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Rosalyn Chapman

Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.)

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Anne Lieu
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Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.) has enjoyed a long and well-established career as a federal judge. She served as Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California for almost 16 years, and then was recalled to serve in the District Courts for the Northern District of California and Arizona.

As a Magistrate Judge, Judge Chapman had an active and diverse civil case load. She conducted bench and jury trials (with the parties’ consent), issued myriad written opinions on summary judgments, motions and discovery, and conducted more than 400 hundred settlement conferences.

Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Chapman served as an administrative law judge for the State of California. She presiding over thousands of professional and vocational licensing hearings on behalf of numerous public agencies, including the Medical Board, the Department of Real Estate, the Contractors State License Board (construction defects), and the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as public and private employment cases.

Additionally, Judge Chapman recently served part-time as a Judge on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.  She also has been a certified labor arbitrator, a lecturer on the UCLA School of Law faculty, and a public interest attorney.

Judge Chapman is available for mediation, arbitration and as a discovery special master and referee.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Numerous breach of contract actions in various industries, such as construction, transportation, engineering, recycling and entertainment
    • Unfair business practices actions by consumers and competitors
    • Investors’ securities fraud class action against pharmaceutical company and individual officers
    • Class actions under the Consumer Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act against various businesses
    • Several actions for breach of non-competition clauses, non-disclosure agreements, and theft of trade secrets against former employees
    • Consumers’ Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits against debt collectors
    • Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) cases against vehicle dealerships
    • Multiple breach of fiduciary duty actions challenging the operators of ERISA plans
    • Maritime actions for lost or damaged cargo
    • Law firm’s breach of contract action against former partner, with cross-claims
    • Attorney fees dispute involving guarantor in bankruptcy proceedings
    • Dispute over severance package between former CEO and non-profit corporation
    • Physician’s action for breach of contract against medical management company
    • Consumers’ actions for damages against private trade school
    • Depositor’s action under Electronic Fund Transfer Act against bank
  • Litigation Services (Discovery and E-Discovery; Attorney Fees; Appellate Proceedings)
    • Case management of multi-district litigation discovery in investors’ bond fraud litigation, commercial airplane crashes, and national ERISA litigation
    • Case management of discovery in numerous pre- and post-class action certification cases
    • Special Master in civil RICO action against law firm and others 
    • Discovery Referee in District Attorney's class action against national debt collection company for violation of TCPA
    • Attorney fees and expenses dispute in class action settlement
    • Bankruptcy court’s attorney fees dispute
    • Chair of appeal panel reviewing arbitration award in entertainment industry breach of contract case
    • Declaratory relief action for interpretation of arbitration agreement’s provision regarding emergency relief
  • Entertainment and Sports
    • Game show creator’s copyright infringement action against competitor for use of protected game show elements 
    • Entertainer’s action for breach of confidentiality agreement 
    • Popular musical band’s copyright infringement action against advertising company for illegal use of song in television commercial 
    • Writer’s and production company’s cross-actions for trademark infringement and merchandising rights attendant to theatrical film and potential television series 
    • Songwriter’s action for copyright infringement against music publishers and performers 
    • Sports photographer’s action against publisher for copyright and trade dress infringement 
    • Music composers’ action for illegal incorporation of copyrighted compositions and sound recordings into musical album
    • Professional boxer’s breach of contract action against boxing promoter
    • Amateur athlete’s claims of sexual abuse against teammates
  • Employment
    •  “On-duty” wage and hour actions against residential care facility and other types of employers 
    • Secretary of Labor's action for violation of Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Race, sex, and age discrimination actions in many industries, such as airlines, telecommunications, medical devices, hotel, and public sector 
    • Employee’s sexual harassment by third party (customer) action against employer 
    • National origin-based class action by employees against hotel chain 
    • Wage and hour class action by mechanics against automobile dealer 
    • Military reservists’ employment discrimination action (USERRA) against employer 
    • Employees’ plant closure class action under state and federal law 
    • Numerous wage and hour actions by employees under Labor Code
    • Challenges to reduction in force actions by private and public employers
    • Wrongful termination and other disciplinary challenges by employees in various industries, such as retail sales, transportation (buses and airlines)
    • Religious discrimination actions against various employers
    • Actions for disability discrimination and violation of Family Medical Leave Act against employers
    • Former employee’s breach of severance contract action with cross-claims by former employer for breach of employment contract
  • Insurance
    • Payor/provider disputes between hospitals and health insurance companies
    • Entertainment conglomerate’s dispute with insurer over reimbursement of litigation damages
    • Insurers’ action for indemnification and recall expenses against international food processing company
    • Shipper’s action against land carrier for Insurance Code violations
    • Bad faith actions by homeowners against insurers
    • Coverage action by commercial general liability carrier regarding application of employment-related practices exclusion
    • Insurance coverage action against foreign insurance carrier with English law provision
    • Action by policy holder’s family regarding life insurance coverage
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright infringement actions in dozens of industries, such as fashion, publication, telecommunications (Internet), and entertainment (TV, movies, music)  
    • Numerous trade dress infringement actions in various industries, such as jewelry design, athletic shoes, bathrobes, shampoo, and the like
    • Multiple trademark infringement actions in various industries, such as adult entertainment, hair products, baby and infant products, fabric design, and automotive parts
    • Trademark infringement dispute between two restaurant chains over advertising “tag line”
    • Counterfeiting actions in cigarette, computer software and automotive parts industries
    • Numerous patent infringement actions in various industries, such as automotive accessories, lighting fixtures, luggage and mechanized window coverings
    • Licensee’s patent infringement action against major global positioning service provider
    • Copyright infringement action by well-known clothing manufacturer contesting illegal use of protected name on professional sports team’s merchandise
    • Pop artist/designer’s breach of license action, with cross-claims
    • Artist’s copyright infringement action against Internet merchandiser
    • Photographer’s copyright infringement action against event promoter and merchandiser
    • Toy manufacturer’s action for theft of trade secrets
  • Personal Injury and Tort
    • Mesothelioma tort claim against various respiratory and other product manufacturers
    • Product liability action by consumer against distributor and retailer of kitchen appliance 
    • Invasion of privacy actions by consumers against debt collector 
    • Wrongful death action against public entity by estate of deceased employee
    • Law firm's action for attorney fees with counterclaim for legal malpractice or professional negligence
    • Action by corporate shareholders against law firm for legal malpractice or corporate negligence
    • Action by patient against major hospital for medical malpractice
  • Public Sector and Civil Rights
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases against private businesses and public entities 
    • False arrest and use of excessive force actions against public entities 
    • Inmates’ civil rights actions against private corporations and public entities 
    • Taxpayers’ action against private contractor and public entity for violating Vehicle Code when issuing parking tickets 
    • Citizens’ challenges to Government forfeiture actions 
    • Parents’ actions under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) against school districts
    • Religious discrimination action by physician against public agency
  • Real Property 
    • Real  property investors’ class action against former attorney for fraud
    • Homeowners’ action against mortgage lender for delay in modifying home loan
    • Breach of home loan (mortgages) actions against lenders
    • Housing discrimination actions against owners and managers of rental property

