Christian R. Jagusch
Christian R. Jagusch, MD, JD, joined the legal team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger after a distinguished medical career as an Emergency Medicine Specialist.
Over the last four years, Christian has worked to obtained over $65 million in settlements and judgments for our clients.
He began his academic journey at Creighton University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry summa cum laude and continued his academic success at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his postgraduate training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Upon completion, he earned the Resident of the Year Award, the highest honor given to a member of the graduating residency class. Thereafter, he practiced in the field of Emergency Medicine for more than 10 years and remains a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Specialist. He was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2011 and as a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine in 2016.
In 2020, Dr. Jagusch joined the faculty of Creighton University School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is currently developing a medical-legal externship for fourth-year medical students to study medical jurisprudence, bioethics, and medical malpractice.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jagusch rejoined the frontlines to care for patients through a telemedicine platform. He has treated numerous patients helping to offload the health care system so providers can focus on caring for the influx of COVID-19 patients.
As part of his long time career goal, Christian attended law school to continue his commitment to patient advocacy. He graduated magna cum laude in May 2015 from University of California Hastings College of the Law where he ranked in the top 5% of the graduating class and was admitted into the Thurston Honor Society. While in law school, he received multiple awards for academic excellence and began developing his advocacy skills by competing on the prestigious Hastings Intercollegiate Trial Team where he won awards in four national trial competitions.
While at Hastings, he was elected to the Board of the local chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. During his final year of law school, Dr. Jagusch served as a legal intern and medical consultant to the California State Assembly Business and Professions Committee, playing a role in public policy formation while gaining valuable insight into the legislative process.
Christian is deeply committed to community service. In addition to guest lecturing at Hastings, he volunteers to judge local law school trial competitions and assists the Hastings Intercollegiate Trial Team. He is an active member of local legal societies where he frequently lectures in the area of medical malpractice. He has worked as a volunteer with the California High School Speech Association. He also has served as the volunteer Medical Director for the Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walks, and the American Red Cross First Aid Station Program in Northern California.
Since joining the Walkup firm, Christian has worked on a wide variety of case types, including the firm’s general personal injury and defective drugs and devices cases. With his unique background, his focus and expertise is in the prosecution of complex medical malpractice cases. He has handled dozens of cases against Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Southern California and has extensive experience with their arbitration system.