Rodney E. VanAusdal

Rodney E. VanAusdal

Rodney E. VanAusdal

Rodney E. VanAusdal is a founding member and currently serves as of counsel to the firm.  He is licensed to practice before state and federal courts.  Mr. VanAusdal has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in 21 different states.  He received his juris doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law.  His practice is concentrated in the supervision, preparation and trial of complex and catastrophic medical malpractice and medical device litigation for a number of insurance companies, hospitals and corporations on a national basis. He has lectured about a variety of medical-legal topics on programs of national and local organizations.


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • Admitted pro hac vice in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin.


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, IN, J.D.
    Staff Member, Indiana Law Journal
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, B.S.
    Major: Marketing/Advertising

Publications and Presentations

  • Instructor, John Marshall Law School, “Counseling and Negotiating: The Defense Perspective,” Chicago, Illinois, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.
  • “Managed Care and Malpractice: Issues to Consider,” American Association of Health Plans, Dallas, Texas, November 21, 1996.
  • “Health Care in the New Millennium,” The Memphis Case Managers Association, Memphis, Tennessee, May 1, 1997.
  • “Defending the Gatekeepers and Providers,” presented to Employers Reinsurance Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas, September 11, 1997.
  • “How Does the Legal Community Determine Which Pressure Ulcers are Avoidable vs. Unavoidable?” The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Board and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, Chicago, Illinois, May 8, 2000.
  • “Legal Importance of Documentation,” Cynthia Chow & Associates, 13th Annual Educational Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, September 8, 2000.
  • “Cheaper Drugs? Reimportation and its Risks,” with Daniel K. Cray, For The Defense, June, 2001. – Click to read »
  • Faculty member/speaker at William Scholl College/Rosalind Franklin University Seminar, “Podiatric Malpractice – Revisited II,” Lake Forest, Illinois, November 3, 2014.
  • Faculty member/speaker at the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Annual Meeting to the Illinois Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants, “Professionalism in the Age of Social Media,” October 17, 2014.


  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating
  • The defense verdict in Ailey v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a brain-damaged baby case tried in 1993, was reported by The National Law Journal as one of the top defense verdicts in the country in 1993.
  • Selected by Law & Politics (Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine) as an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2006-2020.


  • Beta Gamma Sigma


  • Wooster, Ohio