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David Terrell Chapman

Litigation Attorney at San Rafael, CA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Chapman Law Group, A.P.C., David T. Chapman

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Trial Lawyer; State & Federal Court.

    20 years, 90 cases

  2. Business
    Business Counseling; Compliance; Corporate Formation; LLC & Partnership Disputes; Commercial Litigation; Employment; Transactional; Contract Drafting and Negotiation; Corporate Law.

    24 years, 90 cases

  3. Real estate
    Commercial and residential real estate transactions and general litigation matters, including: Purchase and sale agreements; Bulk sale escrow transfers; Common interest developments; Homeowners' associations; Condominium associations; Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions (CC&Rs); Davis Stirling Act; Title and deeds; Unpermitted improvements; Nuisance and injunctive relief; Leases; Landlord - Tenant; Neighbor & boundary disputes; Easements; Zoning; Land Use; Riparian rights; Variance.

    20 years, 200 cases

  4. Mediation
    The Firm encourages early settlement and alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration to avoid the time, stress, and costs of litigation.

  5. Personal injury
    Automobile Accidents; Wrongful Death; Catastrophic Injury; Brain & Spine Injuries; Dog Bites; Slip & Fall; Elder Abuse; Slander; Defamation; False Light; Emotional Distress.

    12 years, 70 cases

The San Rafael based Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. serves clients in Marin County, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout California.  The firm handles residential and commercial real estate matters, general litigation, business law, personal injury, contract drafting and negotiation, breach of contract, land use, zoning, and environmental law.  
Attorney David Chapman provides outside general counsel services to businesses large and small, and represents individuals and professionals seeking cost effective legal solutions.  The law firm provides legal advice and advocacy in a wide array of civil law.  
We focus on working closely with clients to carefully manage risk in order to obtain practical results.  The top priority of our practice is understanding and servicing client needs.
The firm handles high-stakes litigation before state and federal courts through trials and appeals, and provides legal advice in regulatory matters before administrative agencies.  
The firm has experience with a wide range of industries including chemical, oil & gas, biotechnology, commercial and residential real estate, property management, hi-tech, medicine, and insurance.  We represent clients on a variety of investment, contract, corporate, medical, employment, personal injury, public entity, and municipality cases.

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Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.
950 Northgate Drive
Suite 306
San Rafael, CA, 94903


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Veronica | September 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant, cool attorney
I really liked his level of clarity, his generosity, his easy going demeanor. Will definitely reach back out to utilize his services in the near future.
Posted by J.Chan | July 22, 2015
Great Lawyer. Very responsible and knowledgeable!
I recommend David Chapman. I hired David a couple of years ago to help me resolve a debt dispute. David handled my Contracts & Agreements matter. Mr. Chapman created a solid, detailed settlement agreement and facilitated in the negotiation of terms between myself and the creditor. He did this effortlessly, met all deadlines, and even surprised me with how quickly we were able to reach a favorable settlement. Mr. Chapman's professional demeanor, honesty, and understanding of the law made me feel at peace when hiring an attorney and I look forward to working with him in the future.
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Posted by robert | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I wish all lawyers were like David!
It is an absolute pleasure to write this review about David Chapman. He is a genuine human being, - understanding, down to earth and cares about other people. Even beyond that, he is an excellent attorney who will do what it takes to protect your rights and help you with any legal issue you may have. I was referred to David because I was facing an illegal eviction from a care facility for the elderly. I called dozens of lawyers and not one felt it lucrative enough to defend me. But not David, he patiently listened to all the details of my case, even asked me to send him the relevant papers to take a quick look at without even charging me, He also suggested a possible strategy to deal with the problem. All I can say is I wish all lawyers were like David. I was extrememly fortunate to find him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Asbestos/Black Mold HMO/Insurance denied claim
I would highly recommend David Chapman. He is very knowledgeable and quickly grasped the complicated Real Estate/Insurance/Homeowner's association situation I was not able to deal with. I had an attorney and was looking for one in San Mateo. Yelp got me to David. Although out of the area, he was a blessing. He was able to break things down...and knew what I needed to get to him for him to make good legal recommendations. Which had not been done by my prior attorney. David is persistent, persuasive, and perceptive. He was patient working with me (a senior) and I consider him a RE/Attorney angel!
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Posted by Sarah | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Thorough Attorney
I hired David after a local company threatened to report me to a credit agency for allegedly failing to pay penalties related to canceling my membership. David drafted a really strong cease and desist letter and threatened to sue the company. I am happy to say that the company did not report me to the credit agency and never bothered me after that. I recommend this lawyer and would hire him again.
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  • Contingency 33%-43%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney at Law (Owner)
  • Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Edgcomb Law Group
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Office of William E. Boyd
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dummit, Faber & Briegleb
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • California Supreme Court
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Perez v. Seafood Peddler, et al.


  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • AM-JUR award, Constitutional Law II.
  • American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Witney
  • 1998
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 1998


Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
Endorse David
Litigation Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As an attorney, I worked with David in several matters including in defending multiple parties prosecuted by the U.S. Dept. of Labor at U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California before The Honorable William H. Orrick. There, we successfully prevented prosecutors from obtaining substantial damages when two of our three individual defendants were found not liable by the jury despite the considerable and costly efforts of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. David works hard for his clients. He’s a strong writer and thinker. If you are considering hiring an attorney, I recommend you speak with David about your legal issue today."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is one of the sharpest lawyers I've had the pleasure of knowing. Tough, but fair...extremely thorough...would have loved to have him on my side!"
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is very sharp, quick witted and a pleasure to work with. He has tremendous attention to detail and asks all the right questions to get to the heart of the matter. I would say he is intuitive in that regard. I also know that he is versed in other areas of law (land use, employment etc) - kind of a jack of all law trades. I highly recommend him as an attorney or a consultant."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very effective lawyer and will do all in he can to bring his client effective results. I endorse David."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Chapman. He is bright, professional, and well spoken. He is an attorney that I would prefer to have on my side."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a hard working, intelligent, and diligent attorney who gives his all for his clients. His litigation work product is top notch. I have worked with David as co-counsel on a number of cases where his depth of litigation skills and his substantial experience dramatically improved the position of our clients' cases. I highly recommend him."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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