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Rodney K. Adams

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.343.4173
Fax:  804.783.7637

Biography

Mr. Adams focuses his practice on advising and defending health care providers in matters involving patient care and other unique issues confronting the healthcare industry. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on his extensive trial and agency adjudication experience. Mr. Adams’ clients include physicians, psychologists, hospitals, managed care organizations, medical colleges, nursing homes, self-insured health systems and other healthcare providers. He has spent thirty years defending healthcare providers and has taken over seventy-five medical malpractice matters to verdict. Most of those matters involved catastrophic injury or death. He also represents healthcare providers before the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, various boards of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and other tribunals.

In addition to defending healthcare providers, Mr. Adams also defends manufacturers and distributors in product liability actions, especially with regard to medical product liability. Breast implants, pedicle screws, fen-phen, latex, and asbestos are a few examples of his broad experience over the years.

Mr. Adams is well known for his work in bioethics, clinical research regulation, behavioral health law, healthcare information privacy, and risk management. He has published several books including Virginia Medical Law, Fourth Edition (2016), and Clinical Trials & Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance (w/F. Rozovsky, 2003). Mr. Adams is an adjunct professor of law (medical malpractice trial advocacy) at the College of William & Mary, and an adjunct professor (bioethics and health law) at the School of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University. Clients look to Mr. Adams for assistance with HIPAA/HITECH, LEP, EMTALA, ethics committees, medical staff issues, and other healthcare management issues.

As leader of LeClairRyan’s Professional Liability Team, Mr. Adams supports the Firm’s attorneys across the United States who defend and counsel accountants, attorneys, architects, engineers, directors, officers, healthcare providers and other professionals.

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Professor, Bioethics & Healthcare Law, Master of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Healthcare Administration, 2016 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Medical Malpractice Trial Advocacy, The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe Law School, 2015 – Present
  • “2010 Compliance Coding Session,” Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 18 August 2010
  • “Medical Records Update: Confidentiality, Release of Information & HIPAA,” Day-long continuing education program, MEDS-PDN, Richmond, 2 March 2006
  • “Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia,” Day-long continuing education program, MEDS-PDN, held at multiple sites since 2006 

