Christopher J. Ryan

Member and Health Care Litigation Task Force Co-Chair

A member in Dickinson Wright’s Ann Arbor office, Christopher Ryan co-chairs the healthcare litigation practice, bringing a robust background in civil litigation to the healthcare sector.

Chris has devoted his career to representing businesses, physicians, mid-level providers, hospitals, and insurance companies in a wide range of litigation and administrative matters. He has assisted clients in matters involving allegations of medical malpractice, licensing investigations, billing investigations and audits (including RAC and UPIC audits), class actions, ERISA, medical claim payment disputes, Medicare/Medicaid enrollment disputes and appeals, breach of contract litigation, non-compete litigation, medical staff issues, and cases involving allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, violations of the False Claim Act, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, violations of Stark law, and wrongful/negligent medical billing. Chris handles cases in arbitration as well as in numerous state and federal courts around the country.

In addition to his healthcare experience, Chris also represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes litigation and alternative dispute resolution outside of the healthcare industry. He regularly handles complex litigation, including business/shareholder disputes, lawsuits over enforcement of noncompetition agreements, business torts, and intellectual property cases involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Chris is admitted and has practiced in courts throughout the State of Michigan (including the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court), and has been granted permission to appear in several state and federal courts throughout the United States. Chris is also licensed to practice in the State of Arizona.


Education & Credentials


Michigan State University College of Law

J.D., 2010
  • cum laude
  • Jurisprudence Award in Health Law and No-Fault Insurance

Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business

B.B.A., Business Administration, 2007
  • cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Arizona
  • Michigan


  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • “Rising Star,” Business Litigation, 2012, 2014-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating
  • DBusiness Magazine
    • “Top Lawyer,” 2016-2018
  • Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly
    • "Up & Coming Lawyer," 2015

Professional Involvement

  • Health Care Law, Negligence Law, and Litigation sections of State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Health Law Section



Court Admissions

  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • District of Colorado
  • District of New Mexico
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