Meet the Attorney

M.D. (Chip) Purcell, Jr.

Chip Purcell, an esteemed attorney, stands as an accomplished trial lawyer with a distinguished reputation among his peers. In State and Federal Courts throughout the Tampa Bay area, he is known for his effective legal representation, negotiating skills, and successful trial work. He navigates the complexities of the legal arena with finesse and determination, both in the criminal and civil courts. Mr. Purcell's courtroom prowess is a testament to his years of dedicated practice and unwavering commitment to his clients. His strategic acumen coupled with his deep knowledge and understanding of the law allows him to craft compelling arguments that resonate with judges and juries alike. Beyond his legal expertise, Mr. Purcell's integrity and professionalism contribute to the high regard in which he is held by fellow attorneys. His track record of success in the courtroom speaks volumes about his proficiency and dedication making him a go-to advocate for those seeking a stalwart defender in legal matters.

Chip is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A., 1983) and received his law degree from Oklahoma City University, College of Law in 1988, where he was a member of the ATLA National Finalist Moot Court Team. In 1988, he was admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar and the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma. In 1989, he was admitted to the Florida State Bar and the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. In 2014, he was admitted to the Georgia State Bar. He is also a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Western District of Oklahoma, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Upon graduation from law school, Chip was appointed Assistant State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida where he gained extensive trial experience. He was later appointed Division Chief. He prosecuted cases including fraud and other financial crimes, capital sexual battery, child abuse, and other serious felony offenses. He has handled all levels of Misdemeanor and Felony cases including complex white collar offenses and capital offenses. Chip also worked with the United States Attorney in Oklahoma City working with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and on other Federal felony matters.

Since 1993, Chip has represented clients in many complex legal matters including civil and commercial litigation, medical malpractice, administrative and professional licensure actions, construction law, securities fraud and personal injury. He has also vigorously defended clients in all areas of criminal defense including misdemeanors, sex offences, drug offences, assault and battery, theft, forgery, firearms and weapons offences, and more. He has tried a wide range of cases in front of juries in state and federal courts.

Chip has lectured across the country on criminal trial procedure, constitutional law, construction lien laws, and the Stand Your Ground law. He is a member of The Florida Bar (member Trial Lawyers), the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association, The Oklahoma Bar, and the Georgia Bar. He has also served as a board member for many state and local charities, and he is a member of Creekside Church in Lutz, Florida.

Attorney Purcell and his staff are equipped to handle legal matters from complex, document intensive cases to more routine matters.   Thorough knowledge of both state and federal laws and procedures is important to ensure that your rights are protected and that you get the results you deserve.  Experience in the courtroom is imperative.  You need a lawyer who is prepared for the courtroom and has the right mix of experience and analytical skills to get you through difficult legal issues.


Areas of Practice

   Administrative Law


   Civil Litigation

   Criminal Law

   Commercial Litigation


   Healthcare Compliance

   Medical Malpractice

   Professional Licensure

Sex Crimes Defense

   White Collar Defense

Law Offices of MD Purcell, Jr.

Chip PurcellAttorney in Tampa, Florida

Serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties

777 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 320

​Tampa, Florida  33602