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Chad is a trial attorney that takes pride in representing injured
people against insurance companies, hospitals and big companies. 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 represents:

  • families whose loved ones have been killed or injured in hospitals, doctor's offices and nursing homes;

  • innocent families who've been hurt in crashes with drunk and negligent drivers;

  • people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents;

  • people who've been harmed by a medical mistake;

  • people who've been harassed or discriminated against;

  • people who've been victimized by someone else's crimes or negligence.

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,
working full-time during college and law school.

He is a proud husband and the active father of three children. When
not working, Chad coaches middle school girl's volleyball, mountain
bikes, and enjoys Tiger's baseball games.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 85%
  2. Car Accident: 10%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Chad. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Mark A. Sucher

    I have known Chad for a few years. He is widely regarded as a fine attorney, a gentleman and a fierce advocate for his clients. He has very specialized knowledge in the field of medical malpractice and is well respected by colleagues, opposing counsel and the courts. Chad is an excellent choice for an attorney and will represent your interests extremely well.


    Mark Sucher Arbitration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC

3049 Miller Road
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103


MIActive And In Good Standing200508/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Assocation2016
Top 50 Michigan Consumer LawyerSuperlawyers2016
Michigan Super LawyerSuperlawyers2016
Michigan Super LawyerSuperlawyers2015
Top 100 Michigan SuperlawyerSuperlawyers2015
Top 50 Michigan Consumer LawyerSuperlawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Assocation2015
Up and Coming LawyerMichigan Lawyers Weekly2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top AttorneyCrain's Detroit Business2014
Top LawyerHour dbusiness2014
Top 50 Consumer Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Outstanding Charitable Service AwardThomas M. Cooley Law School2014
Student Choice Award-Adjunct ProfessorCooley Law School SBA-AA2013
Top LawyerHour Detroit Business Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
PacesetterMichigan Association for Justice2013
Integrity in our CommunityThomas M. Cooley Law School2013
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Young AttorneyNew York Times2012
Student Choice Award-Adjunct ProfessorCooley Law School SBA-AA2012
Top Young Attorney in MichiganThe New York Times2011
Michigan Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Top LawyerDbusiness Magazine2011
Michigan Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Professional ResponsibilityPhi Delta PhiN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Civil Justice AttorneyGoethel Engelhardt, PLLC2012 - Present
Adjunct Professor & Clinical Field SupervisorWestern Michigan University- Cooley Law School2012 - Present
Trial AttorneyMoran, Raimi, Goethel & Karnani, PC2009 - 2012
PartnerWebb Engelhardt & Fernandes2005 - 2009
Deputy SheriffOakland County Sheriff's Office1992 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law SectionCouncil Member2013 - Present
Washtenaw Association for JusticeExecutive Board Member2009 - Present
Michigan Assocation for JusticeExecutive Board Member2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential1.5 Million
Jane Doe v. Public Institution$125,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law QuarterlyA TIME OF GRACE – MICHIGAN’S DISABILITY TOLLING STATUTE2016
Michigan Causes of Action FormbookHealth Care Provider Malpractice2015
Torts: Michigan Law and Practice, Second EditionHealthcare Malpractice2015
State Bar of Michigan Negligence LAw Section QuarterlyWell-Crafted Prose with a Twist: Cooney's Sketches on Legal Style2014
Journal of the Michigan Assn. for Justice Vol XLV, No. 3The Michigan Court of Claims Battle2014
State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section QuarterlyNegligence Lawyer? There's an app for that. The proliferation and suitability of Apple's iPad in litigation practice.2013
State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section QuarterlyImmunity for Some is Justice For None2011
Starting the Case: Michigan Complaint ManualChapter 115: Fraudulent Transfer; Quiet Title2011
Michigan Assoc. for JusticePeer Review: Not An Iron CurtainN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Michigan Association for Justice Annual SeminarThe Role of Medical Literature Post-Elher2016
Michigan Association for Justice Annual SeminarModerator2016
Michigan Assocation for JusticeEffectively litigating challenges to expert testimony under Rule 702 and Daubert2015
MAJ Meadowbrook SeminarTop Technology Tools for the Courtroom2015
MAJ Annual SeminarModerator2015
University of Michigan Law School, Civil Trial Practice (LAW753)Guest Lecturer- Civil Trial Practice2014
UDM Law School Court of Claims SymposiumNegligence Panel Invited Speaker Court of Claims Symposium2014
State Bar of Michigan 7th Annual YLS SummitYour Client's Clock is Ticking, Don't Blow it! An Overview of Michigan's Statutes of Limitation, Claim Accrual, Notice, Tolling and Savings Provisions.2014
SBM Orientation on Lawyer ProfessionalismProfessionalism In Action2014
MAJ Meadowbrook SeminarThe "New" Michigan Court of Claims: Practice and Procedure2014
MAJ Annual Rapid Fire SeminarModerator2014
State Bar of Michigan, Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolOrientation on Lawyer Professionalism2013
Michigan Association for JusticeSB652: What Happened to the Court of Claims?2013
MAJ Medical Malpractice SeminarFundamentals of Robotic Surgery Litigation2013
MAJ Annual SeminarModerator2013
Defense Medical Examiner SeminarModerator2013
Center for Ethics, Service, and ProfessionalismActions Speak Louder Than Words: A Trial Lawyer's Lessons in Professionalism.2013
American Inns of Court, Washtenaw CountyPanelist, SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL IN THE LITIGATION ARSENAL2013
AAJ DA VINCI ROBOTIC SURGERY LITIGATIONResponding to Surgical Complications2013
West (Thomson Reuters)Chiropractic Malpractice2012
Trial Evidence CompetitionInvited Judge2012
TMCLS Moot CourtInvited Judge2012
State Bar of Michigan, TMCLSOrientation On Lawyer Professionalism2012
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationThey made their bed, but do that have to lie in it? The use of hospital internal policies post-Jilek.2012
Michigan Association for JusticeTaking the fight to the insurance company's front door: Use of consent judgments and garnishment actions to prevail in medical malpractice insurance coverage disputes.2012
Medical Negligence Annual SeminarMaximize your client's recovery: Making sense of Michigan's hybrid collateral source rule2012
Effective Settlement Demand and Initial Pleading PracticeModerator2012
TMCLSProfessionalism in Action2011
Pathway to SuccessTransitioning from Cooley Student to Successful Lawyer2011
Michigan Association for JusticeTaking Effective Expert Witness Depositions2011
American Inns of CourtEthical Client Intake2011
2010 Medical Malpractice InstitutePeer Review: Not an Iron Curtain2010
Solo and Small Firm SectionUsing Technology To Improve Legal Services2009