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Chapman Hopkins

Member, Lexington

Chapman is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office practicing in the firm’s Business Litigation, Banking Litigation, and Equine practice groups. Chapman serves as Chair of the firm’s Equine Litigation practice.

Chapman’s litigation experience includes the representation of businesses and individuals with respect to contract disputes, business torts, and shareholder disputes – including defense of shareholder derivative suits and the defense of shareholder class action suits for fiduciary duty and disclosure claims. Chapman also has significant experience in banking litigation, including lender liability claims, lien priority and collateral disputes, and large-scale commercial collections cases. Chapman advises clients throughout every step of the litigation process, from initial claim evaluation through settlement negotiations and litigation.

Chapman’s equine practice encompasses all facets of equine law with substantial experience counseling both individual and institutional equine clients in civil litigation and regulatory proceedings. A lifelong owner and breeder of horses, Chapman’s personal involvement in the industry enables him to understand the unique concerns facing industry participants and to provide clients with pragmatic solutions to their needs. Chapman regularly represents individuals, farms, and industry associations in Kentucky and throughout North America and abroad.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Chapman received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law after graduating with honors from Transylvania University. An active member of the community, Chapman participates in a number of organizations, including the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Thoroughbred Club of America, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, the Kentucky Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), the Central Kentucky chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the Bluegrass Conservancy. Chapman is also actively involved with the American Cancer Society and the ACS Hope Lodge in Lexington, Kentucky. Chapman currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Day School and as a member of the Finance Committee for Christ The King Parish. Chapman graduated from the Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington program in 2011 and served as Chair of the Commerce Lexington EMERGE young professionals conference in 2015.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2009, J.D.
Transylvania University
2006, B.A., with honors
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2019


  • Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Members Services Committee, 2010-present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Central Kentucky American Inns of Court, founding member, 2013-2016
  • Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington, graduate, Class of 2011
  • Commerce Lexington, Young Professionals Steering Committee, 2013-present (Chair, 2015)
  • The Thoroughbred Club of America, member, 2008-present
  • Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, farm member
  • Kentucky Equine Humane Center, member, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • American Cancer Society, ACS Hope Lodge member steering committee 2014-present
  • Christ the King Parish, member, Finance Committee, 2015 – present
  • Good Shepherd Day School, member, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Fayette County Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, volunteer, 2010-2014
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