Christopher R. Genther



Christopher Genther is an experienced attorney in Michigan who practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense and health law, as well as specializing in professional licensing issues.

For over 32 years, he has successfully represented healthcare professionals of all types to resolve alleged malpractice claims. Chris conducts case assessments and advises on claims, prepares matters for trial, and determines as appropriate for each situation and case, whether settlement or trial will most likely attain the most favorable outcome for the client. Chris defends hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, dentists, and other healthcare entities in medical malpractice cases involving all areas of medicine – including but not limited to representing physicians practicing in emergency medicine, family practice, radiology, obstetrics, neurosurgery, general surgery, oncology, orthopedics, urology, cardiology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neonatology, orthopedics, pathology, and internal medicine. While Chris practices out of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, he has represented healthcare professionals and entities in courtrooms throughout the state of Michigan.

Chris serves as a general health law counselor to many clients. He regularly advises on such issues as regulatory compliance, interpreting, Stark, anti-kickback and false claims regulations. Chris also regularly advises healthcare entities on day-to-day issues, including consent, electronic medical records, HIPAA, treatment of minors, EMTALA, termination of life support and other guardianship/probate issues.

When faced with state or federal licensing investigations and/or complaints and other disciplinary actions, physicians and other healthcare professionals have relied upon Chris’ expertise to represent them. Chris has successfully represented numerous healthcare professionals, including physicians specializing in family practice, internal medicine, psychology and general surgery, as well as licensed therapists, physician assistants, social workers, and nurses.

Chris is frequently called upon to lecture on topics relating to healthcare and risk management issues.

Chris is married to his wife, Kimberly, and has three children: Ryan, Connor, and Kara.


Chris Genther successfully obtained full dismissal of a Department of Community Health Complaint against a health care provider's professional license. The dismissal was granted after written and oral presentations to the Michigan Attorney General's office.


State Bar of Michigan, 1989


University of Michigan (B.A., with honors, 1983)

Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1987)


Included in the 2019-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Included in the 2018-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law

Named to the 2021-2023 Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers lists for Medical Malpractice Law

Named to the 2021-2022 Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers lists for Health Care Law


American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Health Care Law; General Practice; Negligence Law; Litigation)

State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: General Practice; Health Care Law; Negligence Law; Litigation)

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Michigan Society of Healthcare Attorneys

Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management

American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics

American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys

American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Life Sciences Practice Group)

Symposium Editor: American Journal of Law and Medicine, 1986-1987.