Building on a tradition of perseverance, excellence
Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP was founded by Dwight L. Rogers, Sr. and John E. Morris, Sr. in Fort Lauderdale in 1925. Both men were South Georgia residents, law school classmates and were separately drawn to Broward County by the land boom. They remained here after the 1926 hurricane and the subsequent economic collapse because of their vision of the area’s immense potential.
In 1928, Rogers and Morris supported George W. Tedder, Sr. in an election for Broward’s only circuit judgeship. Tedder won, but the incumbent, Vincent C. Giblin, refused to vacate the office. Eventually Giblin surrendered his place on the bench and Tedder occupied the office. Later Rogers and Morris would joke that had Giblin remained on the bench, they would have had to leave town.
In 1931, Rogers was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served until 1938 and was the father and author of the Homestead Exemption Act. In 1944 he was elected to his first of five terms as U.S. Congressman. In December 1954, after being re-elected in November to his sixth term, Dwight Rogers died of a heart attack. He was succeeded by his son, Paul, who served 12 terms in Congress.
Dwight Rogers, Jr. and John Morris, Jr. joined the firm after service in World War II, carrying on the tradition of their fathers. They were long-time friends, schoolmates, and even served as president of the same fraternity at the University of Florida.
From 1947 to 1952, John Morris, Jr. served as Fort Lauderdale municipal judge and, in the early 1950s as attorney for the Broward County School Board.
Meanwhile, Dwight Rogers, Jr. served as assistant state attorney from 1948 to 1952, during which time he was responsible for shutting down the infamous illegal gambling casino, the Colonial Inn.
Following the deaths of the senior Rogers and Morris in 1954 and 1955, respectively, Robert E. Ziegler became a partner in the firm. The practice became a third generation business when Dwight L. Rogers, Jr.’s son, Romney Rogers, joined the firm in 1978, and a fourth generation when Romney’s son, Romney (Cam) Rogers Jr. joined the firm in 2012.
John Morris, Jr. passed away in 1985 and Dwight L. Rogers, Jr. in 2007.
Building for tomorrow
Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP exists to serve its clients’ best interest and its mission is to always provide personalized, quality legal advice and services for a fair fee. Our attorneys and staff treat each other and our clients like family and do our best to zealously represent their interests, working at the highest ethical level.