Dedicated to the defense of health professionals.

Ronald W. Chapman, II


2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star

Ron is highly regarded as a tough and aggressive litigator in the areas of federal criminal defense, health law, and professional licensing. He was recently named  as a 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star for his contributions to criminal law and health care law and was named as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Top Lawyer. Ron is also a co-chair of the Michigan Bar Health Care Law Sections’ Substantive Law Committee. In addition, Ron has been published in national publications in the area of the criminal defense of health professionals facing criminal charges for health care fraud and drug trafficking. Ron also routinely lectures on issues such as proper prescribing, health care compliance, and regulatory investigations.

Ron Chapman Super Lawyer - Up & Coming Lawyer Award

With a focus toward defending licensed health professionals, Ron has consistently represented clients to their overwhelming satisfaction during criminal, licensing and other administrative matters such as DEA registration matters and Medicare and Medicaid exclusion and reinstatement proceedings. He has also achieved outstanding results representing health professionals in felony criminal matters for diversion, falsifying medical records, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and illegal delivery of narcotics. As a former prosecutor, Ron also has a significant amount of experience dealing with state and federal agencies during high level criminal investigations, criminal trials and administrative proceedings. Ron has successfully assisted dozens of health professionals in preventing license suspension after convictions, fraud and professional misconduct.

Ron re-joined the Chapman Law Group after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a former public defender and prosecutor in the U.S. Marine Corps, he proved himself as a talented advocate and leader in and out of the courtroom. Ron served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps with eight honorable years of service achieving the rank of Captain. Ron prosecuted and defended both felony and misdemeanor cases on behalf of the U.S. Government ranging from violent offenses to narcotics and weapons trafficking. Ron was also deployed to Afghanistan as a legal advisor to a battalion of Marines conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Ron is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Ron and his wife Sarah have two daughters and one son. In addition to practicing law, Ron is an avid marathoner and triathlete and competes at local and regional events.

His experience in the areas of administrative law, administrative investigations and criminal law make him a versatile and well-rounded asset to our health law team. We look forward to putting Ron’s dedication and experience to work for you.

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan
  • Navy and Marine Corps Trial Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan



  • 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

Military Service

  • Naval Justice School
  • United States Marine Corps, Judge Advocate, 2005-2013 – Honorable Discharge
  • Operation Enduring Freedom, Kajaki, Afghanistan, 2012
  • The Basic School, Quantico, VA, 2010
  • Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA, 2005


  • Attorney, Chapman Law Group, 2013-Present
  • Operational Law Attorney, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC, 2013
  • Senior Legal Advisor, U.S. Marine Corps, Kajaki, Afghanistan, 2012
  • Prosecutor, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC, 2011
  • Assistant Defense Counsel, U.S. Marine Corps, Cherry Point, NC, 2009-2010
  • Law Clerk, Chapman Law Group, 2008-2009


  • Barone, Patrick & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part Two.” State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016.
  • Chapman II, Ronald. Interview with Rich Lord and Maia Silber. DEA Is Cracking Down On Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Aug. 12, 2016.
  • Barone, Patrick & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences. Part One.” State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, June 2016.
  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections.” Pain Medicine News, April, 18, 2016.
  • Chapman II, Ronald. Interview with Leigh Page. The Black Cloud of a Medical Board Investigation. Medscape. Dec 23, 2015.
  • Top 10 Tips for Physician to Avoid Prosecution for Over Prescribing, AVVO 2015
  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking.” Pain Medicine News, Aug. 2015: 48-51.  
  • A Physicians Guide to Avoid Unlawful Prescribing or Dispensing, September 18, 2014
  • Vicodin and Other Hydrocodones to Become Schedule II Drugs – DEA Says September 3, 2014
  • CMS Proposed Prescribing Rules Would Lead to Increased Health Professional Investigations and Penalties January 7, 2014
  • HPRP Is Not For Everyone September 20, 2013


  • 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  


  • Michigan Bar Criminal Law Section Daubert Seminar
  • Western District of Michigan Hillman Advocacy Program, 2014

Case Results

  • Below is a sample of current and former cases Ron has personally handled on behalf of a wide range of clients including practitioners and health care corporations:
  • Defended a Michigan owner of three physician practices during a multi-year DEA, IRS, and FBI investigation and a  Federal drug conspiracy indictment related to the prescription of oxycodone under 21 U.S.C. 841.
  • Defended Ohio physician facing over 100 State Drug trafficking charges in a RICO conspiracy during a multi-year prosecution and investigation.
  • Defended the owners of a large Michigan home health care corporation during FBI investigation and Federal Indictment related to Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act.
  • Defended North Carolina physician accused of over-prescribing and violation of 21 U.S.C. 841 in a Federal conspiracy indictment with multiple co-defendants arising out of the operation of a pain management clinic.
  • Defended a Detroit physician accused of over-prescribing under 21 U.S.C. 841, Health Care Fraud under 18 U.S.C. 1347 related to the operation of a Detroit area clinic.
  • Defended a Kentucky pharmacist charged in a Federal indictment with illegal drug distribution, conspiracy, and misbranding related to the operation of two pharmacies.
  • Defended a Northern Michigan physician related to the operation of a small clinic which resulted in multiple State charges for drug trafficking.
  • Represented multiple Michigan health professionals in a Federal Class Action Lawsuit against the State of Michigan and a Contractor arising out of the operation of HPRP, the Michigan Physician Health Program.
  • Defended a Texas medical clinic facing a DEA audit due to misappropriation of controlled substances.
  • Represented the manager of a large California healthcare corporation related to violations of the False Claims act, Health Care Fraud, and Conspiracy.
  • Defended a Michigan Nurse Practitioner accused with diversion of Oxycodone in State Drug Charges.
  • Defended a Michigan Pharmacist facing State drug trafficking charges and accused of drug diversion from his pharmacy in State.
  • Defended a Michigan Psychologist accused of sexual assault of a patient and having an inappropriate physician patient relationship.
  • Defended a Michigan Dentist accused of sexually assaulting an employee and criminal contempt charges.


  • “I found Ron while looking for an attorney to help one of my physician patients. In working with him, I instead found an intense, sometimes brutally honest, no-holds-barred attorney I wanted to put in a head-lock, or hug like my younger brother. Throughout this time, I found Ron to possess qualities only a handful of my closest friends of 20+ yrs do: The ability tell the truth as they see it, meticulous attention to detail, calling each other to the carpet, the utmost in personal integrity and ethics at all levels of personal and professional matters, and a sense of humor. However, what makes him unique is his knowledge of pain management and responsible opioid prescribing that exceeds the majority of practicing physicians. It’s uncanny: I witnessed it firsthand in a lecture we gave recently, along with his ability to master the audience. Solid. One of the best.”