Thomas G. Kokoruda
Areas of Focus
Health Care Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
, University of Kansas School of Law
, University of Kansas
Thomas G. Kokoruda is the chair of the firm's Litigation Department and the Health Care Litigation practice group. He is a commercial trial lawyer with a focus on hospital liability, physician malpractice and medical staff privilege litigation.
Local Litigation Star recognition by
, 2010, 2013
Received the prestigious
Dean of the Trial Bar
award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, April 2009
Selected for inclusion in
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers,
for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2005-2012
Selected for inclusion in
The Best Lawyers In America
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2017
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2017
Health Care Law, 1991-2013
Litigation - Antitrust, 2017
Commerical Litigation, 1991-2013
Antitrust Litigation, 1991-2013
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business,
Litigation: General Commercial (Kansas City & Surrounds), 2008-2016; and as leading individual trial lawyer in Health Care Litigation, 2006-2007
The Kansas City Business Journal
as "Best of the Bar" in Heatlh Care Litigation, 2010, 2012
Best of the Bar
for Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense by
Kansas City Business
Journal and he was the highest vote-getter in Health Care Law, 2003-2009
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American College of Legal Medicine
American Health Lawyers Association
Circuit Court Advisory Committee
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Executive Committee, 1986-94
Kansas Hospital Attorneys
Missouri Society of Hospital Attorneys
Missouri Supreme Court
Civil Jury Study Committee, 2000-01
National Health Lawyers Association
University of Kansas School of Law
Board of Governors, 1991-93
Successfully defended constructive discharge/retaliatory discharge case filed by multiple employees against hospital and hospital CEO
Obtained dismissal of federal court antitrust claim where orthopedic physician sued hospital and other orthopedists alleging antitrust conspiracy.
Successfully represented CEO of a large nonprofit health system in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Attorney General attacking the then largest acquisition of a nonprofit health system by a for-profit hospital company.
Obtained Eighth Circuit affirmation of District Court grant of summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by a surgeon whose medical staff privileges were revoked alleging illegal antitrust conspiracy and monopolization.
Represented purchaser of large nonprofit health system in a state court bench trial arising out of allegations by a health care foundation formed with proceeds of the sale that the buyer failed to make $450 million in required capital expenditures.
Successfully prosecuted the revocation of medical staff privileges of a Kalamazoo, Michigan internist who subsequently failed in an antitrust case filed in federal court.
Argued the seminal Missouri Supreme Court case interpreting the scope and application of the peer review privilege in Missouri.
Obtained a defense jury verdict in what was considered to be the first trial in Missouri of a lawsuit against a hospital alleging corporate negligence and negligent credentialing arising out of the grant of privileges to a neurosurgeon whose surgery left the plaintiff paralyzed.
Obtained a defense jury verdict in a case arising out of the death of a 21-year-old mental health patient as a result of an alleged overdose of the drug Haldol.
Obtained a defense jury verdict in a catastrophic birth injury case against Baptist Medical Center where the alleged economic loss exceeded $15 million.
Obtained a defense jury verdict in a catastrophic birth injury case against a nurse, obstetrician, and hospital where the alleged economic loss exceeded $20 million.
Successfully prosecuted revocation of a laparoscopic surgeon's medical staff privileges at Baptist Medical Center without further litigation.
Successfully prosecuted the revocation of a neurologist's medical staff privileges at Research Medical Center without further litigation.
Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a domestic x-ray company against a French manufacturer of imaging equipment arising from the manufacturer's attempt to steal key employees and thus eliminate our client as a competitor.
Frequently represents hospitals and their executives in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, constructive discharge, and allegations of hostile work environment.
Awards & Recognition
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Polsinelli Shareholder as Top 250 Women in Litigation
June 20, 2014
Well-Known National Legal Commentator to Speak at Polsinelli
April 30, 2014
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