Rob Brandt has been with Riley Bennett Egloff since 2004 and is a member of the firm’s management committee. Rob practices primarily in civil and business litigation, with an emphasis in the health care field. He handles all aspects of medical malpractice defense litigation for long-term care facilities, hospitals and other health care providers, before Medical Review Panels and courts throughout the State of Indiana. Rob’s practice also focuses on representing insurance clients in regulatory matters before the Indiana Department of Insurance.
Prior to joining Riley Bennett Egloff, Rob served as a deputy prosecutor in Hamilton County Indiana, where he successfully prosecuted misdemeanor and felony offenses in numerous jury and bench trials.
- Indiana Health Care Foundation – Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
- The Indiana Health Care Foundation (IHCF), a 501 (c) (3) organization, was established in 1997. Their core purpose is to further the knowledge, education, information, and understanding in the areas of the health care, wellness, and services to the aged and chronically ill.
- Indianapolis Parks Foundation (2006 – 2007)
- The mission of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation is to enhance the recreational, educational and cultural life of the Indianapolis community by encouraging and soliciting support for our city's parks system.
- Obtained numerous unanimous Medical Review Panel opinions favorable to hospital and nursing home clients in medical malpractice actions.
- Defended insurer against a Department of Insurance order directing insurer to pay an eight-figure penalty, based on allegations that the insurer failed to adhere to state law and administrative regulations. Parties ultimately settled dispute for less than 10% of the alleged amount claimed, prior to hearing on insurer’s Petition for Judicial Review.
Publications & Presentations
Time for Change, Again – Increasing Limits Under Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, RBE Blog (2019)
- On July 1, 2017 significant changes to Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, Ind. Code § 34-18-1-1 et seq. (the “MMA”) went into effect. Most notable of these changes was an increase in limitation of damages recoverable, from both the underlying healthcare provider, as well as from Indiana’s Patient’s Compensation Fund (the “PCF”). These limits are set to increase again on July 1, 2019. READ ARTICLE
Time for Change - Proposed Amendments to Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act, RBE Blog (2015)
- Over the course of the last year, the Indiana legislature, pushed in part by lawyers and health care providers alike, have examined and considered changes to Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, Ind. Code § 34-18-1-1 et. seq. (the “MMA”). In its most simplistic form, the MMA provides that, other than for a few specific exceptions, a claim for medical malpractice cannot proceed in trial court against a “qualified” health care provider until a medical review panel consisting of three independent health care providers reviews the claim and issues an opinion as to whether or not they believe malpractice was committed. One of the major exceptions to presenting a claim to a medical review panel is a “bottom threshold” of damages. Currently, I.C. § 34-18-8-6 allows a plaintiff to bypass the medical review panel if they are seeking total damages of not more than $15,000.00. READ ARTICLE
Awards & Recognition
IU Bloomington School of Law Moot Court Team– ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2001-2002)
- The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of a mock court.
Excellence in Oral Advocacy – Moot Court (2001-2002)
Federal Communications Law Journal – Notes Editor (2001-2002)
- The Federal Communication Law Journal (FCLJ) is the official journal for the Federal Communications Bar Association and, in serving this important role, often features articles and essays by Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and members of Congress, as well as leading scholars in the field of Communications Law and Policy.
Indianapolis Bar Association – Bar Leader Series (2007)
- The IndyBar's Bar Leader Series develops lawyers for future opportunities in leadership roles in the business and legal communities. Through the Bar Leader Series, participants will learn what it means to be a leader, gain insight vital to leaders in our community and learn how to communicate, motivate, inspire and succeed not only in your law career, but also in service to professional, political, judicial, civic and community.
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2002)
- Marist College, B.A. Communication Arts (1994)
- Indiana (2002)