Christopher Chapman

Partner

770-389-4864 MAIN | 770-389-5193 FAX

CCHAPMAN@SMITHWELCHLAW.COM

Practice Areas
Criminal Defense

Law School: John Marshall Law School, JD, 2000
Undergraduate: The Citadel, Bachelor of Science with honors, 1993

Mr. Chapman is a native of Jonesboro, Georgia.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Citadel, with honors, and he received his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.  In addition, he has obtained certifications from both the University of Georgia and Emory University. 

Since 2008, Chris Chapman has mentored numerous new attorneys into the practice of law as an Attorney Mentor, appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court.  His recent honors include being chosen as one of The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” in 2016, and he was recognized as one of the “10 BEST” by American Institute of DUI Attorneys in 2015. 

Mr. Chapman also has the experience of being a former prosecutor, a Magistrate Court Judge for Henry County, and a Municipal Court Judge for multiple jurisdictions.  He has served as a Municipal Court Judge for more than 15 years and is currently Associate Judge for the City of Riverdale. In addition to those duties, he has served 2 terms as 6th District Representative for the Council of Municipal Court Judges and 1 term as the Training Council for the Council of Municipal Court Judges.  Prior to his admission to the bar, Mr. Chapman spent six years in law enforcement and his assignments included the DUI Task Force/ Heat Unit, Serious Accident Investigation Unit and Special Response Team.   During that time, Mr. Chapman obtained a Georgia Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, Instructor Certification, Field Training Officer, and Accident Investigation Certification. He has also received additional professional certifications including Georgia Teaching Certification, National Profession Firefighter Qualification, and Georgia Real Estate Sales License. 

Chris Chapman has also shared his knowledge through a variety of Legal Speaking Appearances including:  Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys in the winter of 2015, Henry County Bar Association Seminar in 2005, the Public Safety Training Institute, and Clayton Regional Police Academy.

Trial
Experience

For over fifteen years, Christopher Chapman has served the judicial system in numerous capacities.  He has represented clients in serious criminal cases at state and federal court, including felony murder cases and death penalty defense.  He has also represented clients in complicated civil and domestic relations matters at all levels of court. He has been lead trial counsel for more than 100 jury trials in the following counties:  Athens-Clarke, Bibb, Butts, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Monroe, Lamar, Paulding, Richmond, Rockdale, Walton, and Upson.

In addition, he has authored appeals for the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Chapman is currently admitted to practice law in Georgia, Kentucky and the District of Columbia and is licensed at all levels of State and Federal Court, including the United States Supreme Court.

Speaking
Appearances
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; Winter Seminar 2015
  • Henry County Bar Association Seminar- Annual Seminar 2005
  • Public Safety Training Institute- 2000- 2005
  • Clayton Regional Police Academy
Admissions
Memberships

Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, United States District Court (Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts), and State Bar of Georgia, Kentucky and Washington D.C. Mr. Chapman served as the 2003 Henry County Bar Association President.

Professional Certifications
and Licenses
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, United States District Court (Northern and Middle Districts), State Bar of Georgia
  • Member of the Southern District Court of Georgia
  • Licensed In Kentucky and Washington DC
    Judicial
    Experience
    • 15+ years experience as a Municipal Court Judge, currently Associate Judge for the City of Riverdale.
    • 3 Years Experience as a Magistrate Court Judge for Henry County.
    • 2 Terms as 6th District representative for the Council of Municipal Court Judges.
    • 1 Term of the Training Council for the Council of Municipal Court Judges.
    Community
    Involvement

    Mr. Chapman is very active in his community. He is a Past President of the Henry County Bar Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the American Association of Trial Lawyers.  He is also active in the Atlanta Lawyers Club, and the American College of Equine Attorneys. In addition to professional organizations, he is a member of numerous social, charitable, genealogical, and fraternal organizations.