James W. Chandler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Naples, FL

Law Office of James W. Chandler, P.A.
2671 Airport Road South, Suite 104
Naples, FL 34112-3969
Phone: 239-732-6631
Fax: 239-732-7316
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (20%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%), Family Law (30%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney James W. Chandler is the founder and owner of the Law Office of James W. Chandler, P.A., in Naples, Florida. Nationally ranked as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Chandler has more than 18 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout southwest Florida who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Criminal defense

· Family law and divorce

· Juvenile dependency and delinquency

· Mediation and arbitration

Having once served as a prosecutor with the Collier County State Attorney's Office, Mr. Chandler has invaluable insight into the criminal court system from both sides, enabling him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. He also holds his certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a family law, appellate, circuit civil, and county court mediator and qualified arbitrator, and he accepted an appointment to serve as mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Chandler has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for his clients both inside and outside of the courtroom, and he has earned numerous top rankings and endorsements from his peers. Among his most notable accolades, he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received the organization's Silver Client Champion Award (2020 & 2021). Moreover, Naples Illustrated voted him among Naples Top Lawyers in 2019, and he has received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo.

A 2000 graduate of West Virginia University, Mr. Chandler obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002 from the University of Denver College of Law. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; the District of Colorado; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Mr. Chandler has also served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he is an active member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Collier and Lee County Bar Associations, and the Michael R.N. McDonnell American Inns of Court, among his other professional affiliations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 30%Family Law
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Arbitration, Mediation, Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018

About James W. Chandler

Admitted: 2004, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.jameswchandler.com/about-law-office-of-james-w-c...

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section
  • The Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Qualified as an Arbitrator, 2019
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator, 2020
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a County Court Mediator, 2019
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Appellate Mediator, 2019
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator, 2019
  • Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - President, 2014
  • Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Vice-President, 2013
  • Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Treasurer, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2009
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • Collier County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • MIchael R.N. McDonnell American Inns of Court, 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • State of Florida, 2004
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2004
  • State of Colorado, 2004

Educational Background

  • West Virginia University, Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • In a program sponsored by the Florida Bar I have spoken to several civic organizations regarding the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission that comes about every twenty years., Speaker, The Constitutional Revision Commission and You, The Florida Bar, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2019
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2020
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2018
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2017
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2016
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2015
  • Collier County Teen Court Volunteer, 2014
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2013
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2012
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2011
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2010
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2009
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2008
  • Collier County Teen Court, 2007

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator, 2020
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a County Court Mediator, 2019
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator, 2019
  • Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Appellate Mediator, 2019
  • Arbitrator, 2019

Videos

Honors/Awards

  • 2021, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • 2020, Florida SuperLawyers, Florida SuperLawyers, 2020
  • 2021, Silver Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • 2020, Silver Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • 2019, Naples Top Lawyers 2019, Naples Illustrated, 2019
  • 2020, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • 2019, Florida SuperLawyers, Florida SuperLawyers, 2019
  • 2019, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • 2018, Florida Rising Stars, Florida SuperLawyers, 2018
  • 2017, Florida Rising Stars, Florida SuperLawyers, 2017
  • 2016, Florida Rising Stars, Florda SuperLawyers, 2016
  • 2015, Florida Rising Stars, Florida SuperLawyers, 2015
  • 2014, Florida Rising Stars, Florida SuperLawyers, 2014
  • 2013, Florida Rising Stars, Florida SuperLawyers, 2013

Industry Groups

  • Collier County Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (President 2014-2015)
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lee County Bar Association

Comments

  • “ James is an excellent attorney, I'd like to see him as a judge some day.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for James W. Chandler

2671 Airport Road South
Suite 104
Naples, FL 34112-3969

Phone: 239-732-6631

Fax: 239-732-7316

Last Updated: 2/26/2021

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