Chad D. Engelhardt
  • Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI

Chad is a patient safety advocate who takes pride in representing injured people against insurance companies, hospitals and big companies. Chad focuses his practice on the prosecution of complex medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. He fights to promote safety for all Michigan citizens by standing up for accountability and responsibility. His involvement in numerous cases has resulted in millions of dollars being recovered for his clients. 

Chad is also a leader in legal education. He is an award-winning adjunct professor and clinical field supervisor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where he mentors students and teaches courses in litigation skills and medical malpractice law.  He also serves as the Michigan Association for Justice's Education Chair and is a regular CLE speaker on medical negligence and litigation issues.

Before becoming a trial lawyer, Chad fought for justice and safety as a law enforcement officer with a large police agency for over 12 years. He worked full-time during college and all through law school. During his law enforcement career, Chad served in the patrol services, corrections and court services divisions. He was a field training officer, was trained in investigations, and qualified as an expert marksman and a defensive tactics instructor. He was also trained as a hostage negotiator and served on an elite tactical unit.  

Chad is a proud husband and the active father of three children.  When not working, Chad enjoys bicycling and cooking, including catering charity dinner parties to benefit brain-injured children.   

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Honor Roll, Dean's List and Honors Scholarship every semester of attendance
    • Honors: Shane Joseph Johnson Award for Highest First Term GPA (4.0)
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Book Awards: Torts I, Property I, Property II, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Law Office Management, Taxation, and Wills, Estates & Trusts
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Award in Professional Responsibility
    • Honors: Grade Appeals Board Magistrate; Faculty Interview Panel Member; Alumni Distinguished Student Award Nominee.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Published Works

  • The Michigan Court of Claims Battle, Journal of the Michigan Assn. for Justice, Vol XLV, No. 3 (January, 2014)
  • Negligence Lawyer? There's an app for that. The proliferation and suitability of Apple's iPad in litigation practice, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section (2013)
  • Chiropractic Malpractice Course Book, West (Thomson Reuters) and National Business Institute (2012)
  • Immunity for Some is Justice For None, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section (2011)
  • Starting the Case: Michigan Complaint Manual, Chapter 115: Fraudulent Transfer; Quiet Title (2011)
  • Peer Review: Not An Iron Curtain, Michigan Assoc. for Justice (2010)


  • Adjunct Professor of Law and Clinical Field Supervisor , Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan , 2012 to Present
  • Responding to Surgical Complications, AAJ Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Litigation, 2013
  • Panelist, Social Media As A Tool In The Litigation Arsenal, American Inns of Court, Washtenaw County, 2013
  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism, TMCLS Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism, 2013
  • Moderator, MAJ Defense Medical Examiner Seminar, 2013
  • Moderator, MAJ Annual Seminar, 2013
  • Orientation on Lawyer Professionalism, State Bar of Michigan, TMCLS, 2013
  • Moderator, MAJ Voir Dire Seminar, 2013
  • Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery Litigation, MAJ Medical Malpractice, 2013
  • SB 652: What Happened to the Court of Claims?, MAJ Medical Malpractice, 2013
  • Chiropractic Malpractice, West (Thomson Reuters), 2012
  • Invited Judge, TMCLS Trial Evidence Competition, 2012
  • Invited Judge, TMCLS Moot Court, 2012
  • MentorJET, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2012
  • Orientation On Lawyer Professionalism, State Bar of Michigan, TMCLS, 2012
  • They made their bed, but do that have to lie in it? The use of hospital internal policies post-Jilek., MAJ Medical Negligence Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Taking the fight to the insurance company's front door: Consent judgments and garnishment actions to prevail in medical malpractice insurance coverage disputes., MAJ Medical Negligence Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Maximize your client's recovery: Making sense of Michigan's hybrid collateral source rule., MAJ Medical Negligence Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Moderator, MAJ Effective Settlement Demand and Initial, 2012
  • Taking Effective Expert Witness Depositions, Michigan Association for Justice, 2011
  • Transitioning from Cooley Student to Successful Lawyer, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
  • Professionalism in Action, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
  • Ethical Client Intake, American Inns of Court, 2011
  • Peer Review: Not an Iron Curtain, MAJ Medical Malpractice Institute, 2010
  • Using Technology To Improve Legal Services, OCBA, Solo and Small, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, National Trial Lawyers Association (2013)
  • Pace Setter, Michigan Association for Justice (2013)
  • Top Lawyer (Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury, Professional Liability), Detroit Business Magazine (2011, 2013)
  • Top Young Attorneys in Michigan, New York Times (2010-2013)
  • Michigan Rising Star, Superlawyers Magazine (2010-2012)
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013)
  • AVVO rating of 10.0 (Superb)
  • AA-SBA Student’s Choice Award (2012, 2013)
  • TMCLS Integrity in the Community Award (2013)
  • Top 50 Consumer Lawyers in Michigan, Super Lawyer (2014)
  • Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly (2014)
  • Outstanding Charitable Service Award, WMU-Cooley Law (2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, Representative Assembly, Negligence Law Section Leadership Council and Appellate and Litigation Sections member
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Executive Board Member; Chair of New Lawyers Section 2011-2012; Chair of Continuing Legal Education, 2013; Co-Chair of Medical Malpractice Committee, 2013
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Chair, Solo and Firm Committee, 2008, Vice-Chair 2007
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice, Executive Board Member
  • American Inns of Court, Oakland and Washtenaw Co. Chapters

Pro Bono Activities

  • Making Meals Happen, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Lakeshore Legal Clinic (Family Law Assistance)
  • Guardian Ad Litem, Oakland County Probate Court and Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division
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