Ed Chapin

Ed Chapin
Ed Chapin
CA Managing Partner

(619) 577-4251

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Mr. Chapin is a veteran trial lawyer whose individual and class action practice includes unfair business practices, professional negligence, insurance coverage, toxic torts, serious personal injury and wrongful death matters.

There are not enough words to express my gratitude. Thanks to Ed I have my life back. The situation I was dealing with made me feel trapped and that I had little control over my life. Everything at work is so much better now. I have peace. The years of pain and difficulty I had lived with are finally over. Now I can just do my job. It is amazing to me how much better my life is. Ed truly cared and listened to every step of the way and I knew I was in good hands. This was one of the scariest times in my life and now I can say my future feels bright and I have a feeling of peace and security. I am so grateful. J.W., Former Client

I highly recommend Ed Chapin with Sanford Heisler Sharp. Ed Chapin was there for me at my most vulnerable time in life. He and his team handled my case with extreme care and sensitivity. Instead of feeling like a mere client who represents financial gain to a law firm, I truly felt that I was treated with the same care and respect as would be given to a close family member or friend. Knowing Ed’s outstanding trial history and many decades of experience helped to give me a peace of mind through a stressful process. Ed truly went above and beyond to get me the justice I deserved. He has the utmost standards of professionalism, fairness, and dedication in his dealings with clients. If it wasn’t for Ed, I know that I wouldn’t have my confidence or voice back. He truly believed in me and fought tirelessly to get me the closure I needed. Ed Chapin is without question one of the best attorneys in the country and equally as noble of a man. A Former Client

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Named Ed Chapin 2018 Lawyer of the Year

Lawyer of the Year

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Named Ed Chapin A 2017 Trial Star

Trial Star Award

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP Financial Services Litigation was featured in the San Diego Attorney Journal.

Sanford Heisler Sharp Featured in San Diego Attorney Journal
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Ed Chapin, a partner in the San Diego office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, is a veteran litigator whose practice spans class actions, unfair business practices, professional negligence, insurance coverage, bad faith, toxic torts, serious personal injury, and wrongful death. His service in the U.S. military and long-standing ties to the greater San Diego community enable him to provide exemplary counsel to clients seeking representation in a range of matters. Across an illustrious 45-year his career, he has taken more than 100 cases to trial in federal and state courts.

In 2018, Ed secured final approval of a $4 million settlement for Beth Burns, the winningest coach in San Diego State University’s women’s basketball history.  His litigation acumen in this very public jury trial that focused on SDSU’s Title IX violations highlights how even the most powerful institutions can be made to take responsibility for the damage they cause to individual’s careers and overall wellbeing.

He has been involved in the leadership of professional and civic organizations at the local, state, and national levels, including serving as president of the San Diego Chapter and the statewide California Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He also served for over 20 years on the ABOTA National Board. He is the former Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association. Ed has spoken at continuing legal education and trial advocacy seminars sponsored by the San Diego County Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, California Continuing Education of the Bar, Litigation Section California State Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyer Association, and the Rutter Group.

Ed has received many significant professional awards including the Daniel T. Broderick Award for “epitomizing the highest principles of civility, integrity and professionalism” presented by ABOTA, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego Defense Lawyers and the San Diego County Bar Association. He received the Lifetime Achievement award presented by the San Diego Defense Lawyers and his undergraduate alma mater Missouri State University recognized him with its Outstanding Alumnus Award. In February 2018, was recognized as the Outstanding Trial Lawyer for 2017 by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Ed has been named one of the prestigious Best Lawyers in America every year since 1989 and earned a Super Lawyers ranking every year since 2007.


  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia 1972
  • B.S., Southwest Missouri State University 1964

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court- Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
  • United States Court of International Trade

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD)
  • Enright Inn of Court (EIOC)

Military Service

  • Awarded Three Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal during Vietnam Service
  • Line Officer in United States Army Infantry Unit, Germany 1964-1968
  • Ground Combat Service, U.S. First Infantry Division, South Vietnam 1967-1968

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The complaint asserts that Ogletree uses a number of tactics to shortchange female shareholders in pay and promotions. The firm manipulates allocation of origination credits by unfairly attributing such credits to male shareholders, even when women at the firm are the ones who bring in the client.

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Madison Avenue Securities LLC FINRA Arbitration – $2.1 Million Award

In the fight to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, Sanford Heisler Sharp has obtained a $2.1 million FINRA arbitration award on behalf of a San Diego client whose investment nest egg was decimated by an imprudent, high-risk investment strategy that her stockbroker David Barber had recommended.

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General Electric ERISA Class Action

The Complaint asserts that GE and the Plan violated the Federal Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) by breaching their fiduciary duties and engaging in prohibited transactions and unlawful self-dealing detrimental to the three named plaintiffs individually and as representatives of a class.

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Madison Avenue Securities FINRA Claim

The claim alleges Madison Avenue Securities alleging the firm turned a blind eye in allowing one of its stockbrokers who had a disciplinary history of misappropriating clients’ funds to loot hundreds of thousands of dollars from client’s account.

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Morrison & Foerster Gender, Pregnancy, and Maternity Discrimination Class and Collective Action

The Complaint, which is filed on behalf of three female associates currently employed at MoFo, alleges the international law firm practices systemic gender discrimination against female lawyers, particularly those who are pregnant or have children.

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Home Depot ERISA Class Action

According to the complaint, Home Depot has selected multiple poorly-performing funds for its 401(k) plan, allowed investment advisers to charge its employees unreasonable fees, and turned a blind eye to a kickback scheme between an investment adviser and the plan’s recordkeeper.

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Beth Burns Wrongful Termination Suit – $3.35+ Million Verdict

The popular women’s basketball head coach was terminated by San Diego State University with four years left on her new 5-year contract after the women’s Aztecs basketball team completed a record-breaking 27-win season. The institution initially claimed its decision to remove Burns was based on her actions during a 2013 home game between her Aztecs and Colorado State University, during which she had incidental physical contact with a male assistant coach on the Aztecs’ bench during the heat of the close game.

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  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Best Lawyers in America 1989-2019
  • One of the Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017-2018
  • Super Lawyers 2007-2018
  • National Board of Directors of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 1989 – 2010
  • Chaired committees which developed the ABOTA Principles of Civility, Integrity and Professionalism
  • Chaired committees which developed the ABOTA Protocol for Responding to Unfair Media Criticism of Judges
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