Joe Power

Joseph A. Power Jr., a 1970 Leo graduate and one of the most successful and highly regarded trial lawyers in Illinois, is the recipient of the 2022 Leo Lions Legacy Award.

Power, founder and managing partner of Power Rogers LLP, will be honored at the seventh annual Leo Scholarship Benefit on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown. All proceeds from the event go to the Leo Scholarship Fund, which enables Leo to provide tuition assistance and other support to the vast majority of its 200-plus students, many of whom live below the federal poverty level and qualify for free or reduced lunch.

“For a man of his many accomplishments, Joe is a truly humble guy, so we’re delighted that he is allowing us to recognize him in this manner,” Leo President Dan McGrath said. “The Leo Lions Legacy Award is our most significant honor, and Joe is a most deserving recipient.”

Joe follows Andy McKenna ‘47, Bill Conlon ‘63, Tom Owens ‘54, Bob Sheehy ‘71, Michael Holmes ‘76 and Gen. William J. Walker (USA-ret.) ‘75 as Lions Legacy Award honorees. 

As founding/managing partner of Power Rogers, Joe directs one of the most impactful law practices in the state of Illinois. He has been included in a book called “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the top 10 litigators in the United States. Chicago Lawyer magazine cited him as one of “30 toughest lawyers” in all types of practice in the Chicago area.

The Illinois State Crime Commission honored him as “A Protector of the Working Man.” He is a past recipient of the City Club of Chicago’s “Citizen of the Year” award, and was named “Board Member of the Year” by Chicago’s Little City Foundation.

“You would not be able to count all the people Joe has helped in some way over the years,” said Bob Standring, Joe’s Leo classmate and former football teammate. “I consider it an honor to be his friend.”

Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and earned his law degree from the Loyola University School of Law. Along with Leo, those are two of the many institutions Joe supports, as well as the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Misericordia, Catholic Charities, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, the Big Shoulders Fund, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and St. Gabriel’s elementary school, where he graduated in 1966.

The Leo Alumni Association honored him as its Man of the Year in 2018.

Joe and his wife Susan have four sons and three grandchildren and reside in Chicago.

The Scholarship Benefit will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30. For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Rina Tsang of Patricia Hurley and Associates at rtsang@pjh.chicago.com.