Dedicated to health law for 25+ years.

John C. Cardello


John joined the Chapman Law Group in 2017. A graduate of the University of Texas (Austin) School of Law, he brings 20 years of litigation experience to the correctional healthcare practice team.  John is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Florida, and Texas, and has appeared before numerous state and federal courts including the 3rd, 5th, and 6th Circuits.  With experience in such diverse fields as medical malpractice, employment law, admiralty, and maritime law, product liability and toxic tort, his unique perspective provides exceptional value for his clients.

Prior to embarking on a legal career, John proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Air Force.  After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, he was an Instructor Navigator in the KC-135R Stratotanker and served on wing staff as the Chief Tactics and Tactical Deception Officer.  John was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star for his participation in Operation Desert Storm.

An avid SCUBA diver, John has logged over 500 dives all over the world.  He and his wife, who is also his best friend and dive-buddy, enjoy adventure travel and spending time at home with their beloved rescue dog.

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2007
  • Michigan, 1998
  • Texas, 1997
  • United States District Courts – Eastern and Western Michigan, E. Pennsylvania, and N. Ohio
  • United States Courts of Appeals – Third, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs – accredited for the prosecution of veteran’s benefit claims

Legal Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1997


  • United States Air Force Academy, B.S., 1987


  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA)
  • Italian-American Bar Association of Michigan
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
  • United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates