Chad D. Engelhardt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI

Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
 | 3049 Miller, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-769-6838
Fax: 734-769-7935
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Chad is a patient safety advocate that takes pride in representing injured people against insurance companies, hospitals and big companies. Chad focuses his practice on the prosecution of complex medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. He fights to promote safety for all Michigan citizens by standing up for accountability and responsibility. His involvement in numerous cases has resulted in millions of dollars being recovered for his clients.

Chad is also a leader in legal education. He is an award-winning adjunct professor and clinical field supervisor at Cooley Law School's Ann Arbor campus, where he mentors students and teaches courses in litigation skills and medical malpractice. He also serves as the Michigan Association for Justice's Education Chair and is a regular CLE speaker on medical negligence and litigation issues.

Before becoming a trial lawyer, Chad fought for justice and safety as a law enforcement officer with a large police agency for over 12 years. He worked full-time during college and all through law school. During his law enforcement career, Chad served in the patrol services, corrections and court services divisions. He was a field training officer, was trained in investigations, qualified as an expert marksman and a defensive tactics instructor. He was also trained as a hostage negotiator and served on an elite tactical unit.

Chad is a proud husband and the active father of three children. When not working, Chad enjoys bicycling and cooking, including catering charity dinner parties to benefit brain injured children.

 
Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Professional Malpractice - Other, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012

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About Chad Engelhardt

Admitted: 2005, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://cmtjustice.com/chad-engelhardt/

Honors/Awards:

  • Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury, Professional Liability, Top Lawyer, Detroit Business Magazine, 2011
  • Award for Professional Responsibility, Phi Delta Phi
  • February 4, 2013 – Ann Arbor Attorney Chad Engelhardt will be honored with Thomas M. Cooley Law School's "Integrity in Our Community Award" on Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon.  Engelhardt will speak at the school's Ann Arbor campus as part of Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's "Integrity in Our Communities" speaker series. His presentation is titled "Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism."  "Chad has supported Cooley's ethics and professionalism initiatives in the Ann Arbor community and beyond, not only professionally, but personally," said Melissa Stowe-Lloyd, assistant director of Cooley Law School's Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism. "He has offered financial support to many of the community's initiatives to help the underprivileged, provided countless hours of pro-bono legal services, and gives his time to help others beyond their legal needs." Engelhardt is the founding member of the Center for Medical Truth and Justice and a partner at Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC in Ann Arbor. He focuses his practice on the litigation of complex medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Detroit Business recognized Engelhardt as one of Michigan's top medical malpractice attorneys and he was named one of Michigan's "Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers. He was also honored by The New York Times as one of Michigan's "Top Young Attorneys."  , Integrity in Our Community, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
  • Magna Cum Laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, 2005
  • Michigan Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2010
  • http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/48104-mi-chad-engelhardt-738663.html, Superb Rated Attorney, AVVO
  • http://www.michiganjustice.org/MI/index.cfm?pg=PaceSetter, Pace Setter, March 2012, Michigan Association for Justice, 2013
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. Awarded to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research., Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association , 2012
  • Top Young Attorneys in Michigan, New York Times, 2010
  • Awarded Student's Choice Award as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School., Student's Choice Award, Cooley Law School AA-SBA, 2012
  • http://thenationaltriallawyers.org/profile-view/Chad/Engelhardt/6009/, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Michigan Association for Justice (Executive Board Member; Chair of New Lawyers Section 2011-2012; Chair of Continuing Legal Education, 2013; Co-Chair of Medical Malpractice Committee, 2013)
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice (Executive Board Member)
  • Bar Admissions: State Bar of Michigan, United States District Court (Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Representative Assembly, Negligence Law Section Leadership Council and Appellate and Litigation Sections member)
  • American Inns of Court (Oakland and Washtenaw Co. Chapters) 
  • Oakland County Bar Association (Chair, Solo and Firm Committee, 2008, Vice-Chair 2007)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lakeshore Legal Clinic (Family Law Assistance)
  • Making Meals Happen, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Guardian Ad Litem, Oakland County Probate Court and Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan , 2012 - Present, Adjunct Professor of Law and Clinical Field Supervisor
  • MAJ Conference, Discovery Rules Evening Forum, 2019
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, Discovery Changes for Civil Practitioners, 2019
  • MAJ Medical Malpractice, The Problem: Judicial Erosion of Grewe, 2019
  • NBI, Inc., How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), 2019
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, Best Practices for Effective Disclosures and Discovery Under the Revised Michigan Court Rules, 2019
  • Washtenaw County Community College Nursing Program, Patient Safety in Nursing Practice, 2019
  • ICLE, Demonstration: Daubert Hearing, 2019
  • ICLE, Apply the Michigan Discovery Rule Changes to Your Practice, 2019
  • ICLE, Introduction to the Court of Claims, 2019
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, Thinking Inside the Box- Moderator and Program Chair, 2019
  • ICLE, Get the Most Out of Expert Witnesses, 2018
  • NBI, Inc., Trial Preparation From Start to Finish for Paralegals, 2018
  • SBM Negligence Law Section and MAJ, Negligence Law Section Spring Seminar: Improve Your Client’s Odds in the World of Litigation, 2018
  • MAJ No-Fault Institute, MAJ No-Fault Institute XV Learning and Using Best Practices, 2018
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, Civil Justice CPR: Reviving the Dying Art of Trial Lawyering, 2018
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, State Bar of Michigan 2017 Special Committee on Civil Discovery Court Rule Review’s Report and Recommendations, 2017
  • NBI, EMR Cyber-Clues: Becoming a Digital Detective, 2017
  • NBI, How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), 2017
  • SBM Negligence Law Section, Liens 2017 Lessons from the Trenches, 2017
  • MAJ Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, Don’t Let the Evidentiary Gates Shut on Your Case: Navigating Rule 702 and Daubert Issues for Reliable Expert Witness Testimony, 2016
  • ICLE, Medical Malpractice Basics Seminar, 2016
  • MAJ 71st Annual Seminar – New Ways to Succeed, The Role of Medical Literature After Ehler, 2016
  • MAJ, Mobile Technology: A Courtroom Equation, 2015
  • MAJ, The “New” Court of Claims: Practice and Procedure, 2014
  • ICLE, SB 652: What Happened to the Court of Claims?
  • AAJ, Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Litigation
  • MAJ Voir Dire Seminar, Orientation on Lawyer Professionalism
  • TMCLS, Program Chair, State Bar of Michigan
  • Featured ICLE Contributions:Michigan Causes of Action Formbook Torts: Michigan Law and Practice, Second Edition , Author, ICLE Health Care Malpractice , Institute for Continuing Legal Education , 2015
  • An overview of Sec. 5851 of Michigan's Revised Judicature Act, A TIME OF GRACE – MICHIGAN’S DISABILITY TOLLING STATUTE, 2016
  • Legal drafting review, Well-Crafted Prose with a Twist: Cooney's Sketches on Legal Style, 2014
  • Provided lecture, mock judging and student feedback in law school skills based practicum focusing on civil pretrial litigation and trial skills, Guest Lecturer, Civil Trial Practice, University of Michigan Law School, Civil Trial Practice (LAW753), 2014
  • Michigan Association for Justice Annual Seminar, Moderator, 2016
  • Author, Immunity for Some is Justice for None, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section , 2011
  • Presentation covering the evolving role of medical and scientific literature in support of expert testimony, The Role of Medical Literature Post-Elher, Michigan Association For Justice, 2016
  • Author, Fraudulent Transfer; Quiet Title, Starting the Case: Michigan Complaint Manual, Michigan Assoc. For Justice, 2011
  • The "New" Michigan Court of Claims: Practice and Procedure, Invited Speaker, Michigan Association For Justice Meadowbrook Seminar, 2014
  • Author, Peer Review: Not An Iron Curtain, Michigan Assoc. For Justice, 2010
  • Author, Negligence Lawyer? There's an app for that. The proliferation and suitability of Apple's iPad in litigation practice., State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section Quarterly, 2013
  • February 4, 2013 – Ann Arbor Attorney Chad Engelhardt will be honored with Thomas M. Cooley Law School's "Integrity in Our Community Award" on Thursday, Feb. 7 at noon.  Engelhardt will speak at the school's Ann Arbor campus as part of Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism's "Integrity in Our Communities" speaker series. His presentation is titled "Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism."  "Chad has supported Cooley's ethics and professionalism initiatives in the Ann Arbor community and beyond, not only professionally, but personally," said Melissa Stowe-Lloyd, assistant director of Cooley Law School's Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism." He has offered financial support to many of the community's initiatives to help the underprivileged, provided countless hours of pro-bono legal services, and gives his time to help others beyond their legal needs."Engelhardt is the founding member of the Center for Medical Truth and Justice and a partner at Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC in Ann Arbor. He focuses his practice on the litigation of complex medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Detroit Business recognized Engelhardt as one of Michigan's top medical malpractice attorneys and he was named one of Michigan's "Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers. He was also honored by The New York Times as one of Michigan's "Top Young Attorneys." , Invited Speaker, Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism., Thomas M. Cooley Law School , 2013
  • This unique course reviews common causes of action, litigation strategies and trial pointers for cases involving injuries due to chiropractic malpractice. Augment your legal knowledge with the mastery of treatment standards to improve communication with experts and recognize case supporting evidence when you see it. Ensure your client gets the compensation they deserve – Order today! Course Content Common Causes of Action Proving the Chiropractor Owed a Duty to Your Client Proving Breach of Duty by Falling Below the Standard of Care Proving That the Breach of Duty was the Proximate Cause of Injury Testimony of Other Chiropractors Receiving Compensatory Damages.  Chiropractic Malpractice Course Book; West (Thomson Reuters and National Business Institute (2012) , Invited Speaker and Author, Chiropractic Malpractice, West (Thomson Reuters), 2012
  • Spoke about ethical requirements in the practice of law., Panel Speaker, Orientation On Lawyer Professionalism, State Bar of Michigan , 2012
  • Presentation on evidentiary issues in medical negligence cases., Invited Speaker, They made their bed, but do that have to lie in it? The use of hospital internal policies post-Jilek., Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Navigating the complex area of garnishment, refusals to defend and garnishee liability in insurance dispute cases arising from medical negligence., Invited Speaker, Taking the fight to the insurance company's front door: Use of consent judgments and garnishment actions to prevail in medical malpractice insurance coverage disputes., Michigan Association for Justice, 2012
  • A review of the statutory and common law collateral source rules and their application post-verdict., Invited Speaker, Maximize your client's recovery: Making sense of Michigan's hybrid collateral source rule, Medical Negligence Annual Seminar, MAJ, 2012
  • Moderator, Michigan Assoc. for Justice Annual Seminar, 2013
  • Moderator, Michigan Assoc. for Justice Defense Medical Exam Seminar, 2013
  • Author, The Michigan Court of Claims Battle, Journal of the Michigan Assn. for Justice Vol XLV, No. 3 , 2014
  • Author, Starting the Case, Michigan Complaint Manual; Chapter 115: Fraudulent Transfer; Quiet Title , 2011
  • Speaker, SB 652: What Happened to the Court of Claims?, MAJ Medical Malpractice, 2013
  • Speaker, Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Litigation, MAJ Medical Malpractice, 2013
  • Moderator, MAJ Voir Dire Seminar , 2013
  • Panelist, Social Media As A Tool In The Litigation Arsenal, American Inns of Court, Washtenaw County, 2013
  • Responding to Surgical Complications, AAJ Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Litigation, 2013
  • Invited Judge, TMCLS Trial Evidence Competition, 2012
  • Invited Judge, TMCLS Moot Court, 2012
  • MentorJET, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2012
  • Moderator, MAJ Effective Settlement Demand and Initial Pleading Practice , 2012
  • Speaker, Professionalism in Action, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
  • Speaker, Transitioning from Cooley Student to Successful Lawyer, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
  • Speaker, Taking Effective Expert Witness Depositions, Michigan Association for Justice, 2011
  • Speaker, Ethical Client Intake, American Inns of Court, 2011
  • Speaker, Peer Review: Not an Iron Curtain, MAJ Medical Malpractice Institute, 2010
  • Speaker, Using Technology To Improve Legal Services, OCBA, Solo and Small Firm Section, 2009

