Tonya Rager

Learning and understanding my clients’ profession is the foundation of each case I represent. I identify with my clients’ devotion to their profession and understand the anxiety created by a lawsuit. I feel privileged to step into that situation, apply my abilities and skills, and reach a satisfactory resolution for the client.

Practical Experience

Advocating for medical professionals. 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.

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

Resolving a complex problem. 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.

Active in appeals. 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, 1994
BA, Transylvania University, 1991


Admitted to Practice



Professional Achievements

Staff Attorney to Judges Huddleston, Wilhoit, and Barber at the Kentucky Court of Appeals


Professional Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Kentucky Association of Hospital Attorneys


Speaking Engagements

Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Convention Medical Review Panel Considerations



Published in Common Defense, 2017 “Digital Breakups: What Should Happen to Electronic Information When You Leave a Law Firm?”