Ronald W. Chapman, II
Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Troy, MI
Very few attorneys have achieved trial acquittals on behalf of health care clients charged with health care fraud and drug trafficking. Ronald W. Chapman II is one of them.
Ron’s trial experience, health care experience, and strategic approach to litigation make him a highly sought-after health care defense attorney, by health care entities and practitioners nationally who are facing suspicion or charges of health care fraud, not maintaining DEA compliance, or unlawful prescribing.
A former prosecutor and recipient of an L.L.M. in health care, Ron’s specialization levels the playing field for clients facing government scrutiny in the health care arena.
Notably, Ron achieved a trial acquittal of a prominent Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic physician charged with running several “pill mills” after a monthlong trial. Later, Ron secured a civil victory ensuring the return of over $6 million of assets seized by the government. Ron was also the lead trial lawyer in the acquittal of a prominent West Virginia physician charged with health care fraud and drug trafficking. Ron’s tenacity in and out of the courtroom, litigation experience, and health care experience have allowed a significant number of health care providers overcome government scrutiny.
Ron is also an in-demand author and speaker in the area of health care fraud, opioid prescribing, and government investigations. He has delivered lectures across the country including Harvard and Washington, D.C., as well as for various state medical societies, and criminal defense organizations. He has also published peer reviewed articles on the topic of health care fraud and physician drug trafficking defense.
As a former prosecutor and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Ron is comfortable dealing with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies including the DEA, FBI, HHS and FDA.
Ron is a graduate of Loyola School of Law, where he received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a concentration in health care compliance. He has been named as a 2015-2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star for his contributions to criminal law and health care law, and he was recognized as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Top Lawyer. Ron served as co-chair of the Michigan Bar Health Care Law Section’s Substantive Law Committee.
Ron’s representative clients include a multistate behavioral health corporation, a national pharmacy chain, a national hospice provider, a former board of pharmacy member, a regional interventional pain practice, and a significant number of physicians and health care practices, pharmacies and clinics in Metro Detroit and across the U.S. that have faced government investigations or criminal charges.
Ron was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he was previously deployed to combat in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of Captain and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal, among other awards.
About Ronald W. Chapman, II
First Admitted: 2009, Michigan
Professional Webpage: http://www.chapmanlawgroup.com/attorney/ronald_chapmanii/
- Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
- Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015
- Navy Achievement Medal, U.S. Marine Corps, 2013: Ron was awarded the navy achievement medal for his work as an operational law officer for II MEF the expeditionary force occupying the east coast of the U.S. Ron worked on high level Federal investigations, coordinated closely with ICE, NCIS, the FBI, and various narcotics units. Additionally, Ron created a course designed to instruct other Marine Officers regarding operational law issues prior to deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, U.S. Marine Corps, 2012: Ron was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal for his work in Afghanistan as a battalion judge advocate working with Marines during a highly kinetic counter insurgency campaign. Ron also was the officer in charge of a detention facility that housed suspected insurgents.
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Navy Achievement Medal
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Michigan State Bar Administrative Law Section
- Vice Chair of Legislative Committee for the Michigan State Bar Health Care Law Section, 2015
- The Marine Corps League
- Michigan State Bar Criminal Law Section
- Oakland University, B.A., 2006
- Naval Justice School, 2010
- Nurse Accused of Stealing / Diverting Narcotics – Returns to Practice, 2014
- Defended a Michigan Dentist accused of sexually assaulting an employee and criminal contempt charges.
- Alleged “Pill Mill” Doctor Charged with Drug Trafficking, Corruption & Conspiracy – Receives No Jail Time & Returns to Practice, 2016
- Defended North Carolina physician accused of over-prescribing and violation of 21 U.S.C. 841 in a Federal conspiracy indictment with multiple co-defendants arising out of the operation of a pain management clinic.
- Defended a Northern Michigan physician related to the operation of a small clinic which resulted in multiple State charges for drug trafficking.
- Represented the manager of a large California healthcare corporation related to violations of the False Claims act, Health Care Fraud, and Conspiracy.
- Physician Charged with 7 Felony Counts of Drug Trafficking has Charges Dropped and Pleads to One Count of False Entry in Medical Record, 2015
- Defended a Michigan Psychologist accused of sexual assault of a patient and having an inappropriate physician patient relationship.
- Class Action Against HPRP – Health Professionals Recovery Program, 2015
- Defended a Michigan owner of three physician practices during a multi-year DEA, IRS, and FBI investigation and a Federal drug conspiracy indictment related to the prescription of oxycodone under 21 U.S.C. 841.
- Defended a Kentucky pharmacist charged in a Federal indictment with illegal drug distribution, conspiracy, and misbranding related to the operation of two pharmacies.
- Defended a Texas medical clinic facing a DEA audit due to misappropriation of controlled substances. , 2016
- Nurse Charged With Obtaining Drugs by Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Drug Possession and Unlawful Prescribing Has Charges Resolved and May Continue to Practice Nursing, 2015
- Defended a Michigan Pharmacist facing State drug trafficking charges and accused of drug diversion from his pharmacy in State.
- Suspension Overturned for RN Accused of Drug Diversion, Refused Employment Drug Screen, and Declined HPRP Agreement, 2015
- Defended the owners of a large Michigan home health care corporation during FBI investigation and Federal Indictment related to Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act.
- Defended a Detroit physician accused of over-prescribing under 21 U.S.C. 841, Health Care Fraud under 18 U.S.C. 1347 related to the operation of a Detroit area clinic.
- Represented multiple Michigan health professionals in a Federal Class Action Lawsuit against the State of Michigan and a Contractor arising out of the operation of HPRP, the Michigan Physician Health Program.
- Defended a Michigan Nurse Practitioner accused with diversion of Oxycodone in State Drug Charges.
- The Black Cloud of a Medical Board Investigation, Medscape, 2015
- Author, Defending Hippocrates: Representing Physicians in the Wake of the Opioid Epidemic, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ The Champion, 2017
- Preparing for and Defending Regulatory Investigations, Michigan Medical Society Spring Conference, 2016
- Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: Evidence-Based Best Practice, Michigan State Medical Society’s 150th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2015
- Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences, State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, Health Care Law, 2016
- Interviewee, DEA Is Cracking Down On Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Health Care, 2016
- Evidence-Based Best Practice for Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring: Medicolegal Pain Management Expert Symposium, International Conference on Opioids, Journal of Opioid Management, Harvard Medical Conference Center, 2016
- When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking, Pain Medicine News, 2015
- Top 10 Tips for Physician to Avoid Prosecution for Over Prescribing, AVVO, 2015
- Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections, Pain Medicine News, 2016
- How the DOJ Affects Doctors AND Patients, with Claudia Merandi: Health Care Hot Topics, Health Care, Criminal Law, 2020
- Prisons, COVID-19 and Avoiding Health Care Prosecution: Health Care Hot Topics, Health Care, Criminal Law, 2020
- Health Care Fraud 101, Health Care, Criminal Law, 2020
- How COVID-19 Measures Could Effect Physicians: Health Care Hot Topics, Health Care, 2020
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Last Updated: 5/26/2022