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Miller v. Devaney, et al. $2.5 Million jury verdict against negligent surgeon that failed to properly plan and respond to massive bleeding causing brain damage during cardiac surgery., 2011
  • Case Name: Confidential Outcome: $1.2 Million for a man injured by surgical negligence resulting in sexual dysfunction and loss of bladder control.  
  • $200,000 settlement for surgical negligence., 2011
  • Estate of Roush v Henry Ford Health System. $600,000 wrongful death settlement.  The decedent was referred to the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for evaluation of an “entirely asymptomatic” adrenal mass by her treating urologist. Diagnostic imaging demonstrated the mass was benign. Given the size and benign nature of the mass, no surgical intervention was warranted. HFHS urologists undertook surgery anyway and telling decedent it would be a simple robotic procedure and she would be discharged the next day. At deposition, the HFHS urologist admitted that the surgery was ill advised, claiming that he  undertook it because the patient insisted. The urologist’s excuse was contrary to his own operative report and records. At the outset of the surgery, a resident urologist  caused vascular and pancreatic injury by  over-penetration of a  surgical instrument (Veress needle). Neither decedent nor her family were told of the complication. Ms. Roush’s condition deteriorated rapidly post-operatively with hypotension and extended blood loss progressing to respiratory failure.  She required intubation and was placed in a Critical Care unit. There she was found to have pancreatitis and multi-system organ failure. Due to communication failures between the urologists and the critical care service, the etiology of the pancreatic injury was misdiagnosed and proper interventions were not timely performed. Ms. Roush developed abdominal compartment syndrome,  suffered brain damage  and eventually died two weeks later., 2012
  • Case Name: ConfidentialOutcome: $475,000Description: Settlement for the victim surgical negligence. A surgeon did not properly place instruments, injuring the patient.
  • Jane Doe v. Public Institution Practice Area: Sexual Harassment Outcome: $125,000 Description: Obtained justice for a woman subjected to sexual harassment., 2009
  • $500,000 settlement for surgical negligence., 2011
  • Medical Malpractice Outcome: 1.5 Million Description: Obtained justice for the family of a 17-year old who died as a result of nursing negligence., 2009
  • Outcome: $210,000 Description: Obtained a substantial settlement for an elderly women who suffered orthopedic injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A. in Political Science, 2000
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Office Location for Chad D. Engelhardt

3049 Miller
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734-769-6838

Fax: 734-769-7935

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