We are a full service civil law firm serving clients in Marin County, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout California. Attorney David Chapman practices personal injury law, real estate counseling, general litigation, as well as business and environmental law.

Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.

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

To promote public health, and in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), our office has transitioned to remote work for our attorneys and law clerks. Our physical office at 950 Northgate Drive in San Rafael is now CLOSED. Please feel free to contact us via email or phone if you have any questions.

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About Chapman Law Group
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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

Bankruptcy Law

Family Law

Our team

David T. Chapman

CEO of Chapman Law Group

Senior Attorney David Chapman 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.

 

Education

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

Awards

American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award, 1998

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 1988

Awarded for excellent achievement in the study of Constitutional Law II

Admissions

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

 

Memberships

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

Anh Nguyen

Senior Associate

Senior Associate Anh Nguyen earned her JD from Hanoi University School of Law in Vietnam, where she was a merit-based scholarship recipient and graduated in the top 10% of her class. She also holds two LL.M. degrees from Golden Gate University School of Law, including an LL.M in Taxation.

Anh’s practice foci are Bankruptcy, Tax Law, and Civil Litigation. As a native Vietnamese speaker, Anh uses her understanding of cultural differences to effectively represent clients in financial restructuring, including bankruptcy and insolvency litigation. In addition, Anh has substantial expertise in negotiating favorable settlements with large banks and financial institutions in formal reorganization proceedings. She also draws on her knowledge and experience in Tax Law to provide practical legal advice to clients on a spectrum of matters that arise in bankruptcy.

Anh is licensed to practice law in California and New York. She is also admitted to practice in the following courts: Federal Court of New York, Third Department; U.S Federal Court Northern District of California; U.S Federal Court; Eastern District of California and U.S Tax Court.

Prior to becoming an associate at Chapman Law Group, A.P.C., Anh was an associate at the Law Office of David Boone, a boutique Bankruptcy Law firm based in San Jose.

While working on her Master Degree in Tax Law, Anh assisted in tax law individuals in front of the Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization, a program sponsored by the Tax Pro bono Clinic at Golden Gate University.

Anh is regularly interviewed by the Vietnamese media on complicated bankruptcy matters, and was selected as a rising star in 2014-2016 in the area of consumer bankruptcy by Super Lawyer Magazine.

