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David A. Chapman

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900 S. Gay Street Riverview Tower – Suite 1800 Knoxville Tennessee 37902

david.chapman@leitnerfirm.com

865-342-4919 (direct)
865-934-4919 (direct fax)

865-523-0404 (local)
865-673-0260 (fax)
800-421-0979 (toll free)
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Areas of Practice

General Liability
Transportation Law
Insurance Coverage & Defense

STATE BAR ADMISSIONS

Tennessee

Education

Carson Newman College, B.A., 2003 (cum laude)

University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2007 (magna cum laude)

Honors and Awards

William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize

Susan B. Devitt National Moot Court Award

Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence

Order of the Barristers

Order of the Coif

Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Transportation and Maritime, 2015, 2016

 

Mr. Chapman is a Member in the Knoxville office whose practice focuses primarily on the defense of local and national transportation companies and commercial motor vehicle drivers, including medical and liability expert retention and discovery, accident investigation and evaluation, and pre-trial, trial, and appellate litigation. He has also worked with multiple motor carriers and transportation companies regarding post-accident protocols and FMCSA compliance.

While in law school, Mr. Chapman served as Coordinator of the University of Tennessee College of Law Pro Bono Project and as a member of the Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee from 2006-07. He was a member of the National Moot Court Team from 2005-06 and 2006-07, which garnered best brief honors at the 2006 Region VII National Moot Court Competition. He was awarded the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence in six law school courses, as well as inducted into the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif. In his third year of law school, Mr. Chapman also received the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize and the Susan B. Devitt National Moot Court Award

Representative Client Work

Defense of transportation companies and commercial motor vehicle drivers with regard to the initial investigation, regulatory issues, expert coordination, and subsequent litigation stemming from tractor trailer and related accidents

Consultation with motor carriers and transportation companies regarding fleet tracking, litigation protocols, and FMCSA compliance

Defense of national manufacturers in claims involving allegedly defective consumer and commercial products

court admissions

Tennessee; US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Professional Affiliations

Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Defense Research Institute - Trucking Law Committee

Publications and Lectures

Mr. Chapman has taught courses at the University of Tennessee College of Law designed to emphasize and develop legal research, presentation, and advocacy in the context of trial and appellate brief writing, as well as discovery and motion practice development. In 2011, he taught an upper-level political science course at Carson Newman College focusing on the constitutional underpinnings of American administrative law and emphasizing case briefing and analysis.

Co-author – “After the Call:” Post-Accident FMCSA and NTSB Inquiries, In Transit, March 2017

Co-author – “You and Me Goin’ Fishin’ in the Dark:” The Tennessee Recreational Use Statute and Incentivizing Conservation, Tennessee Bar Journal, Environmental Law Section, September 2010

Co-author – “ ‘Til Death Do Us (Sometimes) Part:” The New Priority Right to Recover for Wrongful Death in Tennessee, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, September 2011

Co-author – “Grief Coverage:” The Tennessee Supreme Court takes on Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims and Uninsured Motorist Coverage, DICTA Knoxville Bar Journal, November 2012

Presenter – Experts on Reliability (admissibility of CSA scores and post-accident documentation), Trucking Law Committee, DRI Annual Meeting, 2015