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WJA 2022: Danielle Rogers

Danielle RogersLangdon & Emison

“If people have been wronged, you can’t undo what’s happened to them,” says Danielle Rogers. “But you can try to make it right. That’s the driving force in my career, whether I’m representing the plaintiff or the defendant.”

A fierce advocate for the trial-by-jury system, Rogers maintains her commitment to justice and carries out the highest ideas of the legal profession in her career. She joined the mass tort division of Langdon & Emison in 2021 to represent plaintiffs in claims against major corporations in state and federal courts. From 2015 to 2021, Rogers was a solo practitioner focusing on criminal, domestic, probate and civil matters. Her wealth of knowledge and her experience in trying cases are already benefitting the mass tort team.

One of her nominators describes Rogers as a “skilled and exceptional litigation attorney who is incredibly bright, avid and disciplined. She is unafraid of work in any respect. She has the tenacity and willingness to dig into any issue and present the best case for her client. The law is her passion.”

In 2010, Rogers was elected as Ray County Prosecuting Attorney and served from 2011 to 2014. The first female elected to that office, she was the youngest full-time prosecutor in Missouri at that time. During her term, she tried nine felony jury trials — possession of drugs, murder, sexual assault of minors, child custody, to name a few.

“I was the prosecutor in a five-day murder trial in Ray County,” Rogers says. “The jury deliberated for 70 minutes, and we got a guilty verdict. The victim was a child. Getting justice for the victim’s parents and family was a defining moment in my career.”

When she was in sixth grade, Rogers wrote an essay about why she wanted to be a lawyer. When she graduated with her JD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, she received a special gift from her mom: her essay in a frame.

“My phrase in life has always been ‘That’s not fair,’” Rogers says. “As an attorney, I’ve helped many people through the worst parts of their lives. I’ve helped them be rational at a time when they can’t be rational because their world is falling apart.”

Rogers recalls a case from two years ago involving a woman who was a victim of mental and emotional abuse. Rogers represented her and helped her protect herself and her children. Recently, they sent Rogers a thank-you card with a Superman symbol and the words “Not every superhero wears a cape.”

“It’s not about me and showing off in court,” she says. “It’s about staying humble and being sensitive to and understanding of my clients. The focus in on them. That’s what drives everything else I do.”

Women's Justice Awards 2022