Rod Adams joined Woods Rogers’ Richmond office in November 2019 as part of the Medical Malpractice Defense and Health Law groups.

Rod focuses on advising and defending health care providers in matters involving patient care and other unique issues the healthcare industry must address. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on his more than 30 years of extensive trial and agency adjudication experience. Rod has tried more than 75 major cases to jury verdict and was named Lawyer of the Year—Medical Malpractice, Defendant, in 2019 by Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his client work, Rod is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond Law School and an Affiliated Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Health Administration. He teaches medical ethics, corporate health law, mental health law, and health policy. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at the College of William & Mary, he has taught a medical malpractice trial practicum since 2015 that includes practicing physicians and surgeons playing key roles in the trial held before a judge and jury. Rod also leads study abroad programs in global bioethics for William & Mary undergraduates. He received the Jerry L. Norville Award for Outstanding Education from the VCU Master of Health Administration Class of 2018.

Rod is certified by the American Board of Trial Advocacy and appears in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Benchmark, Martindale-Hubbell AV-Peer Rating, and other rankings. He has authored Virginia Medical Law, Fifth Edition (2019), and Clinical Trials & Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance. Rod also contributed chapters to The Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations, Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia, and Legal Concepts and Best Practices in Obstetrics: The Physician’s Guide to Mitigating Risk.

Rod received his J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law and his L.L.M in Forensic Medicine from the University of Glasgow, Faculty of Law. He has served on the boards of directors for several non-profits including a free health clinic, an assisted living residence, a home health agency, a charity funding medical research, and several medical ethics committees.


American Bar Association
Subcommittee on Medical Ethics, Chairman, 1997-98 & 1998-99
Co-Chairman, 2000 – 2007

American Health Lawyers Association

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Health Law Professors Annual Conferences

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Virginia State Bar
Health Law Section Board of Governors (2019-present)

Virginia Bar Association
Health Law Section

Thought Leadership

“The Duty to Protect: The Virginia Approach,” Keynote Speaker, Virginia Bar Association 15th Annual Health Care Practitioners’ Roundtable, Richmond, VA, October 24, 2019

“Confidentiality of Behavioral Health Care in the Era of Mass Shootings,” American Society for Health Care Risk Management 2019 Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD,  October 14, 2019

“Virginia Regulations Governing Prescribing of Opioids,” Virginia Lawyer, Vol. 67, No. 5 Health Law Edition, Virginia State Bar, Feb 2019

“Cannabidiol Oil and THC-A Oil Possession in Virginia,” Virginia Lawyer, Vol. 67, No. 5 Health Law Edition, Virginia State Bar, Feb 2019

“The Eroding Off-Label Drug Use Promotion Prohibition,” 12 J. of Health & Life Sci. Law 3-22 (Feb. 2019)

Virginia Medical Law (LuLu Press 5th ed., 2019).

Clinical Trials and Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance, w/Rozovsky (Jossey-Bass 2003).

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