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Darryl M. Chatman

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Spencer Fane attorney Darryl Chatman

T 314.333.3902
F 314.862.4656

The former deputy director and general counsel of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Darryl Chatman has a unique background that he brings to bear in his legal representation of businesses in animal health, life sciences and agricultural issues; government relations; general commercial and employment matters. Darryl provides both legal advice and litigation services to his clients.

Animal Health, Life Sciences and Agriculture Law – Darryl, an experienced lawyer with advanced degrees in agriculture economics, animal science and public administration, focuses on growing agribusiness and developing markets for agriculture products. He primarily assists agriculture commodity groups, farmers, ranchers, alternative fuel industries and biotech start-up companies with a wide range of corporate legal services that include contracts, compliance, business formation, funding, and insurance.

Commercial and Real Estate Litigation – Darryl counsels banks, businesses and insurance companies of all sizes. Most of his cases involve various types of contract disputes. His experience also extends to litigation specific to the food and agricultural industry. He also handles cases involving noncompete agreements and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

In addition to his legal practice, Darryl served as the executive director of the Missouri Agricultural Foundation, which supports projects that promote sound agricultural practices, growth in agribusiness and agritourism, international agricultural exports, urban agriculture, food safety, farm safety practices, youth development and education.

Additionally, Darryl was recently appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators and currently serves as vice chair of the board.

Presentations and Publications

  • Co-author, “Explaining Estate Planning”, Missouri Soybean Farmer, October 2016
  • Co-author, “Community Entrepreneurial Climate: An Analysis of Small Business Owners’ Perspectives in 12 Small Towns in Missouri, USA”, Journal of Rural and Community Development, 2008
  • Co-author, “Non-Compete Agreements in the Health Care Profession Upheld”, Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, September/October 2007
  • Author, “RegulatoryTakings: The Supreme Court Eliminates the Substantially Advances Test from Takings Jurisprudence”, Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, 2007
  • Co-author, “Thermoregulatory Response of Dairy Cows Fed Ergotized Barley During Summer Heat Stress”, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 2003
  • Host, Growing Missouri Agriculture: Local, State and International Perspectives, featuring Richard Fordyce, former Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, February 2017
  • Keynote speaker, University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Graduation, December 2016
  • St. Louis Agribusiness Club, September 2016
  • Life Sciences Quest, July, 2016
  • Missouri Livestock Symposium, December 2016
  • Tweedie Ag Business Forum, November 2015
  • Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences Regional Meeting, October 2015
  • Missouri Dairy Fieldman & Sanitation Associations Annual Meeting, October 2015
  • Morgan County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • PBS “Show Me Ag” program, July 2015
  • Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, Emerging Leaders Conference, June 2015
  • American Association of Seed Control Officials, July 2015
  • Missouri Pork Producers Association, June 2015
  • Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers Appreciation Luncheon, January 2015
  • Missouri Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting, January 2015

Community Involvement

  • University of Missouri System Board of Curators, 2017-present
  • St. Louis Science Center Board of Trustees, 2016
  • St. Louis Agribusiness Club Board of Directors, 2016
  • Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Council, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2007-present
  • Missouri Agricultural Foundation, Executive Director, 2015-2017
  • Search Committee, University of Missouri Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016-2017
  • Search Committee, University of Missouri Athletic Director, 2016
  • St. Louis Workforce Investment Board, Executive Committee, 2008-2014
  • Annie Malone Foundation Board Member, 2003-2009


  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • University of Missouri School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award, 2017
  • University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Citation of Merit Award, 2017
  • Young Professional Network Leadership 100, 2016
  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2016
  • Missouri Department of Agriculture Distinguished Service Award, 2015
  • Lawyers of Color Hot List, 2014
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming” Award, 2012
  • University of Missouri Law School Order of the Barristers, 2008
  • University of Missouri Law School Roscoe Anderson Award for Excellence in Advocacy, 2008
  • University of Missouri Law School’s Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, Note and Comment Editor, 2007-2008
  • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, 2007-2008
  • George Washington Carver Fellowship, 2004-2006
  • Minority Biomedical Research Training Initiative Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Full Scholarship Student-Athlete in Football, University of Missouri, 1992-1996

Contact Darryl Chatman at 314.333.3902 or dchatman@spencerfane.com.