Ben Norris 0000-00-00 00:00:00
The attorneys at Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass perform at their peak when the stakes are high. Since 1999, its attorneys have taken on the most high-profile and complex criminal cases in the St. Louis metro area. The firm was founded by Scott Rosenblum, who recruited Joel Schwartz and John Rogers, two attorneys well known in the legal community for prevailing in court. Thanks to a series of successes and a reputation for taking high-profile, high impact cases, the firm grew rapidly into the largest criminal defense practice in the area and added two more partners, Jenna Glass and most recently Adam Fein. Today, the firm maintains its status as the preeminent criminal defense practice. Its 14 attorneys have taken more than 500 cases before juries and earned a national reputation for thoroughness, preparedness and effective representation at trial. “We are one of the largest criminal defense law firms in the Midwest,” said Rogers, managing partner. In terms of manpower, experience and support, there’s not much a prosecutor could throw at any of the attorneys that they haven’t seen before. There isn’t a single partner at Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass who hasn’t handled a murder case and each of them have achieved acquittals or reduced charges for many of the clients involved. Founding Partner: Scott Rosenblum There’s nowhere Scott Rosenblum would rather be than in front of a jury. The president and principal founding member has tried more than 400 cases. In 100 of those cases, he defended clients facing a murder charge. His experience runs the gamut from business and white collar crime to murder and drug offenses. When murder cases are sprawled across the front page of local newspapers or featured on the nightly newscasts, it’s a safe bet the defendant will seek out Rosenblum, who has plenty of experience navigating clients through the criminal justice system, even under intense media spotlight. Likewise, most prosecutors in the area know they have their work cut out when Rosenblum is on the case. His reputation is one of a fierce advocate in court, a man not afraid to strip down and pick apart the prosecution’s case. He grills the most seasoned detectives on the stand with an almost casual confidence – the kind that comes with experience, passion and plenty of homework. But there’s something about Rosenblum’s courtroom talent that can’t be taught or developed, a state of mind that has made going to trial the most fulfilling part of his career. “I can’t explain it,” Rosenblum admits. “When I’m in a courtroom in front of a jury things seem to move in slow motion. I’m prepared. I love it. I enjoy the stakes and like to think I’m really, really good at what I do.” He’s got the history to back it up. Rosenblum is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has consistently earned an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He’s a former director of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and earned the Atticus Finch Award for Courageous Contribution to Justice. “I think I’ve always been for the underdog,” Rosenblum said. “And I’ve always wanted to try cases. I started trying cases early in my career and haven’t stopped.” Managing Partner: John Rogers John Rogers is a founding member of the firm and has had over 100 jury trials. As managing partner, he oversees the day-to-day operations while balancing several high-profile cases. Rogers takes on felony cases exclusively in federal and state courts. In many cases, life and liberty are on the line for his clients. It’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly and says preparation is his key strategy for success in the courtroom. Rogers doesn’t go to trial without knowing the ins-and-outs of a case; the prosecution is hard pressed to throw a curve ball he didn’t see coming. Criminal law was a natural fit for Rogers, whose third jury trial with the State Public Defender’s Office was a murder case. “I went into the practice of law to litigate,” Rogers said. “It didn’t take long for me to realize my passion was to represent the accused. It is not unusual for a completely innocent person to be accused of committing a crime in the United States of America.” Rogers spent two years in the public realm before going into private practice in 1995. By the time Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass was founded, he had earned a solid reputation both locally and nationally for his work defending felony cases. Today, he is one of the area’s premier attorneys handling complex felony criminal defense litigation. Rogers has taken on several death penalty cases, including the representation of Christopher Harris, the Illinois man accused of killing his ex wife’s family. More recently, Rogers earned a dismissal in the Central District of California for one of the highest-ranked members of a national group known as the Black Mafia Family. O.D. was one of several members indicted during a national drug investigation. Rogers relocated to Los Angeles for six weeks and tried the case. The jury failed to convict his client. Subsequently, Rogers was able to successfully suppress most of the wire tap evidence and the US Attorney dismissed all charges against his client. That kind of tenacity has earned Rogers respect and attention in the legal community as well as an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He’s a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Principal Founding Member: Joel Schwartz Joel Schwartz is founding member of the firm with more than two decades experience in criminal defense. Like other partners, Schwartz excels in the courtroom, a skill he developed as a public defender. “I had quite a bit of time to watch other attorneys,” Schwartz said. “So I watched individuals others considered to be the best, but I also watched those who were not considered very good. I learned just as much from watching both.” His approach to trial is natural and practical; Schwartz is a firm believer in excessive studying and preparation. “I try to anticipate both sides of the argument and what the pitfalls might be,” Schwartz said. “The most important lesson I learned is to make sure you are yourself in the courtroom. You’ve got to be genuine, otherwise, nothing else you do will work.” There’s no doubt his methods have worked. Schwartz is AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has represented clients in at least ten states in high-profile, high stakes cases. Schwartz has played a crucial role in the growth of the firm and says a key to the success is the drive of every attorney in the office as well as their willingness and ability to take a case to trial. “Some days are easier than others,” Schwartz admits. “But we have a unique camaraderie and skill set among us. We have mutual respect and friendship for one another and I believe that makes our firm special.” Local Firm with a National Reach “The number of associates and partners we have here is very unique, particularly for this area of law,” said Partner Jenna Glass. “Most defense firms around here are solo practitioners or partnerships.” Glass is the firm’s fourth partner. She began working with Rogers and Schwartz in 1996 while she was still in law school and fell in love with the area of criminal defense. “It’s very fulfilling being able to help someone through one of the worst times in their life,” Glass said. “Sometimes it’s about getting the best deal that allows someone to keep their job and their children.” Fein is the newest partner. He joined the firm in 2004 and worked his way up though effective trial representation and a solid work ethic. His career in defense began in San Francisco when he was an intern at the State Public Defender’s Office, which worked almost exclusively with death penalty appeals and habeas corpus petitions. After graduating law school, he headed to St. Louis, where he worked as a public defender before joining the firm. What will continue to set Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass apart from other criminal defense firms in the area is the sheer amount of resources available to clients and lawyers. For associates and younger attorneys, experienced partners are always right down the hall. In 2012, the firm will continue on its mission of providing results driven, whatever-it-takes representation for clients accused of crimes at the state and federal level. “We have tremendously dedicated lawyers,” Rosenblum said. “Our associates are involved in federal, state, city and county cases so it allows them to develop relationships in all those areas within the court system.”
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