Chad D. Engelhardt

Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
3049 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 United States

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.  


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




U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan


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, 2014)

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)

TMCLS Outstanding Charitable Service Award (2014)


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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