Equine Law Group’s founding member Avery S. Chapman has practiced law for over 26 years. Equine Law Group is located in the heart of the Palm Beach equestrian world in Wellington, FL, although, Avery practices equine law nationally and internationally.
Equine Law Group is comprised solely of experienced equestrians and addresses fraud claims, equine contract, sales and commissions disputes, USEF and AQHA violations and disciplinary hearings, equine activity statutes and negligence claims, equine business entity selection, formation and transactions, equine employment issues, equine insurance coverage disputes, equine liens, officer and director liability and corporate governance both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, agricultural property tax exemptions, tax issues involving equine businesses, veterinarian representation and real estate, zoning and land use issues. As a litigator, Avery possesses extensive first chair trial experience. He publishes articles frequently on areas of equine law.
Avery is the Founding Chair of the Florida Bar Equine Law Committee and one of the initial members of the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, where he was Vice Chair. Avery provides legal counsel to the United States Polo Association, a national 501(c)(6) charitable organization with a $120 Million endowment. He has been a member of its Board of Governors for multiple terms and is Vice-Chair of its Constitution Committee, Chair of its Lending SubCommittee and a member of its Finance, Equine Welfare, and Safety Committees. Furthermore, he has served on the Equine Welfare and Safety Committees for over 10 years.
Avery is a recipient of the 2015 American Bar Association Outstanding Services Award for his pro bono service to military families. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2015 Palm Beach Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for his service to the elderly. Finally, Avery is also a member of the Professionalism Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.