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Ronald W. Chapman II

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Chairperson of White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

About Me

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.

Prominent Healthcare Fraud and Criminal Law Results

 

Awards

Seminars

  • DEA Site Visit Checklist: Tailoring Inspection Strategies for Every Link of the Supply Chain, American Conference Institute, July 21, 2020
  • Compliance Think Tank: Building and Enhancing an Effective Controlled Substances Compliance Program, American Conference Institute, July 20, 2020
  • Controlled Substances Boot Camp: Introduction to the Fundamentals, Summit on Controlled Substances, Washington Plaza, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2018
  • Principles for Safe Opioid Prescribing: Best Practices, Guidelines and Regulations, Michigan State Medical Society 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, Sheraton Detroit, Novi, Michigan. October 25, 2017
  • CME Webinar: Protect Yourself and Your License: DEA Compliance and Opioid Abuse, Urgent Care Association of American (UCAOA). October 12, 2017
  • “How To Prepare And Respond To State And DEA Inspections and Medicaid Audits,” Florida Pharmacy Association Regulatory and Law Conference, December 3, 2016
  • “Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: How to Prescribe Opiates,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 151th Annual Scientific Meeting, October 26, 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 School, June 6, 2016
  • “Preparing for and Defending Regulatory Investigations,” Michigan Medical Society Spring Conference, May 2015
  • “Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: Evidence-Based Best Practice,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 150th Annual Scientific Meeting, October 23, 2015 (audio of seminar)

Publications

  • “Defending Hippocrates: Representing Physicians in the Wake of the Opioid Epidemic,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ The Champion, September-October 2017
  • “4 Steps Every Provider Must Take Before Prescribing an Opioid,” Pain Medicine News, November 9, 2018
  • Anti-Terror Tech to Fight Rx Fraud,” MedPage Today, July 12, 2018
  • Responding to Government Investigations,” State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section, August 2018
  • “New Center for Physician Rights Helps Protect, Guide Doctors” (with Pauline Anderson), Medscape, November 9, 2018 
  • “Litigating the Loss Amount in Health Care Fraud Cases,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ The Champion, December 2017
  • “DEA Begins Targeting Off-Label Prescribing of TIRF Products,” Pain Medicine News, October 23, 2017
  • “Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part Two” (with Patrick Barone), State Appellate Defender Office Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016
  • DEA is Cracking Down on Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills,” interview with Rich Lord and Maia Silber, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 12, 2016
  • “Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part One” (with Patrick Barone), State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016
  • Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections,” Pain Medicine News, April, 18, 2016
  • The Black Cloud of a Medical Board Investigation,” interview with Leigh Page, Medscape, December 23, 2015
  • “Top 10 Tips for Physician to Avoid Prosecution for Over-Prescribing,” AVVO, 2015
  • “When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking,” Pain Medicine News, August 2015

Appearances

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Legal Qualifications

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan
  • Navy and Marine Corps Trial Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • The Marine Corps League
  • Michigan State Bar Criminal Law Section
  • Michigan State Bar Administrative Law Section
  • Michigan State Bar Health Care Law Section — Vice Chair of Legislative Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers (NACDL)

Experience

  • Attorney, Chapman Law Group, 2013-Present
  • Operational Law Attorney, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 2013
  • Senior Legal Advisor, U.S. Marine Corps, Kajaki, Afghanistan, 2012
  • Prosecutor, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 2011
  • Assistant Defense Counsel, U.S. Marine Corps, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 2009-10
  • Law Clerk, Chapman Law Group, 2008-09

Education

  • Loyola University of Chicago, LL.M.

Courses Taught

  • “Controlled Substances Boot Camp: Introduction to the Fundamentals, Summit on Controlled Substances,” Washington Plaza, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2018
  • “Principles For Safe Opioid Prescribing: Best Practices, Guidelines and Regulations,” Michigan State Medical Society 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, Sheraton Detroit, Novi, Michigan, October 25, 2017
  • CME Webinar: “Protect Yourself and Your License: DEA Compliance and Opioid Abuse,” Urgent Care Association of American (UCAOA), October 12, 2017
  • “How to Prepare and Respond to State and DEA Inspections and Medicaid Audits,” Florida Pharmacy Association Regulatory and Law Conference, December 3, 2016
  • “Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: How to Prescribe Opiates,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 151st Annual Scientific Meeting, October 26, 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 School, June 6, 2016
  • “Preparing for and Defending Regulatory Investigations,” Michigan Medical Society Spring Conference, May 2015
  • “Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: Evidence-Based Best Practice,” Michigan State Medical Society’s 150th Annual Scientific Meeting, October 23, 2015 (audio of seminar)

In the Media

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Ron Chapman II is an amazing attorney. I had different representation when I asked Ron to take my case. My previous attorney's advice was to cooperate with my licensing board, accept any deal they offered me and hope that I was not sued in the process. This did not sound like the best plan because I did not do what I was accused of doing. Ron worked with his team to present my case to an Administrative Law Judge in a manner that I supported and ultimately resulted in a recommendation that my licensing board dismiss the compliant filed against me. When my board opted to sanction me in spite of this recommendation, Ron filed an appeal with the MI Appellate Court. Finally after three long years, I was exonerated when that Court ordered my licensing board to dismiss the complaint. Thank you Ron and Chapman Law!!!
Mike Robbins
Mike Robbins
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Friendly, determined and helped me and my practice in our time of need.
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