Although Royal Oak attorney Ronda Little did not have any lawyers in her family, she was always interested in criminal law and forensics. “I began my undergraduate degree at Michigan State in Criminalistics. Ultimately, I broadened my degree to Pre-Law and went on to Wayne State Law School,” stated Little.
“After my first year, I clerked for Bill Gage and Rob Sickels. Their practice was focused primarily on medical malpractice cases. The first case I worked on involved a woman who died at an adult foster care home. As I dug into the State licensing file, I found the operator of the home had a long history of suspected mental illness. Despite repeated requests from the State, she never complied with their request for a psychiatric exam and her license to operate the home remained in effect. Our client died of a drug overdose because the operator left medications unlocked. The first Complaint I ever drafted was against the State licensing personnel for their failure to revoke the license of this mentally unstable operator. The home was shut down (after a second resident died), and we settled the case,” said Little.
“After my second year of law school, I clerked at a large corporate firm in Detroit. While the pay was good, I had no client contact, and my role was limited to research and writing. I missed the investigational element of plaintiff’s work and decided to return to medical malpractice work after graduation. I have been doing plaintiff’s medical malpractice work for 20 years and have had the privilege of working with great attorneys and support staff. For many years, I worked with Bill Gage, first as an associate and later as his partner. Learning from someone with his knowledge and experience was invaluable and I enjoyed navigating the complexities of medical malpractice cases with him. A few years ago, Greg Bereznoff and I became partners after we shared work through the listserve for years. We handle medical malpractice cases throughout the State, focusing on death and serious injury cases, and we work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.”
Little added, “Although there are many challenges to doing medical malpractice work, I still find it compelling. Taking a box of medical records and figuring out what happened, why it happened, who was responsible and whether it is malpractice, is always interesting. I find there is a great misperception about medical malpractice cases. Sharing our client’s stories, which repeatedly demonstrate the failure to provide basic medical care, is key to changing perception.”
Little has been a member of MAJ since 1993 and appreciates the services offered. “I benefit from the listserver on a daily basis and I always attend the yearly MAJ Medical Malpractice Seminar. I am impressed by the work MAJ does in multiple arenas.”
A monthly contributor to JUSTICE PAC, Little believes that without JUSTICE PAC funding, the interests of MAJ will not be heard.
“I am a recent addition to the Amicus Committee. They do a great job staying abreast of worrisome issues in the appellate pipeline and providing support so as to minimize bad case law.”
Little has been married for 21 years to a Physical Education teacher in Southfield. “We have a 17-year-old son, and a 13-year-old daughter. We enjoy outdoor family activities and our adventures have included white water rafting, zip lining, and dog sledding. I enjoy watching and playing sports and I am on a co-ed softball team with several MAJ members.”