Rodger L. Eckelberry is a civil defense attorney whose practice focuses on defending alleged insurance, healthcare and other class actions and complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Rodger draws on his extensive class action experience to resolve cases for his clients quickly and efficiently whenever possible.
His understanding of the insurance industry, in particular, allows Rodger to quickly assist clients in finding the best, most cost-effective way to resolve alleged class actions and other complex litigation.
Rodger’s familiarity with the laws and regulations governing insurance allows him to educate clients on the best practices and approaches to not only succeed in litigation but to also avoid further litigation.
- Obtained dismissal of five out of seven claims of alleged procedure over-coding by hospital physicians and settled the remaining two claims on very favorable terms in a qui tam action. Lovett v. Holzer Clinic Inc., Case No. 2:08-CV-312, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2015).
- Obtained judgment on the pleadings, prior to discovery, in a $5 million breach of agency contract action. Obtained affirmance from the Sixth Circuit without oral argument. CoMa Ins. Agency Inc. v. Safeo Ins. Co., 526 Fed. Appx. 465 (6th Cir. 2013).
- Obtained dismissal of an alleged class action challenging medical reimbursement rates based on the use of prevailing price formula software. Mitchell v. American Standard Ins. Co., Summit County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 2012-09-5125 (2012).
- As co-counsel, obtained a reversal of a class certification of claims challenging an adjustment of hail damage claims. Kartman v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 634 F.3d 883 (7th Cir. 2011).
- Developed and implemented a creative strategy to move a certified question of law quickly through the court system in an industrywide, precedent-setting, alleged insurance consumer class action. Decades-old precedent allowed insured persons to recover payment for the same medical expenses twice under different coverages. On behalf of a national insurer, obtained a unanimous decision from the Ohio Supreme Court reversing prior law, establishing an industrywide change before any discovery or other cost to the client. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Grace, 123 Ohio St. 3d 471 (Ohio 2009).
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Columbus Bar Association
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States: Lifetime Member
- American Legion: Lifetime Member
- J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1999
- B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
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