Speaking Engagements

  • “Budgeting & Case Management: New Realities in Cold Blooded Battles,” USLAW Network Client Conference, The Broadmoor, Colorado, 23 September 2016
  • “EMR: Blessing or Curse in Medical Malpractice Litigation?” Va. Urological Society Annual Meeting, Staunton, VA, 18 April 2015
  • “Nurse Practitioners as the New Primary Care Providers,” Panel Moderator, Crittenden Medical Malpractice Insurance Conference, Miami, FL, 12 April 2015
  • “The Troubles I’ve Seen –A Lighter Look at the Challenges Confronting Risk Managers & Attorneys,” Virginia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, Charlottesville, VA, 9 April 2015
  • “Legal Project Management in Complex Cases,” USLAW Network Client Conference, San Francisco, 20 September 2014
  • “ACA: Three Letters That Just Changed Everything,” USLAW Network Professional Liability Exchange, Jersey City, NJ, 17 June 2014
  • “’Scientific Method’ Questions in Expert Depositions: Daubert Challenges Coming?” LeClairRyan Medical Malpractice Summit, Richmond, 29 May 2014
  • “Preventing Rampage Shootings: Using Social Media in Protecting Behavioral Health Providers, Society and Civil Liberties,” Virginia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, Virginia Beach, 2 May 2014
  • “Managing Pain Patients Across the Continuum,” Moderator, Panel Discussion, Virginia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, Virginia Beach, 1 May 2014
  • “Electronic Medical Records: Risk Reduction Strategies in the Physician Practice,” Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, 15 January 2014
  • “Top Ten Risks of Primary Care,” Grand Rounds, Riverside Health System, Newport News, 15 October 2013
  • “The Problem with Waldo: Risk Management for Radiologists,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, Charlottesville, 5 September 2013
  • Moderator and Organizer, LeClairRyan Med Mal Summit, Richmond, 11 June 2013
  • “The New HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule: Translated for Physicians,” Professionals Advocate Insurance / Neurology Consultants of Tidewater, Norfolk, 9 May 2013
  • “A Modest Proposal by Emergency Medicine Physicians,” USLAW Network Client Conference, Washington, DC, 4 October 2012
  • “What Wins Trials? – A Look at Courtroom Magic,” LeClairRyan Med Mal Summit, Richmond, 14 June 2012
  • “Neurology Risk Management Update, 2012,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, 16 May 2012
  • “Radiology Risk Management Update, 2012,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, 10 May 2012
  • “Major Risk Management Issues in Emergency Medicine,” (w/S. Fargis), 2012 Emergency Medicine Summit, Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, Williamsburg, 1 May 2012
  • “Informed Consent in Virginia: Various Scenarios,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, multiple locations in Virginia and District of Columbia, 2012
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia,” PESI; Winchester, Alexandria and Charlottesville in February 2012; Richmond, Roanoke and Norfolk in June 2012
  • “EMR, EHR and PHR: Risk Reduction Strategies in the Physician Practice,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, multiple locations around Virginia and District of Columbia, 2011
  • “2010 Compliance Coding Session,” Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, 18 August 2010
  • “Legal / Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health,” Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, Vienna, VA, 4 December 2009
  • “The Impact of Never Events on Medical Malpractice Defense in Virginia,” Virginia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, Spring Program, Virginia Beach, 30 April 2009
  • “The Consequences of Poor Documentation,” The Virginia Health Care Association & The Virginia Center for Assisted Living, Richmond, 19 March 2009
  • “Medical-Legal FAQs,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, 14 locations around Virginia and District of Columbia, March to October 2009
  • “Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia, “Day-long continuing education program, MEDS-PDN, Winchester, 20 Feb 2009; Richmond, 29 Apr 2009; Fairfax, 11 Jun 2009
  • “Risk Management Consult: When Doctors Don’t Agree,” The Medical Protective Company, Richmond, 11 Nov 2008
  • “Reducing Liability of Long-Term Care Medical Directors,” panel discussion, Virginia Medical Directors Association annual conference, The Crossings, 25 Oct 2008
  • “HIPAA for Employers,” USI Insurance Services, Richmond, 24 Sept 2008
  • “Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia,” Day-long continuing education program, MEDS-PDN, Norfolk, 13 Feb 2008; Winchester, 21 Feb 2008; Richmond, 24 April 2008; Alexandria, 10 Jun 2008; Roanoke, 24 Jun 2008
  • “Surviving A Medical Malpractice Action,” 101st Annual Conference, Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association, Blacksburg, VA, 21 May 2007
  • “Understanding Medical Malpractice Litigation: The Trial of Your Career,” Professionals Advocate Insurance, 13 locations in Virginia and Washington, DC, 2007
  • “Legal Issues in Behavior Health in Virginia,” Day-long continuing education program, MEDS-PDN, Richmond, 25 April 2007; Alexandria, 4 June 2007; Roanoke, 11 June 2007; and Charlottesville, 19 Sept 2007
  • “Avoiding the Troubles We’ve Seen: How Not to Get Sued,” Virginia Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging, Winter Conference, Richmond, 28 February 2007

Published Works

Virginia Medical Law, The Commonwealth Medico-Legal Press, 2000
Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Compliance, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2003 (favorably reviewed in Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, Vol.3, 2007)
“Patient Safety in Human Research”, book chapter in Woods & Rozovsky, ed. Patient Safety Compliance Manual, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005 (favorably reviewed in ASHRM Journal, Vol. 2, 2006)
Virginia Medical Law, 2nd Edition, The Commonwealth Medico-Legal Press, 2006

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 1996 – present
  • Wright, Robinson, McCammon, Osthimer & Tatum, Richmond, Virginia, 1991 – 1996
  • Lord Bissell & Brook, Chicago, Illinois, 1985 – 1991

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association: Former Co-chairman, Subcommittee on Medical Ethics
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Distinctions

  • AV-Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell since 2005
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2010–2019
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in Virginia, 2014–2018
  • Listed in Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" in Health Law, 2005-2007, 2009-2012, 2015, 2017
  • Selected by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care"
  • Matters listed in Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly top ten "Biggest Defense Verdicts"
  • Listed by Law & Politics magazine as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocacy Certificate
  • Rotary International Graduate Scholar, 1981–1982

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Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1985
  • LL.M., Forensic Medicine, University of Glasgow Faculty of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Political Science, with highest honors, Millikin University, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Illinois