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.
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.
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
Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2013
Navy Achievement Medal, 2013
Letter of Appreciation, Chief Defense Counsel of the Marine Corps, 2010
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
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
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
“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
“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.”