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Basil Thomas Chapman

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Guardianship, Adoption, Appeals

About Me

As a civil litigation attorney for over 32 years, I believe it is always preferable to find practical resolution and settle family law disputes to minimize litigation costs as well as attorney fees.  However, when one of the parties is unreasonable, I use my experience from many intensely litigated cases (both family law, civil trials and appeals) to get clients the best possible outcome in court.  My career core values are integrity and professional competence.


Also admitted to practice in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, the United States District Court for Southern District of California, the United States District Court for Central Districtt of California


 


Community Involvement


Coachella Valley High School - Worked with 4th DCA Chief Justice Manuel Ramirez and Assoc. Justice Douglas Miller in presenting County's first actual, real-life appellate oral arguments heard outside a courthouse, bringing awareness to the legal system to underprivileged school children  (2002)


Desert Bar Association's annual presenter Elder Law Day, Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs, CA  (1993-1995)


Desert Bar Association's presenter at Annual Law Day at Palm Springs High School (1995 to2000)


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Family: 40%
    26 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    26 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    30 years
  4. Adoption: 10%
    3 years
  5. Guardianship: 10%
    3 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($400-450/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Thurman Wesley Arnold III

    I've opposed and worked with Basil Chapman many times over the past 20 or 30 years. He is a skilled and knowledgeable family law and divorce attorney!

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    Thurman Arnold Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Helene Patrice-Dreyer Koch

    Intelligent, ethical and great in a fight!

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    Helene Koch Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Law Offices of Basil Chapman

74-900 Highway 111
Suite 122
Indian Wells, CA, 92210

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198205/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Lawyers - Family LawPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Top Rated Lawyers in Southern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top AttorneysLos Angeles Magazine2014
Top Lawyers - Family LawPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Top Lawyers - Family LawPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Top Lawyers - Family LawPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Certificate of Recognition for Leadership in the Legal CommunityCalifornia State Legislature2003
American Jurisprudence - RemediesThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1981
American Jurisprudence - Community PropertyThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1981
American Jurisprudence - Conflict of LawsThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1981
American Jurisprudence - Family LawThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1980
American Jurisprudence Award - Civil ProcedureThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1980
American Jurisprudence - Constitutional LawThe Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company/Bancroft Whitney Co.1980

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Basil Chapman, A Professional Law Corporation1998 - Present
Judge Pro-TemporeRiverside County Superior Court1991 - 1997
PartnerBest Best & Krieger, Attorneys At Law1985 - 1998
AttorneyWood Lucksinger & Epstein1982 - 1985

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Desert Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMemberN/A
Desert Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
National Association of Distinguished CounselMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Motel 6 v. Bwy100% victory with $500,000+ attorney fee award ag. defendant
Escrow Connection v. Haas (1987) 189 Cal. App. 3d 1640 [235 Cal. Rptr. 200]Precedent setting 100% victory for plaintiff creditor, published opinion annotated to the Uniform Commercial Code

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Desert Bar Association BulletinIs Zealous Advocacy Dead?2002
California Western Law ReviewKeener v. Municipal Court, Should a Discretionary Reduction Require a Mandatory Dismissal?1981

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude1981
Rutgers UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors1976

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California State Bar ConventionCurrent Issues in Family Law2003
DBA Annual Law Day at Palm Springs HSRole of Lawyers in American Society2000
Quarterly ConferenceJury Selection1999
DBA Annual Law Day at Palm Springs HSLaw and Democratic Societies1999
DBA Annual Law DayWhat About Law?1998
DBA Annual Law DayA Society without Laws1997
Annual Elder Law Day - Mizell Senior CenterRecent Legal Issues Facing Senior Citizens1995
Keynote SpeakerTrial Preparation1987