Roderick E. Edmond, M.D., J.D.
A physician with three decades of experience, Roderick E. Edmond, M.D., J.D. heads LawMD’s Atlanta practice. A respected medical doctor as well as a leading trial lawyer, Dr. Edmond focuses his litigation practice in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and defective medical devices.
Dr. Edmond has a long track record of service. After earning his biology degree from Morehouse College, he received his medical degree from Duke University in 1987. He completed post-graduate training in general surgery at Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he served five years as a physician and captain in the United States Army. During his military service, Dr. Edmond was Brigade Surgeon for the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division on the demilitarized zone in the Republic of Korea. As an Army doctor, he also served as a staff physician at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Edmond practiced medicine by day and attended law school at night. He received his law degree in 1993 from Georgetown University.
After law school, Dr. Edmond devoted himself to bettering the lives of people traditionally underserved in the medical community. He served four years as medical director for a large metropolitan Atlanta jail. He also spent several years operating JurisMed, a medical-legal consulting company.
As a trial lawyer, Dr. Edmond honed his skills under the mentorship of famed litigator, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. at The Cochran Firm. During his time there, Dr. Edmond successfully litigated a number of multimillion dollar personal injury cases, including one of the largest settlements for medical negligence in the history of South Carolina in a lawsuit involving a woman who died from the delayed diagnosis of a rare heart condition. Dr. Edmond also won one of the largest jury verdicts in the state of North Carolina in a non-death nursing home negligence case. At The Cochran Firm, he also resolved the civil suit for the widow of a D.C. postal worker who died from an anthrax infection acquired through the Brentwood Postal Office.
Six months after opening the doors of his own law firm in 2003, Dr. Edmond settled a multimillion dollar suit against a company that distributed defective biomedical material to a patient. His firm also represented a number of the victims and widows from the 2008 Imperial Sugar Refinery explosion in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Eswards also litigated a multimillion dollar federal lawsuit against private defense contractors on behalf of widows and victims of torture in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Dr. Edmond has published numerous articles in medical journals and is an active speaker on the subjects of medical and medical-legal issues. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, The American Bar Association, The National Bar Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
An active member of the Atlanta community, Dr. Edmond lives with his family in Inman Park. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections and is the former Chairperson of the Atlanta Citizen Review Board. He also serves on the MARTA Board of Directors. In his spare time, Dr. Edmond coaches basketball and baseball teams in his neighborhood.