Roger is a graduate of Westminster College. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and he received his law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in law school he was a member of the Board of Advocates, the Journal of Dispute Resolution, and was afforded the opportunity to study law abroad at King’s College, Cambridge University.
Following graduation Roger served as a felony prosecutor in the Circuit Attorney’s Office in St. Louis, Missouri where he represented the people of the State of Missouri against felony criminal defendants.
Roger joined Goza & Honnold in 2005 after working for the international law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLC. While at Shook Hardy Roger represented multinational companies and healthcare providers in the defense of product liability and professional malpractice cases.
Since 2005 Roger has been representing victims of catastrophic injury and wrongful death in cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, motor vehicle accidents and product and premises liability cases. Roger also represents clients across the nation in various mass tort product liability cases involving defective or dangerous medical devices and/or drugs.
In 2011 Roger was awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Conway Young Trial Lawyer Award by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Conway Award is given each year to one lawyer who exemplifies two traits: 1) outstanding trial skills, and 2) the ability to be a fierce advocate and a good friend to opposing counsel at the same time.
Also in 2011 he was recognized by Ingram’s Magazine by his inclusion in their “40 Under Forty” publication. He has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar” and has been repeatedly chosen as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine. Since 2012 Roger has been recognized as one of Super Lawyers Top 50 attorneys in Kansas City and one of the Top 100 attorneys in the States of Missouri and Kansas.
Roger has served as President of the Civil Litigation Section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (“KCMBA”) , has been the Chair of the Tort Committee for the Missouri Bar Association since 2010 and is a former Chair of the KCMBA Tort Committee. He currently Chairs the KCMBA CLE Committee a frequent speaker and presenter at seminars and CLE presentations. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and two young sons.
- Bar Admissions:
- Missouri, 1998
- U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2000
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
- U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2000
- University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri,
- University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri,
- Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri,
- American University, Washington, DC