History of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, PC
During the 1970s, our personal injury lawyers established themselves as pioneers in asbestos litigation, representing victims of mesothelioma and the debilitating pulmonary diseases that asbestos exposure can cause. Our earliest asbestos cases involved exposures at the Boston Naval and Bethlehem Steel Shipyards, after which we began to represent workers from shipyards across the country, as well as pipecoverers, pipefitters, boilermakers, plumbers, electricians, sheetmetal workers, carpenters, and other tradesmen from a variety of land-based worksites, including construction sites, power plants and factories.
All the while, we have provided peerless representation to victims of a wide range of catastrophic accidents, handling numerous motor vehicle accidents, brain and spinal cord injuries, defective pharmaceutical cases, children’s injuries, medical malpractice claims, workers’ compensation injuries, construction site accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bite cases, premises liability, and other personal injury cases. Each case is handled in a strategic and diligent manner with a deep understanding of our clients’ injuries and how their disability profoundly affects their lives. As part of our representation, we seek to recover all applicable damages for our clients including loss of income, physical pain and suffering and disability, emotional distress, scarring disfigurement, permanent functional impairment, loss of vocation, medical bills, and more.
Each personal injury lawyer at our Malden law practice takes pride in keeping our clients fully advised of their legal options and rights, guiding them with a sure hand toward the compensation to which they are entitled. In doing so, we have amassed an impressive record of settlements and jury awards while participating in a number of notable and even historic cases. One of the proudest moments in our firm’s history occurred in 1993, when Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C., joined 50 other law firms throughout the nation to take action against the tobacco companies, who had for years managed to avoid taking responsibility for the millions of deaths their products had caused. By 1998, these tobacco companies had agreed to pay more than $200 billion to states nationwide and to stop marketing their deadly products to children. In 2003, in another historic case, Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C., joined forces with firms in Dallas and New York City to bring to justice large oil refiners that had contaminated public water supplies with the gasoline additive Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). This case was settled for over $450 million, more than $90 million of which went to 80 public water providers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Currently, Rodman, Rodman & Sandman is engaged in the representation of over 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation centralized in Ohio.
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We at Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, PC know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer a free consultation to determine whether you have a viable case and to answer any questions you may have.
Steven J. Rodman, Esq.
Steven J. Rodman is President of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C. and has been one of the firm's personal injury attorneys for over 33 years, serving clients from Boston, Malden, and all of the surrounding cities and towns in Massachusetts. Steve graduated with honors from the University of Rochester in 1982 and then received his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law in 1985.
Steve has extensive experience in all aspects of personal injury law. Over the course of his career, he has successfully litigated and resolved thousands of claims on behalf of plaintiffs involving car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, asbestos exposure, construction site accidents, workers’ compensation, product defects, unsafe premises, brain and spinal cord injuries, and children’s injuries. Steve is passionate about his cases and gets to know his clients very well so that he is able to communicate their pain and suffering and disability to judges, juries, insurance adjusters and opposing counsel.
In addition to handling individual personal injury cases, Steve has also played a significant role in helping the firm achieve national recognition in the areas of asbestos, tobacco, MTBE (gasoline additive), opioid, and other toxic torts. He is a strong negotiator and advocate whose creative and persuasive style has produced many millions of dollars in settlements, mediation and arbitration results, and judgments for his clients.
Steve loves to play basketball, ice hockey and build furniture. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Sarine, who is an artist. They have three children presently living and working in New York City and Washington, DC.
Richard M. Sandman, Esq.
Attorney Richard M. Sandman is co-owner and Managing Partner of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C., and has been a practicing attorney for 39 years. Following graduation from Boston College Law School where he served as Executive Editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Rich started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he litigated high-exposure felonies. He returned to Massachusetts and became one of our personal injury attorneys in 1985.
Rich is nationally recognized in the area of toxic tort. He has also specialized in complex product liability claims. He has been involved extensively in tobacco-related litigation, and worked with other personal injury attorneys throughout the country to achieve the national multibillion-dollar settlement with the tobacco industry. He has represented thousands of asbestos claimants nationwide in state and federal courts, earning millions of dollars for his clients. Rich has played significant roles in litigations involving defective prescription drugs and other products. Recently, he represented eighty Massachusetts municipalities whose public water supplies had been contaminated by the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). After six years of litigation, the case settled, resulting in over $83 million dollars to his clients. Currently, Rich is leading the firm’s charge in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, a multi-district case centralized in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In this litigation, the firm is local counsel to over 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Rich is co-lead counsel of Massachusetts Opioid Litigation Attorneys (MOLA).
In addition to his work in toxic torts, Rich has successfully litigated and resolved individual claims involving catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, head injuries, burns, construction site injuries, as well as claims against major automobile manufactures for automotive defects, including crashworthiness claims involving Jeep CJs and Wranglers.
Rich is an avid dog lover and enjoys tennis, golf, and photography. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Susan. His two sons are also attorneys presently practicing in New Orleans and Dallas.
Allen Rodman, Esq.
Personal injury attorney Allen Rodman, who is currently Of Counsel to Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C., founded the law firm in 1957 after graduating from Harvard Law School and serving in the U.S. Army. He also received a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1974. For over 50 years, Allen represented victims who had been wronged by the negligence of others in the fields of personal injury, toxic torts, workers’ compensation, and product defects. He is known as a pioneer in several areas of litigation, including asbestos exposure and tobacco addiction.
In the mid-1970s, when other personal injury attorneys declined, Allen began representing victims of asbestos exposure from Malden, Boston, and the surrounding area who were suffering from asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. As the practice grew, he obtained many millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of several thousand tradesmen in at-risk occupations and their families.
Allen showed his visionary spirit once again in 1993 when the firm's personal injury attorneys partnered with other firms from around the country to litigate pioneering addiction cases against the tobacco industry. The result of the combined effort was a national settlement of over $200 billion dollars going to states across the country for Medicaid reimbursement.
Allen is an astute student of history and enjoys tennis, cross-country skiing, chess, and writing. His first book of poetry was published recently, along with a book of children’s stories. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife and has three children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.