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In the finest tradition of the legal profession.

W. James Rogers

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Practice Areas:

  • Employee Benefits / ERISA
  • Employment / Labor
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Corporate / Business
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Emergency Consultation Services
  • In-Service Presentations and Programs
  • Incentive Plans
  • Injunctions
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation/Insurance Defense
  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Managed Care Contracts
  • Managed Care Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Subrogation
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Vendor Contracts


Jim Rogers is a shareholder at Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C., whose focus is on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, employment and insurance. A significant percentage of Mr. Rogers' litigation practice includes an emphasis on lawsuits involving ERISA issues. Mr. Rogers advises managed care entities, hospitals and other healthcare providers on contract, regulatory and employment issues.

Mr. Rogers is one of the firm's primary appellate lawyers and has been involved in numerous cases of major significance, both in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. He has achieved particular success in cases involving insurance coverage issues, antitrust claims, and product liability lawsuits.

Mr. Rogers is a licensed clinical psychologist and advises clients on legal issues associated with mental health treatment. Another of his particular areas of focus is HIPPA and medical records.

Mr. Rogers has also received the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of Business and represents employers and their insurers in employee benefit matters.

He regularly defends employers in discrimination and harassment lawsuits, along with other matters.

Mr. Rogers received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1983
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • M.S., Master of Science - 00/1976
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 00/1974

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

Published Works

  • Fairness in Bankruptcy & Products Liability, Journal of Law & Commerce, 1983
  • Author: "The Delicate Balance of Fairness in Bankruptcy and Products Liability Law," The Journal of Law and Commerce, 1983

Representative Clients

  • Amsted Industries, Incorporated
  • Chevron
  • Employers Insurance of Wausau
  • Industrial Risk Insurers

Past Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Marion K. Finkelhor, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1983-1985

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Zeta Psi
  • Psi Chi

Professional Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
  • Professional Psychologist, Pennsylvania, 1981

Certified Legal Specialties

  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist [CEBS]

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney