William & Mary
Rodney K. Adams

Rodney K. Adams

Adjunct Professor
Degrees: J.D., University of Illinois; LL.M., University of Glasgow; B.A., Millikin University
Email: [[rkadams]]
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements

Rodney K. Adams is a health care trial attorney at LeClairRyan. He has been advising and defending health care providers for over thirty years. Mr. Adams has a unique niche in patient care issues and has published two books on various aspects of the topic, Virginia Medical Law (now in its third edition) and Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Compliance (co-authored with F. Rozovsky). Mr. Adams also contributed to Rozovsky & Woods, The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on practical experience before juries and government boards.

Mr. Adams represented several large hospitals and medical colleges in Chicago before moving to Richmond in 1991. He currently counsels and defends hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, and other health care providers in court and administrative forums throughout the Commonwealth. Virginia Business Magazine lists Mr. Adams in the “Legal Elite” among Virginia lawyers, and Virginia Lawyers Weekly has repeatedly recognized his work in its annual “Largest Defense Verdicts.” Mr. Adams is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice[1] and is included in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark, Martindale-Hubbell AV and other elite listings for healthcare attorneys.

Mr. Adams has taught health law at Kent College of Law in Chicago and trial advocacy at University of Richmond School of Law. Currently, he is teaching healthcare litigation at College of William & Mary Law School and bioethics / healthcare law at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Health Administration. He graduated from Millikin University; the University of Glasgow, Scotland (LLM in Forensic Medicine); and the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Adams is admitted to the state and federal courts of Virginia and Illinois.

For more then five years, Mr. Adams co-chaired an American Bar Association sub-committee on medical ethics. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Mr. Adams has served on a hospital system bioethics committee and on the board of directors for a non-profit assisted living residence, a free clinic, a non-profit group funding human research, and a charity funding home health services for the indigent. He is a frequent speaker at state and national health care meetings.

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