Russell Makepeace, Shareholder

Biography

Russell is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience assisting health care professionals in legal matters. He practiced in Southwest Missouri before joining the St. Louis office of Sandberg Phoenix where he has served in numerous mentoring and leadership roles, including as the firm’s Marketing Partner. He currently chairs the Hospital Defense Group, the largest of its kind in St. Louis with more than 30 attorneys. The group manages conflict at the intersection of tort law, medicine, and governmental regulation such as HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Members of this unique team defend the most complex, high-exposure cases filed against medical providers in the region.

In the courtroom, Russell serves as lead trial counsel for some of the largest medical providers in the metropolitan area. His clients include the BJC Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. His 2013 defense verdict in Gilvin v. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was ranked as one of the ten largest defense verdicts of the year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He was named a Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2014-2017, a distinction based on peer ratings. He was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of “Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice” by the same publication from 2010-2013, following his recognition by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri’s Up & Coming Lawyers in 2008.

Russell’s appellate experience includes work before various Federal and State appellate courts in both Missouri and Illinois. He was the lead brief writer on behalf of all intervenors when Missouri’s concealed weapons law was challenged in the Missouri Supreme Court in 2004. Reported cases include:

Bohac v. Walsh, 223 S.W.3d 858 (Mo. App. E.D. 2007)

Brooks v. State, 128 S.W.3d 844 (Mo. 2004)

Witters v. Hicks, 338 Ill. App. 3d 751, 790 N.E.2d 5 (Ill. App. 5 Dist. 2003)

Bella v. Turner, 30 S.W.3d 892 (Mo. App. S.D. 2000)

Background

Civic Activities
Russell is a member of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Washington University School of Law Alumni Association and the New City School Development Committee.

Professional Activities

Russell is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Missouri Adult Day Services Association.

Education

Russell earned his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 1999, where he was a Scholar at Law and the recipient of the Ronald J. Foulis Memorial Scholarship. He served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.

Prior to law school, Russell attended Southwest Missouri State University as a Presidential Scholar after being named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He earned his B.A. in History, summa cum laude, in 1996, with a minor in Religious Studies. In 1995 he worked for the Israeli Antiquities Department on the Banais archaeological expedition in northern Israel.

Successes

Russ obtained a defense verdict in the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, Missouri, in a medical negligence case alleging failure to diagnose and treat a migrated feeding tube, leading to peritonitis and death. The verdict was recognized by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly as one of Missouri’s ten largest defense verdicts of 2013.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Presenter: Medical Group Management Association, Patient Privacy: an Overview of Medicare’s Red Flags Rule, HIPAA, and the HITECH Act. (2010).

Moderator: National Business Institute ,Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys, (2010). Using Doctors to Sue Doctors, (NBI), April 2010.

The Battle Lines in Healthcare Reform: Dialysis and Death Panels, IN THE KNOW (MoADSA), October 2009.

The Battle Lines in Healthcare Reform, IN THE KNOW (MoADSA), May 2009.

Competence and Consent: Guardianship in the Health Care Setting, IN THE KNOW (MoADSA), January 2009.
What HIPAA Hath Wrought: the Future of Electronic Records, IN THE KNOW (MoADSA), October 2008.
Hospitals, Health Care and Market Share, IN THE KNOW (MoADSA), July 2008.
Presenter: Lorman Education Services, Balancing a Patient’s Right to Privacy with a Doctor’s Right to Defend: How HIPAA and other privacy constraints impact complex litigation. (2007).
Presenter: The Missouri Bar Seminar on Legal Trends & Recent Developments in Hospital Litigation, The Impact of HB 393 on Hospital Litigation. (2007).
Presenter: Symposium for St. Louis Area Risk Managers, Negligent Credentialing: The New Road to the Deep Pocket. (2007).
Moderator: The Risks of Risk Management Seminar, (2007).
Moderator: Lorman Education Services, Discovery Skills for Legal Staff Seminar, (2007).

 

BIOGRAPHY

Russell is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience assisting health care professionals in legal matters.  He practiced in Springfield, MO before joining Sandberg Phoenix where he is currently a member of Senior Leadership and serves as the Marketing Partner, overseeing business development, branding, and client service initiatives for the firm’s seven offices.  He also serves as Chair of the firm’s Hospital Defense Group, the largest of its kind in St. Louis with more than 30 attorneys.  The group manages conflict at the intersection of tort law, medicine, and governmental regulation such as HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act.

In the courtroom, Russell serves as lead trial counsel for some of the largest medical providers in the metropolitan area.  His clients include the BJC Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation.  His 2013 defense verdict in Gilvin v. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was ranked as one of the ten largest defense verdicts of the year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.  He was named a Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015, a distinction based on peer ratings.   He was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of “Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice” by the same publication in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, following his recognition by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri’s Up & Coming Lawyers in 2008.

Russell’s appellate experience includes work before various Federal and State appellate courts in both Missouri and Illinois.  He was the lead brief writer on behalf of all intervenors when Missouri’s concealed weapons law was challenged in the Missouri Supreme Court in 2004.  Reported cases include:

Bohac v. Walsh, 223 S.W.3d 858 (Mo. App. E.D. 2007)

Brooks v. State, 128 S.W.3d 844 (Mo. 2004)

Witters v. Hicks, 338 Ill. App. 3d 751, 790 N.E.2d 5 (Ill. App. 5 Dist. 2003)

Bella v. Turner, 30 S.W.3d 892 (Mo. App. S.D. 2000)

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