William D. Chapman has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Editions from 2009 to the present. He has a peer reviewed rating of "Preeminent AV" highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards for 20+ consecutive years by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been designated a "Fellow," by the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers who are selected by invitation only, based upon excellence, accomplishment, and superior ethical reputation at the trial and appellate levels.
WILLIAM D. CHAPMAN has successfully defended and recovered multimillion dollar jury verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for clients in state and federal courts throughout California. Recently, he was on a trial team that won a $22 million arbitration award and $4 million attorney's fees award. In
Mr. Chapman has tried cases before judges and juries in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, California in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Chapman has appeared before the California Courts of Appeal, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Ninth Circuit and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has represented a wide range of businesses of all sizes and entity types, in industries including real estate, business finance, nutraceuticals, computer software, building insulation products, self-insurance groups, automobile dealerships, distributorships, raw materials suppliers, etc.
Mr. Chapman's clients have included Fortune 500 companies as well as startup businesses. He has represented individuals who have suffered injuries from accidents involving automobiles, boats, gym equipment, insurance bad faith, etc. Clients have come to him from the Southern California area and as far away as Brazil, Italy and Russia.
Mr. Chapman is the Past Worldwide Chair, BYU Management Society, Regional Chair, BYU Management Society, Founder, Past Chapter Chair, South County Management Society, Former Chapter Chair, Orange County Management Association, Former Board Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Orange County Chapter.
Having grown up in Southern California, Mr. Chapman has been married for over 30 years, has 4 children and one grandchild. He is an avid surfer, trail runner and loves to be in the out-of-doors. He has run 2 marathons, climbed (with cables) to the top of Half Dome 4 times, completed two 50 mile backpacking trips in the High Sierras and camped and backpacked all over the Western United States.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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I have worked for Bill Chapman for nearly all of my 21 years as a lawyer. Bill is not only one of the best legal minds I have worked with, he is also one of the most honest, ethical and considerate attorneys I have ever dealt with. He truly cares about his clients and their concerns. It is a pleasure working for him; that's why I have stayed with him for so long.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Southern California Super Lawyers 2016 - OC Edition||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Southern California Super Lawyers 2015 - OC Edition||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers 2014 - OC Edition||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers 2013 - OC Edition||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers 2012 - OC Edition||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|W. Lowell Benson Lifetime Achievement Award||BYU Management Society||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Top Attornys of Southern California||Los Angeles Magazine||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Partner||Cadden & Fuller, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Julander, Brown & Bollard||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Smith, Chapman & Campbell||2001 - 2010|
|Partner||Peterson & Chapman||1997 - 2001|
|Partner||Chapman, Fuller & Bollard||1987 - 1997|
|Associate||Callahan & Associates||1985 - 1987|
|Associate||Ure & Shupe||1981 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Fellow||2012 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1981 - Present|
|Chicony Power Technology Company, Limited v. Comarco, Inc.||Verdict in favor of Comarco in the net amount of $9.7 million.|
|Bostick vs. Flex Equipment Company, Inc.||$16,274,966 jury verdict in favor of Mr. Chapman's client|
|Continental Casualty Company vs. O.M. Insulation||Defense jury verdict in favor of Mr. Chapman's client|
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|Leader's Product Liability Law and Strategy||"No Longer Willing to Settle, Firm Tries Novel Defense"||1995|
|Pepperdine University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Brigham Young University||Business Management||BS - Bachelor of Science||1978|
|Renaissance V||"How to Cross-Examine World Class Experts"||2012|
|Monthly Breakfast Meeting||"The Economic, Legal and Moral Advantages of Telling the Truth in Every Aspect of our Lives"||2011|
|BYU Management Society Annual Leadership Conference||Moral and Ethical Leadership||2011|