Attorney Carl Chapman is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense and thrives in the courtroom. He served as second-chair in the Atlanta Public Schools ("APS") cheating scandal which was a racketeering ("RICO") prosecution that resulted in the longest, most expensive trial in Georgia history. Within two weeks of obtaining his license, he won his first trial as lead counsel and never looked back. He has handled hundreds of cases and always shows up ready for trial.
Carl provides the highest quality representation to every client, and his knowledge of case law and passion for criminal defense is unmatched. He truly believes every case is winnable. Therefore, he prepares every case for trial. He believes in honest and open communication because trust is the foundation of a positive attorney-client relationship.
Carl is originally from Warren County and attended Briarwood Academy where he graduated as Valedictorian and Star Student in 2008. He graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Fraud and Forensic Accounting. He continued his education at Georgia State University College of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2015.
During law school, Carl focused his studies on advanced litigation techniques and complex evidentiary issues. He coupled those studies with real world application and gained invaluable courtroom experience with some of the most well-respected attorneys in Georgia. He interned with Peters, Rubin, & Sheffield, P.C., in Decatur, Georgia where he had the opportunity to work on the APS case which, as previously mentioned, was the longest, most expensive trial in Georgia history. He also interned with the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, Georgia which represents indigent defendants in the Northern District of Georgia. During that time, he assisted with the research and drafting of appellate briefs for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining the Don Turner Legal Team, Carl owned his own small boutique firm specializing in criminal defense in both federal and state courts throughout Georgia. Carl also spent the first three years of his career working for the Law Offices of W. Scott Smith in Atlanta, Georgia which is recognized as one of the top criminal defense firms in the state. In his three years with the firm, he gained valuable experience from being in the courtroom daily and handling a wide variety of criminal offenses. Carl will work to shoulder the burden of your charges. Remember, your charges do not define you, and Carl along with the rest of the Don Turner Legal Team will work with you to ensure that you receive the best result possible.
J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
B.A., Georgia Southern University