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.
"The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena."Theodore Roosevelt