Angela M. Stidham

Senior Paralegal

Senior Paralegal Angela M. Stidham was born and raised in Maceo, Kentucky. It was from her grandparents, James Hubert Estes and Helena Gertrude Estes that Angela received her strong work ethic, compassion and dedication.
            Angela graduated as class Valedictorian from Owensboro Catholic High. Further, she obtained an associate degree in Business Administration from Kentucky College, where she also graduated as Class Valedictorian. Angela received her Paralegal Degree in 1995 from Penn Foster.
            She began her legal career with the Law Office of Roger W. Miller, Greenville, Kentucky in 1993 as a Law Office Manager. In 1995, Angela continued to work as a Paralegal / Office Manager for Roger W. Miller after obtaining her Paralegal Degree from 1995 to 2005, specializing in civil, civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, disability, criminal, bankruptcy, real estate, real estate litigation, family law, probate law and probate litigation.
Angela has been a National Notary Association Certified Notary and a National Notary Association Certified Signing Agent since 1993. Angela was also recognized by Cambridge’s Who’s Who in Women for showing leadership and excellence in all aspects of the paralegal field.
In 1995, while continuing to work for Roger W. Miller, Esq., Angela was appointed as the Senior Paralegal for the Muhlenberg County Prosecutor’s Office, where she investigated both civil and criminal cases. Angela further assisted in major criminal prosecutions ranging from capital murder to receiving stolen property. Angela was a staunch crime victim advocate as well for the Muhlenberg County Prosecutor’s Office. Angela continued to serve in this dual capacity from 1995 through 2005.
            From 1993 to 2005 in addition to working for Roger W. Miller, Esq., and the Muhlenberg County Prosecutor’s Office, Angela operated her own company, Accurate Research & Closing Services, providing title companies with title abstraction, loan closing, criminal research, and document retrieval services.
            Angela moved to Bakersfield, California in June 2005. She first worked for Land America Commonwealth as an Escrow Officer. The real estate boom later slowed down, and Angela desired to continue her legal career, Angela joined a local Law Office as a Senior Paralegal / Office Manager in January 2006, where she assisted in probate, probate litigation, trust litigation, trust administration, conservatorships, guardianships, civil litigation, real estate litigation, and family law matters. During her tenure at this Firm, Angela helped to locate one of her client’s missing children. The mother of the child kidnapped the child and fled the State of California. Before law enforcement could even act to find the child, Angela putting her investigative skills immediately to work successfully located the child in Arizona. Angela worked with the child’s father to ensure he was returned safely to California.
In 2005, Angela became a member of the Kern County Paralegal Association and the California Paralegal Association.
            In August 2007, Angela joined Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Kilduff, Day & Lindstrom as a Senior Paralegal / Collection Manager. During her tenure at this firm, Angela assisted in civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, complex litigation matters, trust litigation, probate litigation, real estate litigation, conservatorship, and collections up and down the State of California.
            Angela married her wonderful husband, Chris L, Stidham, on December 26, 2008. They have two children, a beautiful daughter, Sara J. Stidham, and a handsome son, Vincent Wade Sinks.
            Angela worked for the prestigious law firm of Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc., from February 2009 to March 2013 as a Senior Litigation Paralegal. Angela worked on complex civil litigation matters, employment litigation matters, real estate litigation matters, probate litigation matters and complex class action lawsuits up and down the State of California.
Angela served as Public Information Officer for the Kern County Paralegal Association in 2009.
In March 2013, Angela joined Timothy Lemucchi, Esq., as a Senior Paralegal where she assisted in civil litigation matters, criminal matters, real estate litigation matters, probate litigation matters, personal injury matters, wrongful death matters and other complex civil litigation cases. Angela continued to work for Mr. Lemucchi until November 2014.
In November 2014, Angela became a Senior Paralegal | Supervisor for Legal Support Staff and Paralegals for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance. Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance is a non-profit legal aid service provider, providing legal support to low-income families in Kern County, California. In this capacity, Angela handled domestic violence matters, elder abuse matters, child abuse matters, sexual assault matters, wrongful eviction, other landlord / tenant issues, fair housing and discrimination, impact litigation, civil litigation, probate litigation, probate law, family law matters, veterans’ law, homeless law, real estate litigation, education law, blight, nursing home reform and many other specialty areas of law. Further, Angela supervised the entire support staff and paralegal team for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance.
Angela advocated for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse to promote better programs and assistance to victims. One of Angela’s greatest success stories from her tenure at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance was to develop a partnership with local hotels to house victims of domestic violence, elder abuse and child abuse free of charge while they waited to obtain protective orders from the Court. In addition, Angela advocated to ensure that the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department implemented a program to ensure that Spanish Interpreters were provided to all law enforcement officers on domestic violence calls to ensure Spanish speaking clients could obtain immediate seventy-two (72) hour orders for protection from law enforcement at the time of the domestic violence call without the language barrier.
From 2018 to August 2022, Angela successfully ran her own independent contractor Senior Paralegal company and provided paralegal assistance to a vast group of California, Nevada, Washington, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Ohio attorneys. Angela specialized in the areas of civil litigation, complex civil litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, worker’s compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, probate litigation, trust litigation, corporate litigation, family law and criminal law.
Angela joined Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. in August 2022.
Angela is a staunch advocate and believes in justice! Angela is passionate about Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.’s clients. Angela puts herself in their shoes. During Angela’s career, she has wept while summarizing depositions in a wrongful death case and has closed her eyes and held her breath waiting for verdicts to be read as if her entire livelihood were on the line.  Those are Angela’s favorite cases. The ones she would have hypothetically worked on for free.  Not every case can evoke that kind of emotion, but the ones that do keep you coming back for more.  
Angela is passionate about the paralegal profession, her family, and life in general. She is a staunch advocate of continuing legal education, believing that one can never learn too much in the classroom or in life. Angela knows that the best legal professionals don’t sit around waiting to be told what to do.  They figure out what to do and they do it.  This is the same passion that Angela has brought to Chapman Law Group, A.P.C. Angela advocates for Chapman Law Group, A.P.C.’s clients the same way she would for her own family – with never ending passion and determination!

 

Jordan Killen, B.A.

Paralegal

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.

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.

SVETLANA LOLUA, SHRM-SCP

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.

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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