William D. Chapman

William D. Chapman

Of Counsel
Irvine, California

WILLIAM D. CHAPMAN is a trial lawyer and Of Counsel with Cadden & Fuller LLP. Mr. Chapman has defended and recovered multimillion dollar jury verdicts and settlements for clients in state and federal courts in California and nationwide. Every year since 2009, Mr. Chapman has been selected to the California Super Lawyers® List.  He has received the designation of "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.

Mr. Chapman was born and raised in Southern California.  Mr. Chapman has tried cases before judges or juries in numerous California State and Federal Courts and the Federal Court 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. His 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. His clients range from very local to as far away as Brazil, Italy and Russia.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Arbitrations
  • Business Fraud
  • Business, General Civil and Contract Litigation
  • Finance Lenders Law
  • Mediations
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional and Product Liability
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Trials
  • Unfair Business Practices
  • Unfair Competition
  • Writs

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2011


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: Dean’s Honor List
    • Honors: Philip C. Jessop International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.S. - 1978
    • Major: Business Management/Finance

Representative Clients

  • Owens Corning
  • Alumax, Inc.
  • Quest Software, Inc.
  • Gnosis, SpA


  • James Park
  • Dave Johnson
  • Michael Krushner
  • Larry Howard


  • W. Lowell Benson Lifetime Service Award, BYU Management Society, Provo, Utah, 2007
  • Presentation, Renaissance Symposium V, Litigation Counsel of America, Telluride, Colorado, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer, SuperLawyers Magazine, 2009 - 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine, 2011 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2011 - 2012
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member, 1981 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Smith, Chapman & Campbell, Founding partner, 2001 - 2010
  • Chapman, Fuller & Bollard, Founding partner, 1997 - 2001
  • Julander, Brown & Bollard, Partner

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member and former board member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 1990 - 1993
  • Member and former chair of the worldwide BYU Management Society, 2003 - 2011
  • AYSO soccer coach
  • Scoutmaster
  • Actively involved in church, community and civic groups in South Orange County


  • Spanish