Neil Marchand is a member of the firm, focusing his practice on mental health law and insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Marchand is the vice chair of Miller Johnson’s Mental Health Law Practice Group.  He works with mental health care providers and clinicians on licensing, policies and procedures, peer review privilege, document retention, mandatory reporter obligations, and aspects of compliance in litigation matters such as the disclosure of confidential health information.  He was appointed to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Recipient Rights Appeals Committee, and is a frequent speaker and trainer on mental and behavioral healthcare providers’ obligations under Michigan’s Mental Health Code.

Mr. Marchand also focuses on insurance coverage disputes on behalf of individuals and businesses, and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Insurance Coverage litigation every year since 2013.  Some of Mr. Marchand’s cases include:

  • Country Entities v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., Case No. 10-L-68 (McLean Cty. Illinois).  Obtained an $8.6 million judgment for the policyholder in a case involving a Directors’ and Officers’ policy.
  • Shoreline Growers, Inc. d/b/a Sawyer Nursery v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., Case No. 1:16-cv-1124 (W.D. Mich.). Obtained a summary judgment ruling finding coverage under a Commercial Property Insurance Policy for the policyholder’s plant loss where the insurer wrongfully denied coverage under an exclusion
  • Successfully represented individual policyholders in the reinstatement of their long-term care policy when the insurer claimed the policy lapsed due to non-payment.
  • Convinced a medical professional insurance company to reconsider its denial of coverage and defend and indemnify a local healthcare system and its doctors in an underlying malpractice case.
  • Developed a litigation defense strategy for an employer in a case alleging the wrongful denial of ERISA medical insurance benefits that led to the plaintiffs dropping their case and providing a full release of all potential claims one month after the parties exchanged their initial disclosures.

Prior to joining Miller Johnson, Mr. Marchand served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Gordon J. Quist on the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2009-2010.

Mr. Marchand is the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids and helped launch the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation’s annual Service Above Selfie social media contest to recognize and reward community service in the Grand Rapids area.  He is also a Trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.  Previously, Mr. Marchand served on the Great Gardens Party Committee and Long Range Planning Committee at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.  Mr. Marchand is a 2013 graduate of Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Grand Rapids program, and served on the executive committee for the Gerald R. Ford Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  He is also an avid gardener, enjoys remodeling projects on his house, and loves rewiring and restoring antique lamps.

Mr. Marchand is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and earned his J.D. with honors, and The George Washington University where he earned his B.A summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.  He also attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution’s Symposium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and studied philosophy, politics and economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom where he received the Millennium Volunteer Award from the Under Secretary of State for Young People and Adult Skills for his service with children and adults with disabilities.  Mr. Marchand is licensed to practice in Michigan.