THOMAS J. CHAPMAN, ESQ. BIO

Thomas J. Chapman is a trial attorney at NextGen Injury Law where he provides legal representation to those injured due to nursing home neglect, assisted living facility injuries, and home health care negligence.

In helping injured victims, I will personally oversee each case that is brought to the firm.  Taking on a case is a personal commitment to that client: this means reviewing the most important medical records, speaking with expert doctors, reviewing medical journals, coordinating inspections of facilities, exchanging countless documents with other lawyers, and presenting the case in front of a judge and jury.

I try and provide my clients with a level of service I would want: a lawyer who grasps the facts and the legal issues but also figures out why negligence occurred. In my experience, what separates a good lawyer from a great lawyer is someone who willing to uncover why negligence happens, not simply understanding how, where, and what happened – those things are the bare minimum and the bare minimum is not enough.

FOUR QUICK QUESTIONS ABOUT TOM:

What is your approach to working with a new client?

A: It is important to be upfront with new clients about their potential case. If I don’t see a case that I want to pursue, I’d rather I tell them honestly and quickly so that they can search for a lawyer who might be willing to take it on for them. Due to the short time in Florida to pursue cases, it’s best for me to tell clients my thoughts as soon as I can. Clients generally appreciate the honesty even if it’s not what they were hoping to hear, which happens a lot since we are selective on the cases I take.

What changes would you like to see in the personal injury field?

A: Lawyers in the personal injury field have an obligation to maintain the integrity of this profession. Advertisements that focus solely on money, rather than our clients, miss the mark and I’d like to see some changes within that area.

What do you do in your spare time for fun?

A: My wife and I enjoy spending time with our pets at home and getting to travel abroad when we get the opportunity. We recently went to Thailand and would love to explore other places.

What do you enjoy about being a lawyer?

A: My interactions with my clients. I’ve had the privilege of representing people from all walks of life: a holocaust survivor, teachers, police officers, doctors, boat mechanics, and individuals unable to work. Everybody has a unique story to offer which gives me a new perspective for my own life.

FOUR QUICK FACTS ABOUT TOM:

INTERNATIONAL BOUND

Lived in Waterloo, Belgium
when he was a teenager.

WORLD SERIES CHAMPS?

White Sox or Cubs?
White Sox!

MAY I HAVE A DANCE?

First Dance Song – Leon Bridges
“Coming Home”

FAVORITE PLACE VISITED

Supertree Grove
in Singapore.

Practice Areas

  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Assisted Living Neglect and Abuse
  • Home Health Care Negligence
  • Private Duty Aide Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice

 

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Illinois Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • University of Florida, J.D., Cum Laude, 2009

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite “Up & Comers” (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Verdict Search # 1 Florida Medical Malpractice Verdict (2014)
  • National Trial Lawyers Association “Top 40 under 40” (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Best Lawyers (2014)

 

Professional Associations and Leadership Activities

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Illinois Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association