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Up & Coming Lawyers: Tom Rottinghaus, 35

* Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, shareholder

* University of Kansas

* Health and Professional Liability

Upon graduation from law school in 1998, Tom Rottinghaus elected to practice health and professional liability law because the specialty offered a singular appeal: the chance to try cases early in his career.

“When I graduated, I wanted to do trial work, and at the time a lot of medical cases were getting tried,” he said. “I felt that it would give me the earliest opportunity to get into the courtroom.”

Today, Rottinghaus cites his courtroom experience as his most important legal achievement. He has the distinction of being the youngest attorney to present HCA Healthcare as first chair counsel.

His trial achievements include a summary judgment in the St. Louis City Circuit Court for Riverside Hospital and Counseling Center regarding a wrongful death claim, Bailey v. Samissa Health Care Corporation, Riverside Hospital and Counseling Center. Rottinghaus successfully argued that under Missouri law a psychiatric center cannot be held accountable for care provided by a provider via telephone conversation.

His practice has led to numerous speaking engagements for audiences ranging from attorneys groups to the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiologists.

“It helps me look at various health care and medical issues through the eyes of people who are in the trenches, doing medical care,” he said.