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John M. Rogers, Esq. is a licensed practicing attorney, sharing office space with another estate planning and trust administration firm. He was admitted to practice before the Ohio Bar in 2002.

Obtaining his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, John went on to achieve his Master of Law Degree (LLM) in Tax at the University of Alabama’s School of Law. He is a member of the Lake County Bar Association, where he has served in various capacities, including the association’s president. John’s legal experience includes having worked in the Lake County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as an Assistant and Supervising Attorney, followed by serving as a Deputy Treasurer with the Lake County Treasurer’s Office.

Before starting his law practice, John served as the State Representative for Ohio’s 60th House District, which included the communities of Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor-on-the-Lake, the City of Painesville, portions of Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby, and Willowick.

John began his distinguished career in public service in 1988 when he was appointed to Mentor-on-the-Lake’s City Council. He served in that position until 1993 and was then appointed the Mayor and Safety Director, during which time he was re-elected five times through 2012. During that time, he restructured the fire department’s operations, and the police department was nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on five separate occasions.

While serving as Mayor, John oversaw the operations of all city departments, managing employees and a budget averaging over $4.5 million annually. He brought infrastructure improvements to the city, promoted local development for small businesses, and created new jobs and housing units, generating additional tax revenue.

John partnered with the Mentor Public Library System to build a permanent branch in the city and with the Lake Metro Parks to oversee improvements to all of the community’s parks.

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John previously worked in the private sector, developing substantial business and management experience as a manufacturer’s representative selling process control instrumentation throughout Ohio and southern Michigan. As a small business owner, his company was repeatedly recognized for outstanding sales.

During his professional legal career, John has received several awards, including:

  • 2022 President’s Award for Public Service by the Lake County Bar Association
  • 2017 Celtic Ball Honoree at St. John Vianney Parish
  • Toll Fellow from the National Conference of State Legislatures, a Kentucky Colonel Commission issued by the Governor of Kentucky
  • The National Institute for Trial Advocacy with the NITA Advocate Designation and the NITA Master Advocate Designation
  • Child Advocate of the Year by the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services and the Lake County Foster Family Association
  • The CALI Excellence for the Future Award Pro-Bono Community Service Award from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law

John was born in Cleveland and raised in East Cleveland. After he graduated from Cathedral Latin School, he obtained an Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree from Cuyahoga Community College, his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Hiram College, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from John Carroll University.

John’s family moved to Lake County in 1976. John resides in Mentor-on-the-Lake with his wife, Rosemarie, a recently retired educator and elementary school principal. He is a proud father of four children. John is a parishioner at St. John Vianney Church and is also a member of many organizations, including:

  • The Lake County Bar Association
  • The Lake County Bluecoats (President)
  • The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby (Board Member)
  • The Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks – Painesville Lodge 549
  • The Lake County Economic Development Council
  • The Lake-Geauga Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16
  • The Buckeye Sheriffs Association
  • The Ohio Farm Bureau, Sons of AMVETS – Post 109
  • Various Lake County Chambers of Commerce

John was also instrumental in creating the Lake County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank), a not-for-profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization, where he continues to serve as the executive director.

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