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Richard J. Joppich is a principal with the Kitch firm. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law) in 1988 after completing undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

A trial attorney with over two decades of courtroom experience in malpractice issues, Mr. Joppich has also provided extensive risk management, patient safety advisory, and educational services to dozens of healthcare facilities and organizations. Closely tied to his litigation practice, he has developed extensive consulting services in Medicare claims reporting compliance issues under the Medicare and Medicaid SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA Section 111) and Medicare reimbursement management under the Medicare Secondary Payer Laws (MSP). This has led to his assistance of many clients in development of in-house reporting compliance programs, claims management and review procedures necessary to capture of reporting data, organization of strategies for Medicare lien risk reduction in claims handling, and Medicaid audit Appeals.

Mr. Joppich has been a frequent invited guest lecturer for multiple state, regional, and national organizations, governmental agencies, colleges, and universities live and by way of audio and video webcasts on issues of Medicare reporting compliance, Medicare lien management, mental health recipient rights, and medical malpractice law and litigation. He has also published on many varied issues of law and practice in medical and legal publications relating to his areas of practice.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and continues to be active in several local and state professional organizations relating to healthcare law and litigation.

Mr. Joppich is AV® Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Peer Review rating is the highest rating allowed; it attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and Judiciary.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 40%
  3. Health Care: 10%

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Contact info

2379 Woodlake Dr Ste 400
Okemos, MI, 48864


MIActive And In Good Standing198805/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer of the YearMichigan Defense Trial Counsel2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal and Director of MarketingKitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Defense Trial CounselBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk ManagersMember government Affairs committee2004 - Present
Federal Bar Association ED MichiganMember1988 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988