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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1972
    • B.S., University of Kansas, 1968
Thomas G. Kokoruda is a commercial trial lawyer with a focus on hospital liability, physician malpractice and medical staff privilege litigation.
  • 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.