Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers have represented a wide array of health care professionals, institutions, and companies against claims involving physical, financial, and emotional injuries. Our trial-tested lawyers can handle any type and size of litigation. We have particular experience with class actions and high-exposure cases in which the plaintiffs are seeking damage awards, including punitive or exemplary damages, in the multi-million dollar range. Our lawyers are often retained on the eve of trial to try difficult cases, especially those in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions that involve serious physical injuries or death, when settlement negotiations being handled by other law firms have been unsuccessful.
Our clients have included:
- health-care facilities, including hospital, long-term care, and mental health facilities;
- physicians and other health care professionals;
- insurance brokers, agents, and insurance companies.
We help our clients handle:
- emergency response to critical incidents;
- early resolution of claims and cases;
- coordination with related litigation;
- media relations;
- supervision of local counsel;
- retention of expert witnesses;
- investigation and formal discovery;
- settlement negotiation;
- mediation and arbitration;
- class actions and multi-district litigation; and
- trials and appeals.
Several WTO lawyers are recognized among the best lawyers nationally for their health-care-related practices, particularly for their extensive medical malpractice experience.
Partner John Fitzpatrick has extensive experience trying medical malpractice actions throughout the United States. His first trial in Virginia in 1989 led to the building of the largest medical malpractice team in Virginia over the next 20 years. He generally had obtained three to five of the top defense verdicts in Virginia in any given year and often averaged 10-12 verdicts per year. Fitz's expertise in brain-damaged baby cases led CNA Insurance in 2002 to select him as its national counsel for birth trauma cases. Since then, Fitz has been chosen to be national trial counsel for HCI, UHS, Premier, Medical Protective, The Doctors Company, SwissRe, GE Healthcare and MedStar in their high-exposure medical liability cases. Since 2004, Fitz has tried 25 high-exposure cases to verdict in 13 states and prevailed in 95% of them. Fitz was named CNA's 2004 Health Pro Litigator of the Year. He has appeared on the list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Colorado Super Lawyers® and is included in the medical malpractice section of The Best Lawyers in America® directory.
Partner Kevin Kuhn has tried over 60 jury trials and over 50 bench trials. He has extensive experience in the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits, having represented physicians, dentists, oral surgeons, hospitals, nurses, mental health specialists, and other health care providers. Kevin has defended hospitals, long-term care facilities, and mental health facilities in negligence actions. He has also defended professional liability matters involving attorneys, accountants, and real estate agents and brokers. Kevin represents health care and other professionals in administrative licensing and credentialing matters and hearings and is a frequent and sought-after speaker to health care professionals and lawyers. He has appeared on the list of Colorado Super Lawyers® since its inception and been included on its top 10 list. He is also listed in the medical malpractice section of The Best Lawyers in America® directory.