Michael L. Chapman is a member of Holland & Knight's senior management team, serving as the firm's general counsel. In this role, Mr. Chapman is legal advisor to management and the firm's Directors Committee and works to ensure that the firm operates in full compliance with all legal requirements, bar ethics standards, its partnership agreement and core principles.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Chapman has practiced as a commercial trial lawyer. He has extensive experience handling disputes among shareholders and other business owners and in cases involving business entity governance, including shareholder actions, securities fraud actions, derivative actions, corporate dissolution, merger and acquisition claims, and dissenters' rights. He also handles trust claims and other commercial litigation. Representative cases include:
While attending Auburn University, Mr. Chapman was a member of the Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and a Graduate Fellow of the National Science Foundation. He was editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review and a member of the Brainerd Currie Society. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a registered engineer-in-training.
Mr. Chapman is certified as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator and as a Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Chapman previously served as co-section leader for the firm's National Litigation Section, as a deputy section leader for the Litigation Section and as a practice group leader within the Litigation Section. He has also served as a member of the firm's Directors Committee.
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