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.

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Ed Chapin is a veteran civil trial lawyer whose abilities have been recognized by his peers and clients for many years. Mr. Chapin focuses his practice on complex civil trials. His practice spans multiple practice areas including multi-party civil litigation in consumer and employment class actions, business disputes, product liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, unfair business practices, professional negligence, serious personal injury, and wrongful death.

During his career, Mr. Chapin has taken upwards of 100 cases to trial in federal and state courts. Mr. Chapin founded a law firm in San Diego and has been a named partner there for the past decade. He has had a distinguished career working both in private practice with multiple law firms and in the Office of the City Attorney in San Diego. He is admitted to practice before all of the state and federal trial courts in California in addition to the Court of International Trade.

Professional Recognition

For more than twenty years, Mr. Chapin has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a membership by invitation only organization comprised of plaintiff and defense attorneys and members of the bench dedicated to raising the ethical and technical standards of law. Ed has received 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. His undergraduate alma mater, Missouri State University, has recognized him with its Outstanding Alumnus Award. Ed has been named one of the prestigious Best Lawyers in America every year since 1989 and Super Lawyers ranking every year since 2007.

Professional Activities

Throughout his career, Mr. Chapin has been involved in the leadership of both professional and civic organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He served as president of the local San Diego Chapter and the state-wide California Chapters of ABOTA. For twenty years he has served on the ABOTA National Board, on which he has chaired committees that developed the ABOTA “Principles of Civility, Integrity, and Professionalism” and the ABOTA “Protocol for Responding to Unfair Media Criticism of Judges.” During his tenure as President of the California Chapters of ABOTA, Ed served on the Supreme Court Select Committee on Judicial Retirement.

During his service as Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association, Mr. Chapin chaired multiple committees including the committee that developed the bar’s Principles of Civility, Integrity, and Professionalism. He was also instrumental in instituting an annual program to recognize a San Diego trial attorney who epitomizes the highest principles of civility, integrity, and professionalism. This program is now in its 28th year.

Mr. Chapin is a speaker or participant at continuing legal education and trial advocacy seminars including those 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.


  • 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

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  • Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Best Lawyers in America 1989-2017
  • 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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