People: John T. Rogers, Jr., Senior Counsel

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John T. Rogers, Jr.

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9677
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John Rogers specializes in trust, estate, and conservatorship administration and litigation, as well as estate planning, alternative dispute resolution, and professional responsibility.  In trust and estate administration, Mr. Rogers has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in a variety of highly complex and often disputed matters.  He has acted as an expert witness or consultant in a number of cases involving such issues as breach of fiduciary duty and attorney ethics and malpractice.

John Rogers specializes in trust, estate, and conservatorship administration and litigation, as well as estate planning, alternative dispute resolution, and professional responsibility.  In trust and estate administration, Mr. Rogers has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in a variety of highly complex and often disputed matters.  He has acted as an expert witness or consultant in a number of cases involving such issues as breach of fiduciary duty and attorney ethics and malpractice.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1981)
  • B.S., Stanford University (1978)
    with distinction

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Superior Court Probate Mediation Panel
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section (Member and Former Chair)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section (Member and Former Executive Committee Member)
  • Los Angeles Estate Planning Council (Member and Former President)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Professional Responsibility Committee (Chair)
  • ACTEC Technology in the Practice Committee (Member and Former Chair)
  • ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Professional Advisory Council

Presentations

  • “New Ethical Dilemmas - Keeping Up With a Changing World,” Santa Clara University School of Law Sixth Annual Jerry Kasner Estate Planning Symposium, San Jose, CA (September 2010)
  • Panelist, “What To Do When the Client Slips the Leash: Real-World Trust Litigation and Ethics, As You Hope You’ll Never Have to See Them,” ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE) 21st Annual Spring Symposia, Philadelphia, PA (May 2010)
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Where No Ethics Have Gone Before - Doing Right in a Changing World,” 44th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, FL (January 2010)
  • “Recent Legal Developments of Importance to Fiduciaries,” Southern California Trust Officers Association, Los Angeles, CA (January 2010)
  • “Who’s the Client? Ethics for Trust and Estate Counsel (Including Comments on the Fourth Edition of the ACTEC Commentaries),” Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Omaha, NE (May 2009)
  • Panelist, “Challenging the Will,” The Rutter Group, Los Angeles, CA (April 2009)
  • Panelist, “Where There’s a Will, There’s Metadata: Are Your Clients’ (And Your Own)
  • Secrets Really Safe?” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Annual Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA (March 2009)

Publications

  • Co-author, “Trusty Trustees - What Every Trustee Should Know About California Law,” 73 CA CPA 31 (March/April 2005)
  • “Who’s the Client? Ethics for Trust and Estate Counsel,” 10 ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal 37 (August 2004)
  • Co-author, “Statutes of Limitations for Malpractice Claims in Estate Planning,” 31 Estate Planning 259 (June 2004)
  • Contributing author, “Modification of Duties and Liabilities of Trustees,” 29 ACTEC Journal 114 (2003)
  • Contributing author, “Contesting Inter Vivos Trusts,” 26 ACTEC Notes 221 (2000)
  • Consultant, Drafting California Revocable Living Trusts (California Continuing Education of the Bar)
  • “Avoiding Malpractice Claims in Planning and Administration,” 22 Estate Planning 359 (November/December 1995)
  • Co-author, California Practice Guide:  Trusts - Administration and Litigation, The Rutter Group, publication pending