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W. Chapman Hopkins

Member , Lexington KY


W. Chapman Hopkins

Member , Lexington KY

Chapman is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and practices in the firm’s Business Litigation, Banking Litigation, and Equine groups. He serves as Chair of the firm’s Equine Litigation group. Chapman’s practice areas reflect his substantial legal and practical experience in the business, banking, and equine industries.

Chapman’s equine practice encompasses all facets of equine law with substantial experience counseling both individual and institutional equine clients in transactional matters as well as civil litigation and regulatory proceedings. Named a “Rising Star” by Kentucky Super Lawyers® for his work representing equine clients, Chapman’s lifelong industry participation as an owner and breeder of horses gives him a keen understanding of the unique concerns facing clients from bloodstock agents to farms and racetracks—in Kentucky and throughout North America and abroad.

As a litigator, Chapman has the substantial experience required to efficiently resolve a wide range of disputes, with a focus on commercial and banking litigation. He advises clients throughout every step of the dispute process, from initial claim evaluation through settlement negotiations and trials.

An active member of the community, Chapman is a board member and committee member for several local organizations, including the Thoroughbred Club of America (Vice President), the Fund For Greater Lexington, and the UK Markey Cancer. He graduated from Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington program in 2011 and was the chair of the Commerce Lexington EMERGE conference for young professionals in 2015.

Equine Litigation: As chair of this practice group, Chapman works to keep SKO at the forefront of major equine litigation, which includes civil cases in state and Federal court and regulatory proceedings.

Equine Transactional: Chapman assists clients with a wide range of transactional needs, including purchase and sale agreements, stallion syndications, and racing partnerships. Chapman also has substantial experience advising clients on various forms of equine investments, including private placements and Crowdfunding.

Business Litigation: Chapman represents businesses and individuals with respect to contract disputes, business torts, and shareholder conflicts, including complex derivative suits and class-actions for fiduciary duty and disclosure claims.

Banking Litigation: Working with bank clients throughout the state of Kentucky, Chapman handles matters such as lender liability claims and lien priority and collateral disputes. He also provides representation on large-scale commercial collection cases.


University of Kentucky College of Law, 2009, J.D.

Transylvania University, 2006, B.A., with honors


Admitted In

  • Kentucky

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Professional & Community Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Members Services Committee, 2010-present

  • Fayette County Bar Association, 2009-present

  • Fayette County Bar Association, 2009-present

  • Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington, graduate, Class of 2011

  • Commerce Lexington, Young Professionals Steering Committee, 2013-present (Chair, 2015)

  • The Thoroughbred Club of America, Board of Directors, 2018-present

  • Good Shepherd Day School, Board of Directors, 2016-present

  • Lexington Public Library Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019-present

  • Downtown Lexington Partnership, Advisory Board, 2018-2020

  • Kentucky Equine Humane Center, member, Board of Directors, 2015-2018

  • American Cancer Society, ACS Hope Lodge member steering committee 2014-2017

  • Markey Cancer Center, Markey Golf Classic, Co-Chair, 2018-2019

  • Christ the King Parish, Finance Committee, 2015-2018

  • Fayette County Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, volunteer, 2010-2014


  • Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List, 2018, 2021

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2019 – present

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2022 – present

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation — Banking and Finance, 2023 – present

  • Kentucky Rising Stars® Honoree, 2019 – 2020

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