Russell L. Hendrickson

Russell L. Hendrickson

Oklahoma City, OK
Partner

Phone: 405-552-5258 
Fax: 405-235-2904

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Born in Oklahoma City, Rusty is a civil litigation attorney who specializes in the defense of healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation. He graduated with a B.S. Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1981 and with his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1984. He joined Pierce Couch in 1984 and became a Partner in 1991.

Rusty has tried numerous lawsuits in the defense of physicians and other healthcare providers. He has been selected by his peers as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer every year since it’s inception in 2006. He also has been rated by his peers as an AV Preeminent Lawyer every year since 1994. Rusty lives in Edmond with Kathy, his wife of 32 years. They have 3 sons, Jeffrey, Will, and Greg.

Bar Admissions:

  • Oklahoma, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1994

Education:

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1984
    J.D.
    Honors: Phi Delta Phi
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts II
    Law Review: Oklahoma Law Review, Editor, 1982 – 1984

Published Works:

  • Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: Does the Insurance Carrier’s Right Exist Independent of the Workers’ Compensation Statute?, 36 Oklahoma Law Review, Issue 4, 1983
  • Physician’s Liability: Don’t Be Responsible for the Negligence of Others, Professional Medical Monitor, December, 1991

Representative Cases:

  • Juvinal v. Independent School District, 878 P.2d 1026 (Supreme Court of Oklahoma 1994)
  • Mott v. Carlson, 786 P.2d 1247 (Supreme Court of Oklahoma 1990)
  • DeLaughter v. Gutierrez, 47 P.3d 462 (Supreme Court of Oklahoma 2001)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Medical Malpractice Law in the 1990’s, Oklahoma City University School of Law, November 3, 1995
  • Defending Breast Cancer Litigation, Oklahoma County Medical Association, September 28, 2004
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Oklahoma County Medical Association, September 14, 2006
  • Behaving Badly Is For Toddlers – Bringing Civility Back Into Civil Litigation, The Oklahoma Association for Justice and The Oklahoma Association For Defense Counsel, December 12, 2016.
  • All Counsel Seminar – Legislative and Judicial Updates, OU Physicians, May 4, 2017.

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1994 – Present
  • Outstanding Service Award, Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, 2002 and 2003
  • Selected for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2006 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1984 – Present
    Member
  • The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 1996 – Present
    Member
  • The Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, 2000 – 2005
    Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman of the Legislative Committee
  • The Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, 2001 – 2004
    Board member
  • The Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, 1984 – Present
    Member
  • Defense Research Institute, 1984 – Present
    Member
  • Robert J. Turner American Inn of Court, 1999 – 2001
    Master

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, 1984 – 1994

Areas of Practice:

  • 100% Medical Malpractice
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