Rodney Sharp, Shareholder

Biography

Rodney Sharp is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. He has been a shareholder of the firm for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the firm, he was Clerk to The Honorable A.G. Weber, III, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District from 1985-1986 and worked at a defense firm in Belleville, Illinois for two years before joining Sandberg Phoenix in 1989.

Although Rodney focuses his practice on the defense of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, he has also tried premises liability, products liability and commercial cases. From 2000 to 2004, Rodney served as the head of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Rodney was named to the 2005 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the Medical Malpractice area. He regularly serves as an arbitrator for the St. Clair County Court System.

For his outstanding work in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Rodney has been included in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Background

Professional Activities
Rodney is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and The United States District Court for the Eighth Circuit.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute and the St. Clair County Bar Association.

Rodney also oversees the firm’s pro bono activities. He has been a recipient of the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award given annually by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Education
Rodney received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1985.

He received his B.A., with honors, from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1982.

Presentations

Co-Presenter, “Cross-Examination and the Making and Handling of Objections at Trial (Part IV),” Sandberg Phoenix Professional Development Series

Successes

A sampling of Rodney’s litigation experience in defending health care providers includes:

Lunn v. Hospital. Rodney Sharp tried this Missouri wrongful death case to a  defense verdict in July 2015.  After undergoing surgery during a lengthy hospitalization, the decedent developed a deep venous thrombosis and subsequent bleeding following administration of anticoagulant therapy, ultimately dying.  The plaintiff, the decedent’s daughter, claimed that the hospital’s nursing staff was negligent in failing to properly use sequential compression devices as ordered over a 10 day period preceding the diagnosis of the DVT.  Plaintiff argued the hospital’s records showed use for only 19 hours over the 10 day period.  Rodney, with assistance from Sara Obermark, countered plaintiff’s “not documented, not done” argument with  other notes showing their use and a videotape taken at the decedent’s birthday party showing them in use when not otherwise charted. The jury’s verdict in favor of the hospital was unanimous.

Harris v. Hospital.  In November of 2014, Rodney and Alex Bean received a defense verdict after only 36 minutes of jury deliberation in this lawsuit filed against a Southern Illinois hospital.  While undergoing a radiological procedure, the plaintiff suffered an extravasation of almost 100ccs of contrast media.  As a result, the plaintiff was transferred to another hospital where she underwent a fasciotomy, leaving her with a scar running from her wrist to her elbow.  Plaintiff, who also claimed ongoing pain and permanent disability, incurred more than $275,000 in medical expenses.

Meyers v Doctor. In April of 2014, Rodney Sharp and Dennis Harms obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their clients, a local urologist and his employer, in this lawsuit filed in St. Louis County.  The plaintiffs alleged the doctor failed to diagnose and treat a spinal lesion that caused permanent bladder and bowel incontinence and erectile dysfunction.  Plaintiffs asked the jury for more than $2.7 million. The case was among the Top 15 Defense Verdicts in 2014 as Recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

McDonald v. Physician and Nurse.  In November 2013, Rodney obtained a defense verdict in this wrongful death section 1983 case against a physician and a nurse who plaintiff claimed failed to appropriately treat an inmate’s asthma, causing the inmate to expire, leaving behind a young son.  Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $3,000,000.  Rodney was able to obtain several key rulings leading up to the defense verdict, to include dismissal of the medical malpractice claims and summary judgment on the Monell claim against the medical provider’s employers.

Rung v. Hospital.  Rodney obtained a defense verdict for his hospital client in this action against a hospital and a physician.  The claim against the hospital centered upon the nurses’ failure to report signs and symptoms of vascular compromise following a total right knee replacement resulting in necrosis of the ankle which eventually led to a frozen ankle. Medical expenses exceeded $225,000.

Sturm v. Counselor. Rodney represented an alcohol abuse counselor accused of negligently removing a patient from psychiatric medications prescribed for her. The patient claimed to have experienced a psychotic episode requiring hospitalization and other damages as result. After a 5-day trial, a St. Louis County jury returned a verdict in favor of Rodney’s client.

Juang v. Physician and Hospital. Rodney obtained a defense verdict for a St. Louis hospital and physician in a case alleging failure to diagnose appendicitis, which resulted in multiple hospitalizations for removal of the appendix, a bowel resection and a bowl obstruction. The plaintiff, a Washington University law student, was required to miss a semester of school and accumulated $120,000 of medical bills and lost tuition. A St. Louis County jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants.

Branson v. Physician. Rodney represented a neurologist in this wrongful death case tried in St. Clair, Illinois. Following a two week trial, Rodney’s client received a defense verdict.

Brown v. Physician. Rodney represented an emergency room physician who was accused of failing to diagnose a lacerated tendon in the hand which required several surgical procedures to correct. The case was tried to a defense verdict.

Crook v. Physician. Rodney represented a pulmonologist who was accused of failing to properly treat a patient who developed ARDS after falling from a roof and eventually died. Following an 11-day trial in St. Clair County, Illinois, the jury returned a verdict against the co-defendant, but in favor of Rodney’s client.

Hunt v. Physician. Rodney represented a physician who was accused of improperly treating a puncture wound in a 10 year old boy’s foot. The child subsequently developed osteomyelitis. The court directed a verdict in favor of the physician at the close of all the evidence.

Heinz v. Hospital. Rodney represented a wound care nurse charged with primary responsibility for following a Madison County, Illinois man’s surgical wounds. Despite the development of an infection, which resulted in the fusion of both of the patient’s knees, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the nurse.

Mandrell v. Physician. Rodney represented an urologist who was accused of failure to properly perform a vasectomy which resulted in the conception of a child with severe and rare congenital defects. The case was tried to a defense verdict in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Meury v. Hospital. Rodney represented a hospital and its employed obstetrician, anesthesiologist, and anesthetist in this case. The plaintiff was a woman who became permanently paralyzed after a cesarean section in which epidural anesthesia was administered. Although the jury could not reach a verdict at the conclusion of a lengthy trial, the matter was favorably settled shortly afterwards.

Kiersey v. Physician. Rodney tried to verdict this case in which it was claimed that his client, an orthopedic surgeon, negligently performed a hip replacement on his patient. X-rays showed that the acetabulum had been placed at a 75 degree angle rather than the customary 45 degree angle resulting in a subsequent dislocation of the hip. Rodney was able to convince the court to exclude much of the plaintiff’s damage evidence. As a result, the jury returned a verdict for $100,000, less than twice the medical expenses and far less than the amount being sought by the plaintiff’s attorney.

BIOGRAPHY

Rodney Sharp is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. He has been a shareholder of the firm for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the firm, he was Clerk to The Honorable A.G. Weber, III, Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District from 1985-1986 and worked at a defense firm in Belleville, Illinois for two years before joining Sandberg Phoenix in 1989.

Although Rodney focuses his practice on the defense of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, he has also tried premises liability, products liability and commercial cases. From 2000 to 2004, Rodney served as the head of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Rodney was named to the 2005 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the Medical Malpractice area. He regularly serves as an arbitrator for the St. Clair County Court System.

For his outstanding work in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Rodney has been included in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

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