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The Chapman Law Group, PLC  is one of the founding members of THE WELLINGTON LEGAL GROUP, LLC, a professional  legal practice affiliation of seperate practices located  in Wellington, Florida 

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asc headshot profl_1Avery S. Chapman of  the Chapman Law Group, PLC and the Equine Law Group, PLC and an attorney since 1991, and also the principal of The Equine Law Group and an equine law practitioner, focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation matters concerning the small to medium size business,  including purchase and sale of businesses, commercial contracts, asset protection, construction issues, employment issues, real estate matters and compliance issues and provides general counsel to his clients in a variety of business contexts. He represents creditors frequently in state and federal courts.  He also has provided general counsel to the United States Polo Association and has  experience in probate and family matters involving business succession, e-commerce,  franchise litigation, securities disputes, professional business group formations and dissolutions.

Mr. Chapman is a multi-term member of the Professional Law Committee of the Palm Beach County, Florida Bar Association and as spoken and written on the topics of professionalism in state and federal practice.  He is also actively involved in the Florida Bar Association and is the founding and inaugural Chair of the Florida Bar Equine Law Committee, which covers a cross-disciplinary area of law. He is an initial members of the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar and a past Vice Chair.  While in law school, Avery clerked for the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. in New York Supreme Court.  Judge Baer was later elevated to the federal bench for the Southern District of New York.

He is a recipient of the 2015 American Bar Association Outstanding Services Award for his pro bono service to military families, as well as a recipient of the 2015 Palm Beach Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for his service to the elderly.  He is also an Investigator and Prosecutor for The Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center, Mediators Qualifications Board and a member of the Professionalism Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Mr. Chapman is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, the United States District Courts for New Jersey, Connecticut, the Southern District and Middle District Courts for the District of Florida, and the United States Supreme Court. Beyond the law practice, Avery is a member of the national Team USA for triathlon, where he represents the United States in international triathlon competitions and coaches interscholastic athletes.

Mr. Chapman is a nationally-recognized speaker on Equine La issues and has served as an expert witness.   He has written two chapters of The Florida Bar Business Litigation Manual and one chapter of The Florida Bar Small Business Manual.  He speaks at seminars and publishes law articles and chapters frequently and has been called as an expert witness.

Bar Admissions:
State of New Jersey (1991)
United States District Court for District of  New Jersey (1991)
State of Connecticut (1994)
United States District Court for District of Connecticut (1994)
United States Supreme Court (2000)
State of Florida (2001)
United States District Court for Southern District of Florida (2007)
United States District Court for Middle District of Florida (2008)
other state and federal courts by matter.

Speaking Engagements and Publications:

Unexpected Teamwork in Jury Trials, Palm Beach County Bar Committee, on behalf of the Professionalism Committee, October, 2017.

Nova Southeastern School of Law, Speaker, October 10, 2017.

Decoding Horse Sales Fraud, ratemyhorsepro.com, August 22, 2016

Defeating Fraudulent Equine Liens in the Equine Industry., Elite Equestrian, March 1, 2016; page 68: What to do when your horse is improperly or illegally liened by a stablekeeper or other.

Written Contracts In the Informal Horse World, Elite Equestrian, January 1, 2015;  pages 44-46; Discussing the preference for informality in the equine world against the necessity of putting certain important terms of an agreement in writing to avoid faulty memories and loss of friends later.

Considerations for Breeding Contracts, Elite Equestrian, March 1, 2015; pages 70-71; an article exploring certain key terms to include in breeding contracts, including but not limited to: payment, allocation of risk, scope of service, disclaimers, disclosures, jurisdiction and venue.

Does Your Equestrian Facility Have the Right Insurance Asset Protection? Elite Equestrian, May 1, 2015;  pages 44-45; an article analyzing a series of unfortunate events at an equine facility and discussing what insurance should have been in place.

Winter Show Season Is Almost Here. Do You Have Good Contracts? Elite Equestrian, September 1, 2015; pages 44-45; Discussing boarding, training, consignment, purchase and sale contracts from the perspectives of owners, trainers and stablekeepers.

Equine Law, Seminar Speaker, Florida State University College of Law, March 2, 2015 https://www.facebook.com/events/716964588423557/

Equine Law, Seminar Moderator and Speaker, National Business Institute, July 16, 2014.

Common Equine Contracts: What They Are, Pitfalls to Avoid, and Ideas for Effective Drafting, Seminar Speaker, American Bar Association, December 9, 2014. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=872457196140224&id=163124000406884

Grooms and Workers Compensation Insurance: To Have or Not to Have, That is the Question. Elite Equestrian, November 1, 2014;  page 58-60: An article discussing whether and why workers compensation insurance is or is not required for grooms.

Chapter 1, Selection of Proper Business Entity, Florida Small Business Practice, 8th ed., The Florida Bar (2013).

Chapter 1, Business Litigation: State Jurisdiction, Business Litigation In Florida, 8th ed., The Florida Bar (2012), discussing the considerations for establishing personal or subject matter jurisdiction over parties and matters in business law disputes.

Chapter 23, Business Litigation: State Jurisdiction, Business Litigation In Florida, 7th ed., The Florida Bar (2011), discussing the expansion of the Economic Loss Rule and its various exceptions. [As of 2013, now a handy reference to the history of the ELR in Florida prior to its contraction by Tiara Condominium Association v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, 110 So. 3d 399 (Fla. 2013)].

Chapter 1, Business Litigation: State Jurisdiction, Business Litigation In Florida, 7th ed., The Florida Bar (2011), discussing the considerations for establishing personal or subject matter jurisdiction over parties and matters in business law disputes.

Chapter 23, Business Litigation: State Jurisdiction, Business Litigation In Florida, 7th ed., The Florida Bar (2011), discussing the expansion of the Economic Loss Rule and its various exceptions. [As of 2013, now a handy reference to the history of the ELR in Florida prior to its contraction by Tiara Condominium Association v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, 110 So. 3d 399 (Fla. 2013)].

Author, A Taxing Question: What Deductions Can You Take for Your Hobbies and Businesses?, North American Equine Services, LLC, northamericaneqine.com, (2011).

Animal Law Issues in Estate, Family and Environmental Law Seminar, Seminar Speaker, The Florida Bar Annual Convention, June 23, 2006.

Expert Witness, Malloy v. Colchester, 2002 WL 31466488, Conn.. Super. Ct. (October 18, 2002) (as to liability of a landowner for securing horses upon property).