History

Chapman and Cowherd, P.C. has been serving north central Missouri communities for well over 100 years, and its history and tradition is rooted in excellent client representation.

Lewis A. Chapman, the firm’s founder, arrived in Livingston County in 1855, and he opened his law practice soon after receiving his law license in 1870. Two of his sons, Nolan and Don, also became lawyers, graduating from the University of Missouri Law School. Nolan Chapman joined the firm in 1913, and Don joined the firm in 1918 after serving in the U.S. Army in France during World War I.

Nolan’s son, Nolan Jr., graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School in 1949 and returned to Chillicothe to join the Chapman firm. Don’s son, Don Jr., joined the firm after serving two years in the U.S. Army.

In 1974, Robert Cowherd joined the firm, and Brent Turner joined the firm in 1983. Tom Chapman, Don Jr.’s son, began his career with the firm in 1991, where he practiced until he took office as Circuit Judge of the 43rd Judicial Circuit in January 2011. Terry Tschannen, who had joined the firm in 1992 and practiced in Brookfield, Missouri, remained with the firm until taking office as Circuit Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit in January 2013.

In September 2012, Trent Miller joined Chapman and Cowherd, P.C. after graduating from University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. Lauren Horsman, a Chillicothe native, joined the firm in June 2015 after practicing several years in Kansas City. Ryan Horsman joined the firm in August 2016 after practicing several years in the private sector and as a criminal prosecutor.

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