Alumni Profile

J.D. Rohrer '73


When JD Rohrer '73 arrived at Drury University as a freshman, his father gave him a tour of the campus. His father showed him Sunderland Hall- a place for him to sleep, the Commons- a place for him to eat, the Breech School of Business Administration- a place for him to learn, and Walker Library- a place for him to study. In return, Rohrer's father expected him to study in the library each night from 6pm-10pm. While he fulfilled his promise to his father, Rohrer found Drury to be an environment that supported his endeavors and took a special interest in his goal of becoming a lawyer.

Rohrer's parents indoctrinated him with dreams of becoming a lawyer throughout his childhood. A grandson of a delegate of the Missouri Constitutional Convention of 1943 with a eighth grade education, Rohrer embraced the importance of classroom learning. After graduating from Bourbon High School as a member of several sports teams, vice president of the student body, and a drummer in a rock band, he entered Drury with the goal of maintaining an excellent GPA to allow him to attend law school. The faculty of Drury recognized Rohrer's goals and gave him the tools he needed to accomplish his objective. Rohrer credits Dr. Jerry Poe, Dr. James Livingston, and Dr. Larry Stauffer with teaching him how to study and write properly- two skills imperative to succeeding in school and beyond. The relationships he formed with his professors helped him in his academic and personal life, as Rohrer considered these professors his friends. Upon graduating from Drury, he completed law school at Oklahoma City University, becoming the first law student to argue a first-degree murder case in front of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Rohrer now practices law at the JD Rohrer Professional Corporation, a law firm he started twenty years ago. His largest case was a tractor-trailer case that settled for $4.2 million. He has served as president of the 42nd Judicial Circuit for over twenty years. He considers Drury the lifejacket for himself and his family, because without Drury, he does not think he would be a successful lawyer today. By attending an institution that values each student personally, Rohrer gained the skills he needed to reach his goals and excel.

Written by Megan Waterman