Since joining the firm in 1996, Mr. Chapman’s practice has focused on the litigation and trial of complex matters including claims of medical malpractice, products liability, fraud, hospital medical staff issues, and toxic torts.
Mr. Chapman has successfully defended individual and corporate healthcare providers as well as manufacturers, insurance companies, and other corporate entities. He has significant experience trying complex and high-exposure matters in various state and federal courts, and typically tries numerous such cases per year. He has successfully tried to defense verdict cases involving claims of wrongful death, paralysis, brain injury, and similar issues.
Mr. Chapman frequently handles matters that are resolved through alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration as well as appeals relating to interlocutory and post-trial review. He has defended mass torts and successfully contested class certification before the Alabama Supreme Court in a toxic tort matter. Mr. Chapman also handles administrative matters involving state and federal agencies, quasi-governmental agencies, and professional licensure boards.
Obtained defense verdict in favor of hospital and nurse in medical malpractice/wrongful death case involving patient who died after being treated in the hospital’s emergency department for an allergic reaction
Obtained defense verdict in favor of family practice physician in medical malpractice/wrongful death case involving a patient alleged to have aspirated barium during an attempted upper GI study with small bowel follow through
Obtained judgment as matter of law at trial in favor of hospital in medical malpractice/wrongful death case
Obtained defense verdict in favor of a cardiac electrophysiologist in medical malpractice case involving the evaluation of a patient for cardiac arrhythmia following a syncopal episode
Obtained defense verdict in favor of internist in a medical malpractice/wrongful death case involving the treatment of nursing home patient who suffered from recurrent Clostridium difficile colitis that ultimately caused toxic megacolon, sepsis, and death
Alabama Supreme Court decertified class action against hospital client in case involving fungal contamination of saline breast implants implanted at hospital-owned outpatient surgery center
Obtained defense verdict in favor of cardiologist in medical malpractice/wrongful death case involving sudden cardiac death immediately following stress electrocardiogram testing
Obtained defense verdict in favor of cardiothoracic surgeon in medical malpractice case involving paralysis allegedly due to use of absorbable hemostat product in performing pneumonectomy procedure
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of local hospital in premises liability case
Mr. Chapman is frequently called upon to speak to groups of physicians and healthcare risk managers regarding medical risk management and defense issues.
Mr. Chapman has been AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was senior editor of the Alabama Law Review while studying at University of Alabama School of Law. He is also recognized for his expertise in medical malpractice by Best Lawyers of America for 2013, and has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Alabama Super Lawyers.
Mr. Chapman is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He also serves as Co-Chairman of Washington & Lee University's Alumni Admissions Program for the Montgomery area.