Michael L. Chapman

General Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP

Michael L. Chapman

Michael L. Chapman

General Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

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:

* representing a closely held business owner in connection with $13 million litigation against his co-owner for fraud spanning more than a decade involving complex transactions among a long list of entities
* representing a substantial group of minority shareholders of one of Florida's largest private companies in a dissenters' rights action against the company seeking a buy-out of their shares
* representing a major state university in litigation brought after the death of the former owner of an NFL team concerning more than $10 million in gifts to the university
* defending a family trustee against an action concerning the administration of the trust and its ownership in real property valued in excess of $30 million
* representing several public companies in the defense of securities fraud class actions
* representing a major utility in a state tax dispute concerning the valuation of its power plants
* representing the widow of the founder of a national restaurant chain in a dispute concerning a stock buy-sell agreement triggered by the founder's death
* representing affiliates of a major group of Florida property and casualty insurers in connection with the rehabilitation and liquidation of the insurers and related litigation with the state
* representing the government of a United States territory as plaintiff in litigation seeking more than $20 million in a complex fraud case concerning the establishment and failure of a property and casualty insurer
* representing a major utility in the defense of multimillion dollar fraud claims arising from its sale of interests in a subsidiary
* representing the government of a United States territory as plaintiff in litigation seeking over $20 million in a complex fraud case concerning the establishment and failure of a property and casualty insurer

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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Holland & Knight LLP

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Education
J.D., summa cum laude
M.S., Agricultural Engineering

Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a public university located in Auburn, Alabama, United States. With more than 25,000 students and 1,200 faculty members, it is one of the largest universities in the state. Auburn was chartered on February 7, 1856, as the East Alabama Male College, a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1872, the college became the state's first public land-grant university under the Morrill Act and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. The curriculum at the university originally focused on arts and agriculture. This trend changed under the guidance of Dr. William Leroy Broun, who taught classics and sciences and believed both disciplines were important in the overall growth of the university and the individual. The college was renamed the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) in 1899, largely because of Dr. Broun’s influence. The college continued expanding, and in 1960 its name was officially changed to Auburn University to acknowledge the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university. In 1964, under Federal Court mandate AU admitted its first African American Student. It had been popularly known as "Auburn" for many years. Auburn is among the few American universities designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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TO PROMOTE THE ART, SCIENCE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING AND ALLIED SCIENCES AROUND THE GLOBE.

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TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE THROUGH INNOVATIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND RIGOROUS EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE LAW.

Career History
General Counsel
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$1,000
2013

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$1,000
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

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National Science Foundation Fellowship
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