Earl Rogers is one of my absolute favorite characters in all of the extraordinary history of American trial lawyers. Brilliant, precocious, loving, innovative, wrestles, wayward, vain, compassionate, and eventually self-destructive, he cut a swath through early 20th century conservatism with bravado and unstinting courage.
If you haven't read Final Verdict by his daughter Adela Rogers St. Johns (a Randolph Hearst journalist and diplomat) I urge you to get a copy.... you won't be able to put it down.
I have painted him many times and will continue to reconstruct some of his most famous trials over the years.
Rogers, Earl. 24" x 32". 2011. Collection of Sam Davis. Davis Saperstein. Salomon Teaneck, NJ.