Dedicated to the defense of health professionals.

Ronald W. Chapman, M.P.A., J.D.

President & Owner

AV® Rated

Ronald W. Chapman is the firm founder and owner with over 30 years of legal experience. Ron has dedicated his career to representing all types of healthcare professionals and organizations, including county sheriffs and private correction contractors. He is licensed and actively practices in both Michigan and Florida.

Ron is a recognized leader in health law, medical malpractice defense, correctional healthcare law and civil rights defense. Ron believes all clients deserve the best representation possible and at an affordable price. Superior strategy, teamwork and detailed preparation are key ingredients to every defense. As our team leader Ron works to bring together talented men and women dedicated to helping healthcare professionals protect their reputation, practice, and professional integrity. Ron recognizes the effort it takes to become a licensed healthcare professional and pledges the firm’s support in protecting your investment.

Ron Chapman - AV Rated & Leaders in Law Awards

Ron grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and joined the United States 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 he began his career as a public administrator for the City of Dearborn. Ron was the 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 and began practicing law, He also joined the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps as a First Lieutenant. In 1992 Ron was a congressional candidate in the 12th Congressional District. As an attorney Ron 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 hundreds of state and federal claims regarding healthcare professionals.

Ron’s primary practice focuses on the defense of healthcare professionals and organizations, including county sheriffs and private correction contractors. His area of practice includes: correctional law, professional licensing, medical malpractice defense, civil rights defense, administrative law, financial fraud and legal malpractice.

As a dedicated martial arts practioner 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 is to win without trial!

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan, 1985
  • Florida, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • Middle District of Florida, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh District, 2003

Legal Education

  • Wayne State University, J.D., 1984


  • California State University, B.A. cum laude, 1979
  • University of Southern California, M.P.A., 1980



  • State Bar of Michigan
  • The Florida State Bar
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Michigan State Bar Health Care Law Section – Vice Chair of Medical Legal Subcommittee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Commission of Correctional Health Care
  • American Correction Association
  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Military Service

  • Sgt. U.S.A.F., 1976-1980 – Honorable Discharge
  • U.S.A.F. Controller N.C.O. of the Year, 1979
  • 1st Lieutenant U.S.A.R., J.A.G. Corps, 1987-1991 – Honorable Discharge


  • Trustee, Henry Ford Community College, 1983-1986
  • Member, Board of Education, Dearborn, Michigan, 1983-1986
  • Chief of Staff, Wayne County, Michigan, 1986-1987
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care
  • American Corrections Association
  • Greater Pittsburgh Marathon, 1991
  • Detroit Free Press Marathon, 1991, 1992, 1999
  • Brazilian Mission Trips, 1999 & 2000
  • Haiti Mission Trips, 2000-2004, 2006-2010 & 2014
  • U.S. Congressional Candidate, 12th District, Michigan, 1992
  • Godan (5th degree black belt) Koei-Kan Karate, 2009


  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections.” Pain Medicine News, April, 18, 2016.
  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking.” Pain Medicine News, Aug. 2015: 48-51.
  • Identity Theft: Michigan Should Take The Lead Ronald Chapman & Anthony Pignotti
  • Identity Theft: Who’s Protecting The Little Guy Ronald Chapman & Anthony Pignotti


  • Retrospect Analysis of Significant Lawsuits Involving Mental Health Issues: cause-effect and how to prevent future litigation NCCHC 2011 Correctional Mental Health Conference Las Vegas – July 10-11, 2011
  • Redefining Deliberate Indifference to a Community Standard of Care NCCHC 2009 Correctional Mental Health Conference Seattle – July 12-13, 2009
  • Real Life Medicine: Avoiding the Perfect Storm of Litigation NCCHC 2008 National Conference on Correctional Health Care Chicago – October 18-20, 2008
  • Let’s Talk: Current Medical Malpractice Issues CMS Presentation – 2008
  • Rough Sailing: Navigating The Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice ProAssurance Presentation – 2007
  • Let’s Talk: Communicating The Good, The Bad & The Apology ProAssurance Presentation – 2006
  • You Think You’ve Had A Bad Day ProAssurance Presentation – 2005