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J. Stanley Chapman

J. Stanley Chapman

J. Stanley Chapman


  • Fifth generation Floridian, born in Tallahassee in 1957
  • Married to Beth J. LaCivita in 1982
  • One daughter, Abigail E.L. Chapman born in 1990



  • Florida State University, J.D. with honors, 1987
  • Florida State University Law Review, 1985-87 (Associate Editor, 1985, Research Editor, 1986)


  • Florida State University, B.S., Visual Arts – Design, 1983


  • Recipient: Resolution of the Board of Leon County Commissioners, 1984 (for innovative park designs, including design of Tom Brown Park)
  • Book Award for Real Estate Planning, 1986
  • Gubernatorial Appointment (by Honorable Lawton Chiles): Trustee, Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board, 1995-96
  • The Florida Bar’s Statewide Law Week Chairman, 1999 and 2006
  • President of the Tallahassee Bar Association, 2014-15


Mr. Chapman began his legal career at Ervin, Varn, Jacobs, Odom & Kitchen, in 1987, a/k/a Ervin, Kitchen, Chapman & Ervin, after serving as a Law Clerk for the Florida Department of Transportation’s Chief of Eminent Domain while in law school. Mr. Chapman practiced with the Ervin firm for 19 years concentrating in eminent domain and other civil and administrative trial practice and appeals. In 2006, he joined Miami-based Equels Law Firm, as a Litigation Director for the Tallahassee office of the firm, and continued to handle a variety of complex civil litigation and eminent domain cases at the trial and appellate level.

Mr. Chapman joined the Fixel Law Firm as a partner in 2018 to focus his practice in eminent domain, including inverse condemnation trials and appeals. He has represented numerous property and business owners in significant eminent domain cases over his 35 years in practice.


  • Employed by the Leon County Division of Engineering for seven years (1976-83) as an Engineering Technician and Right-of-Way Agent, during which time he performed civil engineering design of roadways, public park facilities, and drainage conveyances, grant administration, and right-of-way acquisition
  • Trustee, Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board, 1995-96
  • Mayoral Appointments: Citizens Committee on Utility Tree Trimming Practices, 1996-97, Canopy Road Citizens Committee, 2001-06, Cultural Resources Commission’s Cultural Support Space Committee
  • Participant: Bradfordville Study Group, Leon County Division of Growth Management


  • Guest Speaker: Partial Takings, 22nd Annual CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, 2018
  • Guest Speaker: Inverse Condemnation Flooding Cases, Eminent Domain Committee, Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar, 2004
  • Guest Speaker: Tree Liability Issues, University of Florida/ Leon County Agricultural Extension Office, Florida Certified Arboriculturist Seminars, bi-annually, 2006 – 2016
  • Guest Speaker: Historic Preservation Tax Incentives, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Statewide Conference, 2001
  • Guest Speaker: 2014 New Lawyer Admission Ceremonies, Florida Supreme Court and First District Court of Appeal, en banc


  • The Florida Bar, admitted 1987 (Eminent Domain Committee, 1992-present; Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, 1996-2016, Chairman 1999)
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, 1987-present (President, 2014-15, Director, 1995-96, 2010-16)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, admitted 1990
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, admitted 1992
  • United States Court of Claims, admitted 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, admitted 2004


  • Director: LeMoyne Art Foundation, Inc. (2012-17)
  • Director: Florida Heritage Foundation, Inc., 1992-2010 (President, 1999-2000)
  • Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc., 1995-2004