Chandler was born in St. Petersburg and grew up in Sarasota, graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School. She graduated, magna cum laude, from George Washington University. While at GW, Chandler interned in the United States House of Representatives, with a political consulting firm, and with a national lobbying firm. Chandler then graduated, cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and Editor of the Tax Symposium. She worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Florida Office of the Attorney General Civil Defense Division, served as a research assistant for Professor Karen Sandrik, and volunteered as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office. While in law school, Chandler was actively involved in The Student Bar Association and Phi Delta Phi Honor Society.
Chandler is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the HCBA’s Young Lawyers Division.