Ed Chapin

Ed Chapin
Ed Chapin
SD 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.

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Named Ed Chapin A Trial Star

Trial Star Award

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP Financial Services Litigation was recently 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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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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Equifax Data Breach Class Action

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP has filed multiple state complaints on behalf of the approximately 143 million other U.S. consumers whose Equifax consumer credit files were hacked in mid-May through July this year.

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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 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
  • Super Lawyers 2007-2017
  • 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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