Robert L. Larsen is an equity partner at Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine, and focuses his practice on medical and dental malpractice defense, appeals, and insurance and “bad faith” claims.
Bob has successfully defended cases involving dentists, hospital liability, birth trauma, failure to diagnose cancer, surgical errors, radiology, pathology, neurology, cardiology, internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, and other specialties. He has helped defend cases involving home healthcare personnel, medical staffing agencies (emergency room and others), physician medical groups, and traveling medical providers. Bob was also instrumental in creating current Illinois law requiring an expert report to pursue a claim against a physical therapist.
He has also been involved in a variety of dental negligence cases, cultivating a deep understanding of the language and issues surrounding dissatisfaction with cosmetic outcomes and loss of teeth, to more catastrophic issues such as aspirating dental equipment, nerve injuries, TMJ and oral cancer. His defense work has included individuals and groups of general dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons and prosthodontists.
Bob has an extensive appellate track record, having argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and petitioning the United States Supreme Court. Many of his cases have resulted in published opinions. He serves as the primary appellate lawyer within the firm and is regularly called upon to advise trial counsel in high risk and high value cases.
Bob has represented some of the largest insurance carriers in Illinois on their coverage and bad faith issues, often consulting in advance when claims are particularly complex or present a high risk.
Bob is a past Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee for DuPage County, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the DuPage County Board of Health.
Bob began his career with the United State Marine Corps, retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant Colonel after receiving multiple awards for his service during active duty. He is also the recipient of the American Bar Association Award of Professional Merit.