jurisdiction
  • Negotiation and enforcement of buy/sell provision in partnership agreement
  • Successful lawsuit to compel sale of real estate after seller refused to close
  • Numerous condemnation proceedings related to Barnett Shale gas pipelines
  • Successful defense of corporation and shareholders in hostile take-over attempt and related settlement of claims against insurance carrier for failure to honor directors and officers insurance policy
  • Prosecution of overtime wage claims on behalf of a class of employees mischaracterized by their employer as independent contractors
  • Successful representation of a judge in multiple complaints filed by political opponents
  • Counsel to numerous political action committees and candidates
  • Successful representation of a number of companies and former executives in covenant-not-to-compete litigation
  • Obtained a dismissal of a local bank from a class-action lawsuit filed in Iowa and sustained the victory on appeal to that state's supreme court
  • Successful settlement of innocent third-party's claims in a cattle rustling/bank fraud case which pended in three different Texas courts

BAR ADMISSIONS & CERTIFICATIONS

Texas
Arkansas
United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas,
Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar).
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

EDUCATION

Baylor University, B.A. 1988
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D. 1991

SELECTED VOLUNTEER & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Texas, Civil Rules Committee 2001-2007
Weatherford Municipal Utility Board 2000-2005
Aledo United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations Committee current