Ronald W. Chapman

Ronald W. Chapman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Troy, MI

Chapman Law Group
 | 1441 West Long Lake Road, Suite 310
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: 248-644-6326
Fax: 248-644-6324
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017, 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Health Care (40%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (20%),
  • Administrative Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Ronald Chapman Sr. has over 30 years of experience practicing law and has been representing health professionals for more than 25 years in Florida and Michigan, as well as nationally. He is the founder of Chapman Law Group, a Troy, Michigan-based law firm dedicated to health law and the representation of health professionals, health care providers and facilities, correctional health care providers and professional liability insurers.

    His primary practice focuses on the defense of health care professionals and organizations, including county sheriffs and private correction contractors. His areas of practice include complex healthcare litigation, health care correctional lawprofessional licensingmedical malpractice defensehealth care fraud, relator (plaintiff) and defense side Qui Tam lawsuits, false claims/Stark Law/Anti-Kickback (Florida and Michigan), peer review, credentialing, administrative law, and criminal law (health care only).

    In addition, Ron specializes in health care compliance strategies, which includes health care compliance program formation and advising; Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law; DEA compliance; Medicaid Claims Compliance; Medicare compliance; general medical compliance; and Medicare audits and the Medicare audit process.

    Ron holds a Master of Laws degree in health care law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law -- the top school in the U.S. for health care law. He is the past vice chair of the medical legal subcommittee with the State Bar of Michigan, a committee dedicated to the advancement of legal understanding of those issues affecting health care providers.

    Ron is a recognized leader in health law, medical malpractice defense and correctional health care law. He has the distinction as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers in health care law and among the 2016 class of “Leaders in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been AV® Peer Review rated by his peers in the legal community since 2008. In 2010 and again in 2020, he was named a Top Lawyer of the Year by DBusiness. Ron is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

    Ron is passionate about health law and the representation of health care professionals, providers and third parties working in the health care industry. He has built a team of attorneys at Chapman Law Group that share his passion for health law. As the firm’s team leader, Ron brings together talented attorneys dedicated to helping health care professionals protect their career, practice and professional integrity, particularly when it comes to compliance laws for heath care. Ron recognizes the effort needed to become a licensed health care professional and pledges the firm’s support in protecting their investment.

    A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. He continued his education while on active duty and graduated from California State University, Sacramento (BA Cum Laude 1979), University of Southern California School of Public Administration (MPA 1980). After receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1980, Ron began his career as a public administrator for the City of Dearborn. He served as Assistant Director of Public Works prior to joining the staff of William Lucas, Wayne County Michigan’s first County Executive. In 1985, Ron became the Chief of Staff for Wayne County, Michigan, the third largest county in the United States.

    Ron continued to pursue his love for education and graduated from Wayne State University Law School (JD 1984). In 1987, he returned to the private sector to practice law and joined the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps as a First Lieutenant. In 1992, Ron was a congressional candidate in the 12th Congressional District.

    He then pursued his dream of becoming a successful trial attorney handling a variety of cases. In 1989, he tried his first federal 42 USC § 1983 lawsuit regarding alleged deliberate indifference. After three weeks of trial, the jury returned a no cause of action. Over the years, Ron has handled thousands of state and federal claims regarding healthcare professionals.

    In 2016, Ron received his LL.M. (master in laws) in health care law from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law.  His master’s thesis was titled, “The Over-Criminalization of Health Care Law through the False Claims Act Implied False Certification Theory.”

    As a dedicated martial arts practitioner with a fifth-degree black (Godan) in Koei-Kan Karate-Do, Ron believes strongly in mental and physical preparation. Effective litigation is about knowing your case as well as your opponent’s and accurately attacking your opponent’s strategy. The goal of litigation, he attests, is to win without trial!

    White Papers

  • Over-Criminalization of Health Care Through Improper Use of the False Claims Act Implied False Certification Theory (2016) - The paper analysis Ex Rel Escobar and argues the government is increasingly using the False Claims Act implied certification theory to standardize delivery of health care and over-criminalize simple negligence or deviations from the standard of care.

  • About Ronald Chapman

    Admitted: 1985, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Lawyers of Distinction 2020 for Health Law
    • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008–2020
    • Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2016
    • Top Lawyer of the Year, Dbusiness, 2010
    • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2006 & 2007
    • Distinguished Leadership Award, 1985

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Michigan, 1985
    • The Florida Bar, 2003
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1998
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2003
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Florida, 2006
    • 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
    • 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
    • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
    • American Correction Association
    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Michigan State Bar Health Care Law Section – Vice Chair of Medical Legal Subcommittee
    • National Commission of Correctional Health Care

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Stark Law for the Physician,” AAPC Weston Florida Local Chapter, 2019
    • “Consequences of Health Care Fraud,” Southwest Florida Paralegal Association, 2017
    • “How to Prepare and Respond to State and DEA Inspections and Medicaid Audits,” Florida Pharmacy Association Regulatory and Law Conference, 2016
    • “Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections,” Pain Medicine News, 2016, Health Care
    • “When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking,” Pain Medicine News, 2015, Health Care
    • “Retrospect Analysis of Significant Lawsuits Involving Mental Health Issues: Cause-Effect and How to Prevent Future Litigation,” NCCHC 2011 Correctional Mental Health Conference, 2011
    • “Redefining Deliberate Indifference to a Community Standard of Care,” NCCHC 2009 Correctional Mental Health Conference, 2009
    • “Let’s Talk: Current Medical Malpractice Issues,” CMS Presentation, 2008
    • “Real Life Medicine: Avoiding the Perfect Storm of Litigation,” National Conference on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), 2008
    • “Rough Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice,” ProAssurance presentation, 2007
    • “Let’s Talk: Communicating the Good, the Bad and the Apology,” ProAssurance presentation, 2006
    • “You Think You’ve Had a Bad Day,” ProAssurance Presentation, 2005
    • “Identity Theft: Michigan Should Take the Lead,” Ronald Chapman and Anthony Pignotti
    • “Identity Theft: Who’s Protecting the Little Guy?” Ronald W. Chapman and Anthony Pignotti

    Representative Clients:

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 5th-Degree Black Belt in Koei-kan Karate, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola University of Chicago, LL.M., 2015
    • Wayne State University, J.D., 1984
    • University of Southern California, M.P.A., 1980
    • California State University, B.A. cum laude, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • All Health Care Professionals: Ambulatory Surgical Centers
    • Chiropractors
    • Correctional Healthcare Providers
    • Dentists
    • DME Suppliers
    • Health Care Facilities
    • Home Health Agencies
    • Hospitals
    • Mental Health Professionals
    • Nurses
    • Ophthalmologists
    • Optometrists
    • Pain Clinics
    • Pharmacies
    • Pharmacists
    • Physicians
    • Professional Liability Insurers
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
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    Office Location for Ronald W. Chapman

    1441 West Long Lake Road
    Suite 310
    Troy, MI 48098

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    Last Updated: 8/3/2020

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