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Darryl M. Chatman

Of Counsel

Spencer Fane attorney Darryl Chatman

T 314.333.3902
F 314.862.4656

Darryl Chatman, a business litigation attorney, helps clients successfully navigate a myriad of governmental policies and regulations affecting their businesses. His extensive experience in both the public and private sectors allows him to anticipate roadblocks and shape legal strategies that enhance clients’ overall business goals.

Darryl concentrates his practice on life sciences and agriculture law. As a litigator he also assists businesses, banks, public utilities and insurance companies in resolving legal disputes and regulatory issues. Commercial contracts, easements, environmental contamination, non-compete agreements, ERISA, condemnation actions and personal injury actions are among the many areas he addresses and handles for clients. He’s represented clients in all types of employment and commercial disputes as well.

Agriculture has been a focus throughout Darryl’s career, from his days as graduate-school biotech researcher to his most recent stint as general counsel for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. His accomplishments have garnered him numerous awards in the field of agriculture and in the law profession, including the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award and the University of Missouri School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award.

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.