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John William Chapman Jr.

Litigation Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1990
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    General business, construction, real estate, and estate disputes, including mediation and arbitration

    34 years, 250 cases

  2. Probate
    Estate administration, and litigation, including trust and will contests, claims against personal representatives and trustees, and guardianship disputes. Preparations of wills and trusts.

    34 years, 30 cases

  3. Construction and development
    construction contracts, disputes, liens - representation of owners, contractors and subcontractors/suppliers

    34 years, 250 cases

  4. Contracts and agreements
    construction, real estate, employment

    34 years, 200 cases

  5. Landlord or tenant
    Commercial landlord / tenant disputes and representation of landlords only in residential disputes.

    34 years, 100 cases

  6. Tax
    Ad Valorem (property tax) appeals

    32 years, 75 cases


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


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The John Chapman Law Firm, PA
1515 Ringling Blvd., Suite 870
Sarasota, FL, 34236


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2024
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Excellent Service and Legal Guidance
We hired Mr. Chapman to help us with a construction contractor that never finished the work, then billed for the entire job. Mr. Chapman answered all our questions and explained our options pertaining to communication with the contractor and how to ensure things were correct with the municipality. We followed his recommendations and had a positive resolution to the matter. Mr. Chapman was very accessible, professional, and easy to talk with. His fees were reasonable and he made sure we received a good value for our dollar, We learned a lot and would highly recommend him as a construction attorney.
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Posted by Ervin | January 10, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer
John Chapman took care of all of my legal documents including power of attorney, health care surrogate, living will and revokable trust, and some other business related documents.. He has also provided excellent follow-up and advice. He is very patient and thorough. I would say that his fees are reasonable. I have also referred him several of my patients for their legal issues. I can report that my patients were 100% satisfied with the services and handling other their legal needs. I will continue to recommend him to my patients and my friends. Thanks John!
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Posted by Alan | January 9, 2020
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Confident and compassionate
From the first time we met John we were confident in his advice. He took charge of our case and with in months formulated a strategy which won our case. Trust is hard to find. We trusted in him immediately. You can too.
Posted by David | January 9, 2020
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Great Attorney help with a Employee Contract
Great Attorney help with a Employee Contract, was able to help me thru the paper work
Posted by Alex Braunstein | October 21, 2016
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John was hired by my firm to mediate our business litigation case. John was able to successfully able to speak to both sides and aid us to come to a good resolution two months prior to trial.
Posted by Rob | September 3, 2015
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Court Case
Our firm hired John Chapman's professional services to act for us in the Sarasota Court. I feel our case was quite complicated and John handled it as a true professional. I would not hesitate to use him again. He is brilliant !!
Posted by Shana | September 3, 2015
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Patient and understanding!
Mr. Chapman did an amazing job for me and my family. He was patient and so very understanding with us. I highly recommend him to anyone. I can't thank him and his staff enough for everything they did for me and my family.
Posted by Gordon | July 15, 2014
Goes the Extra Mile
John Chapman handled a permit case for me, and was one of the few lawyers I contacted who was willing to work in this area. He also was the only attorney I was considering who actually came out to look at the site and situation before taking the case. He came highly recommended, worked well with another lawyer I had working a complementary case, and did the necessary legwork before going to court that enabled us to succeed.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2008
Highly Recommended
Mr. Chapman is very accessible and answers all your questions. He is very knowledgeable. He goes over and beyond his own responsibilities. The last time I used him he ended up doing work that the lawyers on the other side should have been handling but didn't. In the past 10 years, I have used him for many different things.
Posted by Scott | September 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Sorry I hired Him
I hire John Chapmen who handle my case incredibly sloppy. John failed to provide an affirmative defence. Made several mistakes answering a complaint and failed to communicate case details. The firm also sent me other clients confidential correspondence on two separate occasions. There is more! To top it off John violated attorney-client privilege,
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Response from John Chapman September 29, 2016
While I disagree with your assertions, I am sorry that you were unhappy with the service you felt you received and that our relationship ended the way it did. I trust that you are satisfied with your new counsel and wish you the best with your case.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos
  • 2000 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Dunlap & Moran, PA
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Dent & Cook
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, & Lieb, PA
  • 1990 - 1993
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  • Auburn University , Auburn
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • New Testament Church of Deliverance v. Dejerinett
  • Judgement for Plaintiff on all counts
  • Ronald Janson v. Michael Hamrick, et al
  • Judgment for defendants on all counts, plus an award of attorney fees and costs
  • Wong v. Ramco Gershenson Properties
  • Judgement for landlord following trial.


  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Master Emeritus
  • 1996 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Board Certified - Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar
  • 2014
  • Runner Up Oral Advocate
  • Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition
  • 1989


  • The Docket Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Florida Supreme's Effectively Gut Economic Loss Rule
  • 2013
  • The Docket Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Chapter 558: A Solution to a Nonexistent Problem
  • 2003
  • Stetson Law Review
  • Probate Nonclaim Statutes and the Tulsa Decision: Requiring Actual Notice to Reasonably Ascertainable Creditors
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Collection Law In Florida
  • Homestead and Exemptions
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse John
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to provide a stellar review for attorney John Chapman in Sarasota, who specializes in probate, trust, and estate litigation. He is a skilled litigator who knows the intricacies of probate and estate law, and he is always well-prepared and strategic in his approach to each case. What sets John apart is his ability to balance his legal expertise with his compassion for his clients. He understands that probate and estate litigation can be emotionally charged and stressful, and he goes above and beyond to ensure his clients feel supported and informed throughout the process. John is a true advocate for his clients, and he has a track record of achieving favorable outcomes in even the most complex and contentious cases. His attention to detail, sharp legal mind, and commitment to his clients make him an excellent choice for anyone in need of probate, trust, or estate litigation services."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a skilled mediator who helped resolve a case two months prior to trial. He is knowledgeable and fair in his assessment of cases."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Chapman. I am a lawyer in Sarasota and have worked with John and against John in litigation involving probate, real estate and commercial law. He is very knowledgeable, professional and well respected. He always works hard for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a skilled advocate, highly intelligent and honest. I endorse him without reservation"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Chapman. John is very professional and ethical. He has substantial knowledge of both procedural and substantive law."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a life long resident of Sarasota and enjoys a fabulous reputation for his transactional and commercial litigation work."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a first class lawyer and a gentleman to boot. I would recommend him for any litigation matter."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Chapman is an excellent trial lawyer and highly regarded in the Sarasota legal community. He is Board Certified in Business Litigation Law and handles complex commercial disputes as well as inheritance disputes. I have handled cases with and against John and have also successfully mediated one of his complex inheritance dispute cases. This lawyer has strong technical skills and a winning personality. He is a gentleman at the same time as he zealously represents his client. This combination of technical ability and civility makes John one of the lawyers to whom I refer cases. I highly recommend this lawyer to prospective clients."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John and I had a few cases against each other several years ago involving the same set of clients. He is knowledgeable and professional. He has a calm and pleasant demeanor and is easy to negotiate with. He quickly works towards practical settlements and resolutions of the legal problems of his clients."
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Sarasota Litigation Lawyer John William Chapman Jr.
John William Chapman Jr.
Litigation Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 33 years