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The John Chapman Law Firm

After years in larger law firms, I saw a need for change in Sarasota. I saw clients hire a firm based on a meeting with one of the named partners, only to have their case handed off to a second-year lawyer. That does not happen at The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A. When you hire me as your attorney, I personally attend to every aspect of your case: when questions arise, I answer them personally; when court appearances need to be made, I am the lawyer who is standing beside you.

It’s time to step away from large, impersonalized law. At The John Chapman Law Firm, P.A., I offer my clients more than 30 years of experience in Florida law. As a fourth-generation Sarasota, this community and its people are important to me. Never be a number, and never settle for second-rate service.

My entire career has been representing clients in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. My practice is focused on business and estate litigation issues, and I take pride in the personalized attention I provide to every client I serve.

Why choose Chapman Law

When you need assistance with a serious legal issue, your lawyer should care just as much about the outcome as you do. I take personal interest in every case I accept. Practicing law is more than just a job to me. I hold a strong personal belief that every lawyer owes a duty of care to each client they serve, and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

You deserve an experienced litigator who is committed to obtaining the best possible result on your behalf. I take a very hands-on, results-oriented approach to your case.


  • Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator
  • More than 30 years practicing law in the state of Florida
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10 rating on AVVO

I prepare every case as if it is destined for court

I have a well-earned reputation as a skilled litigator, and my opponents know that I am prepared to fight for my clients' rights in court if necessary. Negotiating a fair solution is always preferable to going through a long and costly court battle, but if negotiation does not produce a favorable outcome, I am up for the challenge of being by your side in the courtroom.

I am a resolutions-driven civil mediator

As a mediator, I serve as a neutral third party who works to help the parties of a dispute reach an agreement that everyone can support. I do not represent any of the parties in these matters, and I do not offer legal advice at any point in the process. My only goal is to facilitate a process that results in resolution without the need for litigation. I also represent clients who are going through mediation.

Discuss your case with a Florida business and estate litigation attorney

Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation with your dedicated Sarasota litigation attorney. I will provide a complete evaluation of your case, help you understand your legal options and give you my best recommendation about how to proceed. You can reach me by phone at 941-404-4616 or toll free at 800-650-4034, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About John Chapman

John Chapman is the principal of The John Chapman Law Firm in Sarasota. He is Board Certified as a specialist in business litigation by the Florida Bar, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has a 10 out of 10 AVVO rating. He focuses his litigation practice in the areas of probate and trust, construction, banking, real estate, commercial, employment contract, and ad valorem tax. Mr. Chapman is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, and works with institutions, businesses and individuals to facilitate settlement of disputes both prior to and after the commencement of litigation. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Approved Arbitrator and a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, Mr. Chapman was a competing member of the Stetson Moot Court Board and a published member of 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 former director of the Board of the Sarasota County Bar Association and the 12th Judicial Circuit Diversity Committee.

Mr. Chapman is the past President of the Board of the Humane Society of Sarasota County and currently serves on its advisory board and is a fourth generation Sarasotan.