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John Jacob Chapman






John "Jacob" Chapman is a 2010 graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he graduated cum laude. His primary practice areas include: medical malpractice defense, general liability and products liability defense, general civil litigation, insurance coverage and defense, commercial and business litigation, labor and employment, and state and municipal civil service. He has represented physicians, hospitals, and other medical professionals at every stage of litigation, from the medical review panel stage all the way through the Louisiana Supreme Court. Jacob is experienced in interpretation and drafting of complex contractual policies, including auto and home-owner's insurance policies, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, etc. He is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and The Baton Rouge Lawyer Publications Committee, and is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana. He has earned a reputation as an effective litigator. 

Jacob was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 2002, before attending Louisiana State University for college, where he majored in journalism with a minor in political science. When he is not in the courtroom, Jacob enjoys fishing, cooking, running, and cheering on the LSU Tigers. He and his wife Chelsey are the proud parents of two girls, Audrey and Madelyn, and are parishioners at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge. Jacob is a member of the Dunham Men's Club and a prior member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee.          

Areas Of Practice

  • Insurance coverage and defense
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • General liability and products liability defense
  • Commercial and business litigation
  • Labor and employment
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2010


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Mass Communications
    • Minor: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • William Sanchez and Audi Gomez v. Holli Sigur, USAgencies Casualty Insurance Company and Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association , 264 So.3d 587, (La.App. 5 Cir. 1/16/19) , Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal , 18-680
  • Gloria Turner v. Willis Knighton Medical Center, Venkateswara Rao, M.D., Navadeep Samra, M.D. and Gazi Zibari, M.D., 108 So.3d 60, (La. 12/4/12), Louisiana Supreme Court , 12-742
  • Miriam Blandino and Fausto Mercedes, individually and on behalf of their minor children, Jared Mercedes and Yeriannis Mercedes v. Kendra Pierre, John Doe, Geico Indemnity Company, USAgencies Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., 230 So.3d 697, (La. 11/15/17), Louisiana Court of Appeal, 16-150
  • Alcender Williams, Jr., v. USAgencies Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., and the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association , 256 So.3d 1127, (La.App. 2 Cir. 9/26/18), Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal, 52,071
  • Shantell Washington and Alex Ducre, individually and on behalf of Alex Ducre, Jr. (dedecent) v. Dr. Phyllis D. Waring and Slidell Memorial Hospital and Medical Center , 142 So.3d 40 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2/18/14), Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal , 13-0078

Honors and Awards

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor's List
  • Cali award, Louisiana Civil Procedure
  • Cali award, Comparative International Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating through Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Baton Rouge Bar Association , Member, 2010 to Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association , Member, 2010 to Present
  • Baton Rouge Pro Bono Association , Member, 2010 to 2013
  • Baton Rouge Bar Publication Committee, Member, 2019 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Milling Benson Woodward, LLP, Litigation Attorney, 2017 to 2020
  • Taylor Wellons Politz Duhe, LLP, Litigation Attorney, 2015 to 2017
  • Watson, Blanche, Wilson, & Posner, LLP, Litigation Attorney, 2010 to 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of Baton Rouge Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, 2010 to 2013
  • Member LSU Barristers' Bowl Football Club (benefiting Make a Wish Foundatoin) , 2007 to 2009

Speaking Arrangements

  • Presenter, “Open Meetings Law” CLE, National Business Institute, 2019


  • Author, You better get your fax right. The Baton Rouge Lawyer – May / June 2020 Edition
  • Author, Louisiana Legislature 2020 Regular Session Recap. The Baton Rouge Lawyer – July / August 2020 Edition.