Lawyers for Doctors

Chapman Law Group: Legal Professionals Serving Health Care Professionals in Michigan, Florida, and Nationally

At Chapman Law Group, we are lawyers for doctors. We have been representing physicians of all specialties — from family practitioners to chiropractors, and from dentists to optometrists — for 35 years.

The highly regulated health care industry has a vast amount of laws and regulations that can impact health care providers and their businesses. We specialize in the most complex health care law matters, including:

    • Disciplinary actions: Suspensions, revocations, restrictions, administrative complaints, board and ALJ hearings, investigations, appeals
    • Licensure issues: Denials, renewals issues, difficulty obtaining a license, reporting convictions
    • Criminal actions: Fraud, diversion, DUI, drug trafficking, unlawful prescribing, unlicensed practice of medicine, assault
    • Health care fraud and abuse: Medicare and Medicaid fraud, False Claims Act (“FCA”), kickback, self-referral, all other civil and criminal health care fraud allegations
    • Regulatory compliance: HIPAA, HITECH, CMS, DEA, state privacy laws, state and federal regulations
    • Business matters: Business formation, practice acquisitions, practice buy-in and buy-outs, partnership agreements, adding ancillary services, kickback and Stark compliance review, medical director agreements, employment contracts, permitting and licensing, accreditation, CMS and Medicaid certification and enrollment, contract dispute/breach of contract, non-compete agreements
    • Health care audits: Medicare, Medicaid, third party, state, DEA
    • Payment matters: Reimbursement issues, overpayment issues, audits, administrative actions, criminal actions, disclosure, compliance plans
    • NPDB Issues
    • Credentialing and Privileging: Credentialing denials and revocations, staff privileges denial and revocation, OIG/CMS exclusion
    • Employment issues: Employment contract review, credentialing, termination, harassment claims, disciplinary action, retaliation, residency program issues, employment and contract disputes
    • DEA: Registration issues, enforcement actions, inspections, hearings
    • Professional liability: Medical malpractice, civil and criminal negligence

Licensure Defense

We at Chapman Law Group have a team of highly experienced lawyers who are dedicated to professional licensing defense. Our attorneys represent doctors daily before the medical boards, state licensing divisions, administrative courts and the DEA. We regularly defend physicians who face disciplinary action regarding:

  • DUI
  • Drug diversion
  • Positive drug tests
  • Criminal convictions
  • Patient complaints
  • Probation violations
  • Impairment issues (PRN, HPRP)
  • Unprofessional conduct

Chapman Law Group attorneys for doctors also have experience handling more serious disciplinary actions related to drug trafficking, Medicare fraud and sexual misconduct. Our lawyers assist doctors during all stages of the disciplinary process: state investigations, informal hearings before the medical board, administrative hearings, appeals, post-action reporting and probation modifications.

Our licensure attorneys also assist doctors who have difficulty obtaining a medical license or DEA registration, whether due to prior relinquishment, disciplinary or criminal action or other reasons.

Professional Negligence and Medical Malpractice

For a physician, being sued for professional negligence creates professional, economic and personal hardship. When you call on a Chapman Law Group attorney, you can be sure he/she is dedicated to aggressively representing you to prevent unfair and unjust outcomes.

For more than three decades, we have been defending health care professional — physicians, nurses and nurse practitionersdentistspain management specialists, chiropractorsmental health professionals, and uninsured healthcare providers, among many others — accused of malpractice: 

    • Failure to diagnose
    • Failure to treat
    • Delayed diagnosis
    • Surgical negligence
    • Medication error

We believe that the best defense for a doctor is often a strong offense, so we will work with you not only to defend the action, but to win the action and obtain a no-cause ruling.

Our primary goal is to protect your interests and limit the time and cost of medical malpractice litigation. We work with several of the leading malpractice insurers and correctional health care providers to defend physicians against malpractice actions. 

By thoroughly understanding all facets of the complaint — including standard of care/practice, alleged breach, proximate cause and damages — we are able to take aggressive action and achieve desired results. Our extensive trial experience, use of technology, and network of experts give us the right advantage.

Criminal Defense

The criminal defense lawyers at Chapman Law Group are unique in that they only represent health care providers. Their combined knowledge and experience in criminal law and health care law allows them to handle the most complex cases against physicians.

Our lawyers for doctors represent medical professionals facing felony charges related to health care, such as

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug diversion
  • Criminal health care fraud
  • Sexual misconduct involving a patient

Our lawyers for doctors also defend against DUI, assault, shoplifting, and other criminal charges that can threaten a doctor’s medical license, DEA registration and CMS enrollment.

Our criminal attorneys not only work hard to defend doctors during criminal action, they also focus on reducing the collateral consequences that can result from a criminal conviction or mere allegation of criminal wrongdoing:

  • Disciplinary action
  • Loss of employment
  • Credentialing and staff privileges denials
  • NPDB reports
  • OIG exclusion
  • DEA registration revocation

Regulatory Compliance

Our regulatory attorneys help doctors remain compliant with the many state and federal regulations, including:

Our lawyers for doctors work with health care practices on compliance program development, performing self-audits and addressing deficiencies. We also assist practices during “routine” compliance audits by various state and federal agencies.

Business Transactions

Practice ownership requires a significant investment of time and finances. Our goal is to help you build a successful practice and help alleviate the stress and uncertainty in operating a new business. 

Chapman Law Group’s transactional attorneys assist physicians with practice ownership matters such as practice start-up, practice acquisition, buying into a practice, adding ancillary services, adding beds, change in location, and practice closure.

Our lawyers are experienced in drafting and negotiating sales and purchase agreements, business formation documents, partnership agreements, lease agreements, employment contracts, medical director agreements and other contracts. We carefully consider the tax, financial, risk and fraud issues that may arise after the transaction is complete.

In addition, we assist with permitting and licensing applications, certificate of need applications and appeals, accreditation, inspections, change of ownership or location filings, and CMS participation.

Employment

Our lawyers for doctors assist physicians with various employment matters, including credentialing and staff privileges, NPDB issues, employment contract review, employer probation and termination issues, wrongful termination claims, employer investigations and residency issues.

Employment termination, revocation or denial of staff privileges and revocation of credentialing are serious matters for physicians, because they may be reportable to medical boards and the NPDB. We at Chapman Law Group understand the lasting effects a negative employment action can have on a physician’s career, so we work hard to prevent such matters and minimize negative ramification from an employment-related action.

Estate and Tax Planning

Over the span of a career, physicians can create considerable wealth. Protecting that wealth and properly passing it down to future generations is important. Chapman Law Group provides estate and tax planning services to help you set a financial and legal course to effectively direct your own future.

Whether you are a business owner wanting to implement succession planning, an individual with newly acquired wealth thinking of your future generations, or a family with significant inherited wealth and need direction on how to preserve it, Chapman Law Group has you covered.

We Are Here for You for All of Your Healthcare Legal Needs

Each lawyer at Chapman Law Group is immersed in specific areas of health care law. We only focus on health care professionals, so every attorney has developed a deep understanding of the nuisances, depth, and breadth within the field.

For 35 years, we have provided top legal service for physicians all over Michigan, including the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Dearborn, and Troy areas; in Florida (Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and other regions); and nationally in regions including Los Angeles and Southern CaliforniaChicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.

 Contact us today and let us put our expertise to work for you.

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