Michael Chappell

Principal, Regulatory Compliance


  • 38 years with FDA


  • Specialist in the area of regulatory compliance


  • Extensive experience in enforcement, imports, and inspection policy

Michael Chappell’s extensive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experience brings a unique understanding of how the regulated industry is affected by FDA’s enforcement operations. At Greenleaf, Michael works closely with clients, providing strategic consulting services on regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters.

Before joining Greenleaf, Michael had a distinguished 38 year career at FDA, where he rose to a leadership position at FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. He served as FDA’s Acting Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs and Deputy Associate Commissioner for Field Operations from 2007–2010. In this role, he managed a 4,000-person staff, spanning five regional offices that are responsible for imports, inspections, and enforcement policy.

Previously, Michael served as Director of FDA’s Dallas District, where he was responsible for all FDA domestic field activities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Earlier, he served as Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer in the Atlanta District and Director of Investigations for the Florida District, where he managed all field investigational programs for the district and one of the largest import operations in FDA’s Southeast Region.

Michael’s FDA career began as a consumer safety officer in Nashville. He later became the resident in charge of the Memphis Resident Post of the Nashville District, where he was responsible for new emphasis programs for the field force in medical devices, biologics, and bioresearch.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama.