Dedicated to the defense of health professionals.

Robert J. Andretz

Senior Attorney

Rob Andretz is passionate about helping his clients. Rob has had the honor and privilege of being licensed to practice law since 2003, and he is happy to put his education and experience in the fields of law, biology, and psychology to work for health professionals in need of his help. Rob enjoys being able to be a light in darkness for those who are facing some of the toughest challenges of their lives.

Rob primarily devotes his time to helping health professionals accused of violating state and federal laws in criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout the state of Michigan, professional licensing matters in Lansing, and DEA matters throughout the United States.

Before joining Chapman Law Group, Rob defended clients charged with drunk driving or drugged driving in Michigan district and circuit courts in more than 40 counties across the state, taking many of those cases to jury trial. Among those clients, Rob represented many doctors, nurses, and other licensed healthcare professionals charged with drunk driving and understood the importance of counseling them on both the legal and “collateral” consequences of a criminal conviction.

Rob also practiced as a solo attorney in East Lansing, Michigan, serving his clients primarily in the areas of criminal defense and family law. As a trained mediator, Rob volunteered his time as a civil mediator and a domestic relations mediator. He also worked for two years at the Third Circuit Court in downtown Detroit as a Research Law Clerk, researching and drafting proposed opinions for circuit court judges on topics ranging from antitrust to zoning.

Rob thoroughly enjoyed law school and graduated cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2003 with concentrations in litigation and international law. While in law school, he honed his editing skills while serving as the Casenotes Editor on the Board of Editors of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand. As a law student, he earned Certificates of Merit in Trial Workshop, International Law, and Immigration Law, and he was honored for his advocacy skills as a finalist in the State of Michigan Moot Court Competition in Detroit and a quarter-finalist in the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament in San Diego. Rob was also a Prehearing Extern at the Michigan Court of Appeals while in law school.

Prior to law school, Rob double-majored at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in psychology. During college, he participated in social psychology research and conducted tropical rainforest ecology research in Costa Rica. Rob also volunteered his time as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Rob and his wonderful wife, Jacqui, are the proud parents of two daughters and two sons. In his free time, Rob serves as the President of the Clinton County Bar Association, the Chancellor of Knights of Columbus Council 11694, a Board Member on the Briggs District Library Board, and a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 572. He previously served on the Victor Township Planning Commission, served as President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of Lansing, served as Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 11694, and served as Chair of the Greater Lansing Catholic Education Foundation. Rob also enjoys reading, music, spending time in nature, camping, canoeing, and spending time with his family.


Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan, 2003
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Legal Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. cum laude, 2003

Education

  • Hope College, B.S., 1997
  • Hope College, B.A., 1997

Notable Continuing Education

  • Platt & Associates, NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner Training, 2015
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Trial College Graduate, 2015
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education, General Civil Mediation Training, 2006

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Stat Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Clinton County Bar Association (Vice President)
  • Catholic Layers Guild (Past President)

Case Results

  • Helped a medical doctor facing up to 30 years in prison secure an acquittal (a “not guilty” verdict) on all 7 felony and high-court misdemeanor counts that were charged after a jury trial that lasted nearly a month.
  • After a recent summary suspension dissolution hearing in Lansing that lasted three full days, Rob obtained an order from an administrative law judge dissolving the summary suspension of a doctor whose controlled substance license had been summarily suspended without a hearing. This allowed the doctor to return to helping addiction patients in need of the doctor’s care. Rob also secured the dissolution of a summary suspension of a massage therapist’s professional license despite a felony controlled substance conviction.
  • Negotiated the reduction of an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge against a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to Disturbing the Peace and Careless Driving despite a blood test showing a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .163—more than twice the legal limit–and a failed Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test.
  • Represented licensed health professionals in licensing matters with such allegations as violation of a general duty, consisting of negligence or failure to exercise due care; failing to conform to minimal standards of acceptable, prevailing practice; selling, prescribing, giving away or administering drugs for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes; failure to prescribe in good faith; failure to maintain effective controls against diversion; dispensing controlled substances for other than legitimate or professionally recognized purposes or outside the scope of practice; dispensing without good faith; filling a prescription outside the boundaries of professional judgment; lack of good moral character; fraud or deceit in obtaining or attempting to obtain third-party reimbursement; and engaging in false or misleading advertising.
  • Represented licensed health professionals in criminal matters where they were charged with such offenses as assault and battery of an elderly patient, operating while intoxicated (OWI), conducting criminal enterprises (racketeering), unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug house, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine, and intentionally placing false information into a medical record.

Presentations

  • “The Effects of a Drunk Driving Conviction on Health Care Professionals,” Ferris State University, 2015