John Richard Chapman III

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John R. Chapman is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Fort Lauderdale office and a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team, as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure Industry Sector Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, contract negotiation and disputes, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, nondisclosure matters, and all business torts and statutory claims. Mr. Chapman represents clients in both state and federal courts from the pre-suit phase through trial, appeals and collection.

Mr. Chapman makes it a point to understand his clients' business, needs and industries. This approach is the key to Mr. Chapman having successfully represented clients in the financial services, marine, real estate and development, employee staffing, manufacturing and insurance industries. With his guidance and approach, Mr. Chapman's clients have obtained multimillion-dollar jury verdicts, and defeated or resolved adverse claims seeking billions of dollars in damages.

In addition to all phases of litigation, Mr. Chapman represents a wide range of clients in their post-judgment enforcement efforts, having represented clients seeking to enforce judgments in excess of $100 million. Mr. Chapman's clients in this space include both national and international investors, litigation financiers, and private individuals and corporations. Mr. Chapman's comprehensive knowledge and experience allows him to formulate innovative and seamless strategies for his clients in working toward turning their claims into enforced judgments.

Mr. Chapman was born and raised in South Florida, and grew up utilizing its marine resources. With this passion, Mr. Chapman has developed a practice representing clients in Florida's vibrant marine industries. He advises clients on all aspects of yacht purchase and sale transactions, including contract negotiation, registration, finance and escrow services, and dispute resolution. Mr. Chapman also represents tax-exempt and charitable organizations in the marine industry.

Outside of the firm, Mr. Chapman advocates for South Florida's marine industries, and the vital role they play in the health of the local community. He is a member of the Marine Advisory Board for the City of Pompano Beach, a member of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Marine Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of directors for the Seafarers' House at Port Everglades. Mr. Chapman also regularly volunteers in support of charitable organizations with a maritime theme, including Mission Fishin' and Crossing for a Cure. He is also committed to serving the bar, and has served on The Florida Bar's Code and Rules of Evidence Committee from 2012-2018.


  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • University of Miami, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Marine Advisory Board, City of Pompano Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Marine Advisory Committee
  • Seafarers' House Inc., Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • The Florida Bar, Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, 2012-2018
  • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Broward County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight PCS Pro Bono All-Star, 2019
  • Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Class XXII
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Torts, Civil Procedure, Wills, Condominium Law, Evidence, Civil Pre-Trial Practice