Ronald Chapman Sr. has 36 years of experience practicing law and has been representing health professionals for 34 years in Florida and Michigan. 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 health care correctional law, professional licensing, medical malpractice defense, health care fraud, false claims, peer review, credentialing, Qui Tam, 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. He is the past vice chair of the medical legal subcommittee with the Michigan State Bar, 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 “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 Law 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 health 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 of Law) 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!