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John William Chapman Jr.

John William Chapman Jr.

Practice areas:

Litigation, Probate, Landlord & Tenant, Tax, Contracts & Agreements

About Me

John Chapman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law.  While at Stetson, John was a competing member of the Stetson Moot Court Board and on the Editorial Board of the Stetson Law Review.


John is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, the United States Federal Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


He holds the designation of Master Emeritus in the Honorable John J. Scheb Inns of Court.  He is a past member of the 12th Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee and the past chair of the 12th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.  He is a director on the Board of the Sarasota County Bar Association and member of the 12th Judicial Circuit Diversity Committee.  


John is the Vice President of the Humane Society of Sarasota County Board, a Director of the Friends of the Selby Library, and is a fifth generation Sarasotan.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Litigation: 50%
    25 years, 250 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    25 years, 30 cases
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    25 years, 200 cases
  4. Tax: 10%
    23 years, 75 cases
  5. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
    25 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($325-375/hour), Contingent (25-50%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Gerald F. O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a skilled advocate, highly intelligent and honest. I endorse him without reservation


    Gerald O'Brien Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Laurie S. Zimmerman

    I endorse John Chapman. John is very professional and ethical. He has substantial knowledge of both procedural and substantive law.


    Laurie Zimmerman Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The John Chapman Law Firm, PA

1515 Ringling Blvd., Suite 870
Sarasota, FL, 34236



FLMember in Good Standing199008/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Board Certified - Business LitigationFlorida Bar2014
Runner Up Oral AdvocateWorkers Compensation Moot Court Competition1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalThe John Chapman Law Firm, P.A.2011 - Present
PartnerNorton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos2000 - 2011
AssociateDunlap & Moran, PA1998 - 2000
AssociateDent & Cook1993 - 1998
AssociateSyprett, Meshad, Resnick, & Lieb, PA1990 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtMaster Emeritus1996 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
New Testament Church of Deliverance v. DejerinettJudgement for Plaintiff on all counts
Ronald Janson v. Michael Hamrick, et alJudgment for defendants on all counts, plus an award of attorney fees and costs
Wong v. Ramco Gershenson PropertiesJudgement for landlord following trial.

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Docket Sarasota County Bar AssociationFlorida Supreme's Effectively Gut Economic Loss Rule2013
The Docket Sarasota County Bar AssociationChapter 558: A Solution to a Nonexistent Problem2003
Stetson Law ReviewProbate Nonclaim Statutes and the Tulsa Decision: Requiring Actual Notice to Reasonably Ascertainable Creditors1988


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Auburn University , AuburnAgribusiness/EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
No Law School providedN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Collection Law In FloridaHomestead and Exemptions2005