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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.


Mr. Chapman 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.  


Mr. Chapman is the President of the Board of Humane Society of Sarasota County, and is a fifth generation Sarasotan.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    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. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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


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Contact info

The John Chapman Law Firm, PA

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


FLMember in Good Standing199009/08/2015
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/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Collection Law In FloridaHomestead and Exemptions2005