Christopher J. Ryan

Of Counsel and Health Care Litigation Task Force Co-Chair

Christopher Ryan is a civil litigator.  He has a special focus on the healthcare industry. For over a decade, Chris has represented businesses, physicians, hospitals, and insurance companies in a wide range of litigation matters and in all phases of litigation, up to and including trial.  He has assisted clients in matters of medical malpractice, licensing investigations, breach of contract, medical staff issues, and employment.

Chris also has experience representing businesses and individuals in high stakes litigation and alternative dispute resolution outside of the healthcare industry. He regularly handles complex litigation including patent, trademark, and copyright disputes, business/shareholder disputes, and lawsuits involving noncompetition agreements.

He is admitted and has practiced in courts throughout the State of Michigan (including the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court), and has appeared in several federal courts throughout the United States. He serves as an Oakland County Case Evaluator on the Medical Malpractice Panel and has briefed and argued numerous appeals.

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, 2014-2021
  • 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



  • Author, Enforceability of Physician Noncompetition Agreements in Michigan, Healthcare Michigan, November 2020 
  • Author, “Fork in the Road: What To Do (And Not Do) When You Get Sued”, The MiraMed Focus, June 2020 
  • Taking Security on the Road: Steps You Can Take to Secure Your Mobile Devices, The Focus (2017)
  • Getting Paid by the Self-Pay Patient, Communique (2015)
  • Should You Apologize for a Poor Outcome?, Communique (2015)
  • So You’re Thinking About Serving as an Expert Witness? Here’s What You Need to Know, Communique (2013)
  • Negligence Revisited: Proposed Bills Would Lighten Malpractice Standards for Doctors, Michigan Medical Law Report (2012)

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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