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Avery S. Chapman, Esq.

Honors, Publications, Speaking Engagements, and Consulting/Expertise Designations

National Law Journal Names Equine Law Group as 2020 Elite Boutique Firm

Publications and Speaking Initiatives:

ANM100 – Horsesense and Nonsense: Why Equine Law is Not That Simple

Fraud in Horse Sales: Florida’s Rule 5H and Unfair and Deceptive Acts by Equine Sellers, Agents, and Others

How to Avoid Problems During and After Pre-Purchase Examinations

Equine Business Relief and COVID-19, updating the community on the present status of relief available to the equine industry, April 1, 2020.

Chapter Equine Law In Florida, for the pending e-treatise Animal Law In Florida, soon to be published by The Florida Bar Animal Law Section.

What Every Rider Should Know About Human Doping, Elite Equestrian, March-April 2020. 

Prepurchase Examinations – Best Practices to Avoid Concerns. Elite Equestrian, Volume 20, Issue 1, January-February 2020. 

Horse Trainers Beware: Training Fees Not Included Under Stablekeeper’s Lien Law in Florida, Wellington the Magazine, May 1, 2019

Unexpected Teamwork in Federal Jury Trials, The Federal Lawyer, October/November 2018, Vol. 68, No. 8.

Fraud in Horse Sales: Florida’s Rule 5H and Unfair and Deceptive Acts by Equine Sellers, Agents, and Others, The Florida Bar Journal, Volume 92, No. 9, November 2018. 

LLCs: Considerations when Doing Horse Business Out-of-State, The Horse Authority, July 30, 2018.

Conducting Equine LLC Business Across State Lines, Elite Equestrian, Vol. 18, Issue 2, March 2018.

Speaker, Law and the Legal Profession: Florida Atlantic University, Department of Politics and International Relations, The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, February 20, 2018.

Understanding Care, Custody or Control Insurance in Equine Industry, The Horse Authority, February 24, 2016.

Speaker, Equine Law, Seminar Speaker, Florida State University College of Law, March 2, 2015. Click here to view the Facebook event

Seminar Moderator and Speaker, Equine Law, National Business Institute, July 16, 2014

Animal Law Issues in Estate, Family and Environmental Law Seminar, Seminar Speaker, The Florida Bar Annual Convention, June 23, 2006

Business Litigation: State Jurisdiction, Business Litigation In Florida, 7th ed., and 8th ed., The Florida Bar, publ. January 1, 2011, 2012. Chapter 1 (2012 and 2013), discussing the considerations for establishing personal or subject matter jurisdiction over parties and matters in business law disputes.

Business Litigation: The Economic Loss Rule, Business Litigation in Florida, 7th ed., The Florida Bar, Chapter 23, January 1, 2011 [As of 2013, now a handy reference to the history of the ELR in Florida prior to its contraction by Tiara Condominium Association v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, 110 So. 3d 399 (Fla. 2013)].

Defeating Fraudulent Equine Liens in the Equine Industry, Elite Equestrian, Vol. 16, Issue 2.

Decoding Horse Sales Fraud, ratemyhorsepro.com, August 22, 2016

Common Equine Contracts: What They Are, Pitfalls to Avoid, and Ideas for Effective Drafting, Seminar Speaker, American Bar Association, December 9, 2014.

Grooms and Workers Compensation Insurance: To Have or Not to Have, That is the Question. Elite Equestrian, November 1, 2014, Page 58-60: An article discussing whether and why workers compensation insurance is or is not required for grooms.

Written Contracts In the Informal Horse World, Elite Equestrian, January 1, 2015
Pages 44-46; Discussing the preference for informality in the equine world against the necessity of putting certain important terms of an agreement in writing to avoid faulty memories and loss of friends later.

The Benefits of Conservation Easements to Equine Properties, Elite Equestrian, Vol. 15, Issue 6.

Considerations for Breeding Contracts, Elite Equestrian, March 1, 2015
Pages 70-71; an article exploring certain key terms to include in breeding contracts, including but not limited to: payment, allocation of risk, scope of service, disclaimers, disclosures, jurisdiction and venue.

