The firm focuses on early settlement and alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration to avoid the costs of litigation.  Some cases are worth taking to trial, others are not. We work closely with clients to assess the risks and benefits of each case. Where litigation is necessary, we fight aggressively to protect our client’s rights through trial and appeals.

A Focus on Early Settlement and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Full Service Law Firm Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
About Chapman Law Group

Avvo – Excellent Rated Attorney

Certified Mediator. Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business, and Consumer Protection.

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.

Our work

Real Estate

Real Estate Law

Personal Injury

Personal Injury Lawyer

Trust & Elder Abuse Litigation

Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Law

Business Law
Our team

David T. Chapman, CEO

CEO of Chapman Law Group

CEO / Head Attorney David Chapman, Esq. represents clients in high-stakes litigation before state and federal courts, and provides legal advice in regulatory matters before administrative agencies.

Mr. Chapman has experience with a wide range of industries including chemical, oil & gas, biotechnology, commercial real estate, hi-tech, medicine,
and insurance. He has represented clients on a variety of contract, consumer, corporate, medical, employment, environmental, personal injury, public
entity and municipality cases.

During law school, Mr. Chapman was a member of the Santa Clara Law Review, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joyce L. Kennard, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. As a practicing attorney, he served as a law clerk for Justice Kennard.


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1999)
B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley (1991)

American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award, 1998
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 1988
Awarded for excellent achievement in the study of Constitutional Law II

Mr. Chapman is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.
He is admitted to practice before the following courts:

    • California Supreme Court and all state courts throughout California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California



  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Marin County Bar Association

Natalia E. Thurston, J.D., M.B.A

Senior Attorney

Senior Attorney Natalia E. Thurston, Esq. has extensive experience representing business clients in transactional and commercial litigation matters in state courts across California.  Prior to joining Chapman Law Group, A.P.C., Natalia founded and served as Managing Attorney of Thurston Law Firm, a business transactional and litigation firm serving California business clients in commercial real estate, retail, food and beverage, manufacturing, commercial cannabis, and entertainment/media sectors.

Since 2010, Natalia has vigorously represented businesses in complex litigation matters of first impression involving zoning, land use, regulatory, and anti-trust issues.  Natalia has helped numerous clients launch successful businesses by providing legal counsel involving entity formation, commercial real estate, business contracts, ownership structure, corporate governance, licensing, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and employment law.





J.D., Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

  • Production Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • Publication: Buyer Beware: The Unexpected Consequences of the Visual Artists Rights Act, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 701 (2005)
  • Jurisprudence Award for Small Business Counseling Practicum
  • Research Assistant, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
  • Consultant, Economic Development Unit, East Bay Community Law Center

M.B.A., San Francisco State University, 2001

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1994

Member of the California State Bar, License No. 262681

Denise Carruth, B.A.

Senior Paralegal

Senior Paralegal Denise Carruth was raised in Alameda County, California. She has worked in the legal field for over 30 years and has extensive litigation and jury trial experience. After obtaining her paralegal credentials through American River College, she formed an independent paralegal business in 1995 offering legal document preparation services to pro se litigants for divorce, custody, bankruptcy, and estate planning. She has worked for various reputable firms throughout Northern California specializing in complex civil litigation involving mass toxic-tort groundwater contamination matters caused by TCP, DBCP, VOC, TCE, PCE, and MTBE chemical exposure, as well as other highly litigated civil actions including residential and commercial real estate transactions, product and premises liability, domestic violence, family law, and estate planning. Ms. Carruth is also a registered Legal Document Assistant, a certified life coach for victims of domestic violence, careers, and family addiction, as well as an active member of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) and the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She considers herself lucky to have worked in the legal field for all these years and for the opportunity to assist the public with their legal proceedings.

In her free time, Ms. Carruth enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and any other activity that allows her to spend time with her family.

Jordan Killen, B.A.


Paralegal Jordan Killen joined Chapman Law Group in February 2020. Mr. Killen grew up in Marin County, California and received his B.A. in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College in 2017, graduating with highest academic honors. He has worked in various fields, including International Administration, Environmental Policy, and Behavioral Health. Mr. Killen is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French, and has traveled and worked in over 30 different countries. He considers himself very fortunate to have seen so much of the world.

In his free time, Mr. Killen enjoys swimming, hiking, and reading science fiction.

Ryan Mirdadian, Jr.

Junior Paralegal

Junior Paralegal Ryan Mirdadian, Jr. joined Chapman Law Group in April 2023.
His profile is coming up soon.


Mary Owens, B.A.

Law Clerk

Law Clerk Mary Owens joined Chapman Law Group in September 2021. Ms. Owens grew up in Los Angeles, California.  She studied Liberal Arts and Sciences at Los Angeles Valley College and College of Marin, where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She brings many years of multifaceted legal experience gained from her work in diverse law firm environments in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Marin County. Her Los Angeles experience includes a 10-year association with the law firm of Corinblit & Seltzer, where she worked on the notable cases of ZZZZ Best and Equity Funding securities fraud litigations.  Her San Francisco work experience consists of work with the mid‑size law firm of Nossaman Guthner Knox and Elliot (now Nossaman LLP) and 9 years with Brown & Wood (which in 2001 merged with Sidley Austin to become Sidley Austin Brown & Wood), a firm of over 200 attorneys.

