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Michael R. Dorfman​

Senior Attorney

Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs​

Based in Chapman Law Group’s Detroit Office  Practices Nationally

About Me

As an attorney whose experience includes representing clients before virtually every federal and Michigan regulatory agency, Michael Dorfman is keen to how regulatory matters and disciplinary actions can impact a healthcare professional’s livelihood and a healthcare entity’s operations.

Michael brings this invaluable expertise to Chapman Law Group, where he specializes in professional license defense, government and administrative law, and business concerns. Working out of Chapman Law Group’s Detroit office, Michael regularly represents doctors, nurses, and other licensed health care providers and entities throughout the state.

His background in healthcare-related matters is wide-ranging, including medical malpractice defense, HIPAA compliance, credentialing, accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), medical staff appeals, medical staff by-laws, peer review and physician disputes, and certificate of need issues.

Michael’s regulatory experience involves representing professionals in disciplinary hearings before state boards, as well as medical entities in labor and employment disputes before such administrative agencies as the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (MUIA), just to name a few.

Michael’s previous experience includes malpractice defense for physicians, hospitals, and schools of medicine — which often encompassed complex medical liability facts, causation issues, and present substantial damage exposure — as part of his background, as well as broad legal skills in premises liability, consumer protection, and employer/employee relations.

For business matters, Michael’s portfolio is stocked with many real estate acquisitions and negotiations with sellers and municipalities, as well as representing and advising Fortune 500 companies in business litigation, catastrophic and high-exposure claims, and insurance carrier matters.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Due Process Procedures,” presentation for Special Education Laws Made Simple seminar, National Business Institute, 2015.
  • “What You Need to Know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI),” Friendship Circle Blog, 2015.
  • “Application of Education Law on School Food Allergy Management,” Presented to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Michigan Conference, 2014 and 2015.
  • “Special Education Litigation,” The Litigation Newsletter, State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section, Winter 2014.
  • “Will Michigan’s New Business Courts Help Real Estate Attorneys and Their Clients in the Litigation Process?” Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2012/Winter 2013, Vol. 39, Nos. 3-4.
  • “Qui Tam: Fighting the Uphill Battle Against Health Care Fraud,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, 2000.

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Legal Qualifications

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2002
  • 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • Minnesota (inactive), 2000
  • District of Columbia (inactive), 2000


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Health Care Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Litigation Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
  • National Moot Court Honor Society


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, 2016-present
  • Best Business Lawyer (2013 and 2014), Best of Michigan Magazine
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