Does Your Equestrian Facility Have the Right Insurance Asset Protection? Elite Equestrian, May 1, 2015. Pages 44-45; an article analyzing a series of unfortunate events at an equine facility and discussing what insurance should have been in place.

Winter Show Season Is Almost Here. Do You Have Good Contracts? Elite Equestrian, September 1, 2015. Pages 44-45; Discussing boarding, training, consignment, purchase and sale contracts from the perspectives of owners, trainers and stablekeepers.

Author, A Taxing Question: What Deductions Can You Take for Your Hobbies and Businesses?, North American Equine Services, LLC, NorthAmericanEquine.com, (2011)
Defeating Fraudulent Equine Liens in the Equine Industry, Elite Equestrian, March 1, 2016.

Expert and Consulting Witness Designations:

Expert Witness, Malloy v. Colchester, 2002 WL 31466488, Conn.. Super. Ct. (October 18, 2002).

Expert Witness, Fermo, et al. v. Coral Reef Riding Academy, LLC, Case No. 2017-CA -006521, 15th Judicial Circuit, In and For Palm Beach County, Florida, 2019.

Expert Witness, Equine Law matter (not yet disclosed by counsel), Texas Circuit Court, 2020. Consulting Witness, Equine Law matter (not yet disclosed by counsel), California Superior Court, 2020.

Equine Organization Membership and Participation:

Governor-At-Large, United States Polo Association, 2012-2015.

Equine Welfare Committee Member, United States Polo Association, 2008 – present.

Safety Committee Member, United States Polo Association, 2010 – present.

Finance Committee Member, United States Polo Association, 2011 – present.

Club and Membership Committee Member, United States Polo Association, 2017 – present.

United States Equestrian Federation, Business Member, 2017 – present.

Rule 11A, Disciplinary Procedure for Violations of Drug and Medications Program, United States Polo Association Ad Hoc Committee, March 2010

Professional Community Involvement:

Founding Chair, Equine Law Committee, The Florida Bar, 2012.

Professionalism Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member 2017 – present.

Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Federal Bar Association, Member 2018 – present.

Business Law Section, The Florida Bar, Member 2016 – present.

E-Discovery SubCommittee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar, Member 2017 – present.

Across County Lines SubCommitee, Professionalism Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member 2019 – present.

Elite TrailBlazers Award

Awarded as a 2020 Elite Boutique Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, Equine Law Group is uniquely qualified to assist the equestrian.   “Because of our firm’s intimate knowledge and contacts in the equine industry and sport, we can provide services with a discerning understanding and appreciation of minute but material details. Mr. Chapman is the founder and inaugural chair of the Florida Bar Equine Law Committee, and his Equine Law Group of his firm provides strategies and solutions™ for legal issues regarding horses and equine businesses and real estate to members of the equestrian community.  The firm’s clients include Olympic riders, amateur riders, professional polo players, sponsors, trainers, owners, major equine sport governing organizations and equine veterinary clinics across the country.  His firm’s extensive knowledge of the industry has also led to federal and international cases involving equine transaction fraud and undisclosed secret profit-taking as well as international hearings before the Federation Equestre International (“FEI”), and hearings before the United States Equestrian Federation (“USEF”), as well as the drafting of equine drug and medication rules and enforcement regulations and constitution of the United States Polo Association (“USPA”).  ”

Professional Excellence Award

Equine Law Group was recognized as a 2020 Innovator Honoree by the Daily Business Review (DBR) for the development of their equine law practice.   In addition to being the head of Equine Law Group, Mr. Chapman Law Group, and the founding Chair of the Equine Law Committee of The Florida Bar, Chapman represents national and international equestrians from his elite law practice in Wellington, Florida.  His achievements and innovations in the field of equine law are to be honored at the DBR Professional Excellence Awards scheduled to be held on October 7, 2020 in Miami. The annual honorees are selected by the DBR from peer nominations recognizing excellence in the legal profession.

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