In her free time, Ms. Owens enjoys gardening, sprouting, cooking and baking.


Office/HR Manager

Office and HR Manager Svetlana Lolua joined Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. in May 2022 after her long career in the dental field. While working for small companies, Svetlana developed her core competencies in integrating business systems and running seamless office operations. Having a keen interest in the legal field, she earned her Paralegal Certificate from CCSF where she joined the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Svetlana continued her education at SFSU where she earned her B.S. in International Business, and B.A. in Criminal Justice. Graduating in the top 6 percent of her Business Class, Svetlana received a life membership at the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Through her professional experience, Svetlana has evolved as an expert and a champion for change in human resource management. She is a proud member of NCHRA, and SHRM, having held her SHRM-SCP certification since 2016. Raised in Kiev (Ukraine), she is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.

Svetlana spends most of her spare time following the news, learning about wellness and science discoveries, watching movies, documentaries, and National Geographic. She absolutely adores dogs and cats. Svetlana likes practicing pencil drawing, navigating through Wondrium, and reading Sedaris for positivity boosts. Above all, she loves spending time with her family and cannot imagine her life without her twin sister.

Seiko Nozaki, B.A.

Director of Administration/Controller

Seiko Nozaki, Director of Administration/Controller, began working at the firm as Office Administrator in 2012. Over the past 10 years, she has helped David grow this business from the start by providing customer support, handling all administrative and client billing matters, and finding the best technological solutions to address business demands. Seiko takes pride in developing trusting and positive relationships with our clients and is determined to attract the best professional talent to achieve this aim. Seiko’s extensive background as a graphic designer has helped her master a variety of legal applications and project management platforms to support our firm’s operations. As a leader, she pours her creative mind into addressing diverse business challenges and fosters a highly productive and inclusive work environment. In her current position, Seiko oversees the firm’s financial sustainability, plays a critical role in supporting business development, and ensures operational excellence.

Originally from Yokohama (Japan), and a graduate of Economics from Community College in Tokyo, Seiko worked for many years at a major insurance company in Japan before coming to the United States. Landing in San Francisco in 1996, Seiko followed her passion for Graphic Design by earning a B.A. degree from the prestigious Academy of Art College. Thereafter, Seiko led a successful career working with leading Bay Area graphic design enterprises. Successful projects have included Levi’s, Design Within Reach, and Soma Magazine. Embracing a community-oriented mindset, Seiko has led both Design and Marketing departments for various advertisers and magazine publishers in the Bay Area. By working with innovative and established enterprises, Seiko has acquired a strong business acumen and a deep appreciation for working with diverse teams.

Seiko is happily married and has two talented teenagers. More than anything, she loves spending time traveling with her family, gardening, and walking with the family dog. In addition to having a green thumb, Seiko continuously uses her creative mind to improve the home and office ambiance. She also enjoys playing piano.


What we can offer you

Real Estate Law

Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. handles commercial and residential real estate transactions and general litigation matters on behalf of homeowners, landlords, tenants, and businesses in Marin County, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This firm is familiar with common interest developments, the Brown Act, and the Davis Stirling Act. 

Personal Injury Attorney

Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. aggressively prosecutes personal injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us for a consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, car accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, or accidents caused by drunk or impaired drivers. We handle cases involving catastrophic injuries, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn injuries, fractures, amputations, and injuries to children. If we agree to take your case on contingency, we don’t get paid until you win.…

Business Attorney

Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. handles all phases of commercial law from business transactions to litigation, including review, drafting, and negotiating a variety of agreements and legal documents.  

Contact us

Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.

950 Northgate Drive, Suite 306

San Rafael, CA 94903

phone: (415) 613-9483

fax: (415) 480-6703

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What they say about us

David came to my rescue in a time of need and successfully negotiated a great agreement with the challenging County of Marin. David is an expert in real estate law, creates super persuasive arguments under the law, and is a great pleasure to work with under difficult circumstances. David really cares and jumps over the moon for his clients.

Jude C. 4/4/2018 – 5 Stars on Yelp

For the past year, David has been representing my wife and I in litigation associated with a real estate matter. Through David’s outstanding efforts in guiding us through the legal processes and negotiations, we were able to arrive at a satisfactory settlement with the other party. This was done while we resided is a different state than where the property was located in California. Through his diligence, expertise and knowledge, and dedication, he maintained contact with us throughout the entire time frame. Two-way dialog and communications were critical to the outcome. This was the first time we ever had to use an attorney to deal with a critical matter and by selecting David was the best decision we made. A job well done!

Charles P. 2/28/2018 – 5 Stars on Yelp

David is undoubtedly one of the most competent and professional attorneys in the Bay Area. He will answer your questions promptly and exhaustively. One of his best qualities is his genuineness. He truly cares about his clients’ issues and will do whatever it takes to solve them.  As a student, I was very lucky to meet David and thank him for his wise advices on personal issues that I was dealing with a few weeks ago. You should give him a call and see how fast he can address your concerns. Overall, David is an excellent attorney with very reasonable fees. Thank you very much David!

Niels R. 5/30/2017 – 5 Stars on Yelp


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