Rudolf G. Schade, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Cassiday Schade LLP and has served on the Executive Committee of the firm. Mr. Schade handles the preparation and trial of civil litigation with a special emphasis in health care matters. Mr. Schade has substantial experience in all areas of litigation, including appellate argument.
Mr. Schade has received an AV Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare. In addition, since 2004, he has been peer-selected every year into the Leading Lawyers Network for the areas of Medical Malpractice Defense, Health and Products Liability Defense Law. Furthermore, he has been named each year since 2007 to the Best Lawyers in America list for his work in Medical Malpractice Defense Law. In 2012, Mr. Schade was honored with the Distinguished Award for Excellence by the Illinois Bar Foundation. Mr. Schade was the recipient of a 2010 Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence by The Jury Verdict Reporter and Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He has also been recognized as one of the lawyers who was responsible for one of the ten best jury verdicts for defendants by the National Law Journal during the 1990’s.
Mr. Schade is active in health care organizations and has served as a director of the following: Director of Evangelical Health Systems (EHS Health Care as of April 1993), 1972-1981, 1983-1990; Chairman, 1975-1978; Director of Advocate Health Care, 1995-2006; Director, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council of Chicago (MCHC), 1984-1990; Director, Plymouth Place, Inc. 1984-1995. Mr. Schade was a member of the Council on Hospital Governance, Illinois Hospital Association, 1986-1989. He has been a trustee of Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, since 1996, and he served as a Director of the United Church of Christ Insurance Board from 2003 to 2012.
Mr. Schade was a Director of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1974-1992; President, 1992-1993; past President and Director of the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago (Director, 1976-1979; President, 1980-1981); and a past Director of the Society of Trial Lawyers (Director, 1986-1988). He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and served on the IADC Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado in 1996. He has also participated in ABOTA’s "Masters in Trial" programs in several states.
Mr. Schade is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served as president of the Illinois Chapter. He is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of The International Society of Barristers.
Mr. Schade has contributed a number of publications to the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is also a periodic lecturer to various hospital groups and legal associations in general areas of hospital law and trial practice. Mr. Schade has been an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. He has three children: Rudolf III, Paul and Ingrid Kwak, and lives in LaGrange, IL.