  • Memberships & Professional Activities
    • Member, arbitration panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
    • Member, arbitration panel of United States Center for SafeSport
    • Member, International Association of Women Judges, 2006-present
    • Board of Directors, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 2008-2010
    • Advisory Group of Magistrate Judges, Administrative Office of United States Courts, 2000-2006
    • Board Member, Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter), 2002-2005
    • Executive Committee & Board of Directors, Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Association, 1993-1997
  • ADR Profiles
  • Judge, United Nations Appeals Tribunal, 2012-2017
  • United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California, 1995-2012
  • Administrative Law Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, State of California, 1977-1995
  • Labor Arbitrator Certificate, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Los Angeles,1979
  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, 1972-1973
  • Public Interest Lawyer, 1967-1972, 1973-1977
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • B.A. cum laude, University of Michigan

Counsel Comments

    • “[Judge Chapman is] an EXCELLENT mediator…. [She works] extremely hard, [is] wise, tough when it's called for, super smart and knowledgeable and [has] some fun in [her] too! [She did a] great job in accomplishing what we thought would never happen this week!”

      – Principal at Business Litigation Firm
    • "[Judge Chapman] really grabbed the parties' attention, and we walked out with a term sheet that day, which was unexpected and I think quite an achievement for the mediator.... She knows how to identify those aspects of your case that you need to evaluate most closely, that offer you the most unpredictability. And that's what makes people move."

      – Litigation Partner
    • "I think [Judge Chapman] must have worked some magic behind the scenes so to speak. I can't fully explain how she did it; I just know she got it done.... I don't believe in luck or coincidence, but I do believe in experience."

      – Intellectual Property Litigation Partner
    • "It wasn't your typical mediation where you're fighting over money all day; it was ... more complex. [Judge Chapman] was tireless and just worked really hard to get us to a point where we could both walk away."

      – Litigation Associate
    • "[Judge Chapman] tends to have a little more weight than your typical mediator. She adds value. ... She just kind of gives you the information she needs to give you so you can make a good decision."

      – Principal in Business Law Firm
    • [Judge Chapman] resolved both of [my cases] very shortly after the mediation. The follow-up is, at least in my mind, one of her strengths."

      – Principal in Small Firm

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