Tonya Rager

Learning and understanding my clients’ profession and practice is my approach to deliver the best possible representation to every case, every organization, and every professional I represent. I identify with my clients’ devotion to their profession and understand the anxiety created by a lawsuit that may challenge its foundation. I feel privileged to step into that situation, apply my abilities and skills, and reach a satisfactory resolution for the client.

Practical Experience

Medical Malpractice Defense. Successfully defended an ENT surgeon accused of negligence resulting in paralysis of the face. The case was tried to a jury and resulted in an unanimous defense verdict.

Legal Malpractice Defense. Successfully defended an attorney accused of negligence for failing to meet the statute of limitations. The case was dismissed by summary judgment.

Mass Tort/Complex Litigation/Class Action Defense. Successfully managed and resolved case involving 64 named Defendants in which clients were the main targets of Plaintiffs’ Complaint. Defended a complex negligence/mass tort case involving allegations of unnecessary procedures in a hospital setting with multiple Plaintiffs, Defendants, and issues.

Appellate Advocacy. Prosecuted and defended numerous appellate cases, including reported cases, at all levels of courts in Kentucky, both state and federal. Orally argued multiple cases at the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court, and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Proven Expertise


LLM, Loyola University of Chicago, 1996
JD, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1994
BA, Transylvania University, 1991


Professional Background

Kentucky Bar Association, Member since 1994
Defense Research Institute, Member
Kentucky Association of Hospital Attorneys, Member
Staff Attorney to Judges Huddleston, Wilhoit, and Barber at the Kentucky Court of Appeals
Adjunct Professor, Western Kentucky University, 1995-1996
Past President and Member of Board of Park Early Childcare Center
Past President and Member of Board of Harrods Hill Pool & Tennis Club