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Rosalyn Chapman

Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.)

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Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.) has enjoyed a long and well-respected career as a federal magistrate judge. She has conducted more than 400 settlement conferences, handled a wide range of civil matters, and managed discovery and related proceedings in thousands of cases, including class actions and multi-district litigation. Judge Chapman 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.

Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Chapman served for eighteen years as an administrative law judge for the State of California. As such, she presided over thousands of administrative hearings, including public and private employment cases. Additionally, Judge Chapman has been a certified labor arbitrator and a lecturer on the UCLA School of Law faculty.

Currently, she sits part-time on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, which hears appeals of complex cases raising issues of employment and labor law, international administrative law, and human rights law, as applied to the multicultural United Nations.

During the course of her judicial career, Judge Chapman has spent a considerable amount of time on a wide-range of employment matters, including, for example, breach of employment contract matters, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, retaliation, racial and gender discrimination, ERISA, wrongful termination and labor disputes.

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

Read counsel comments about Judge Chapman's skills and style as a neutral.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of Employment Contract
    • Employer's action for breach of non-compete clause against former employee 
    • Wrongful termination
    • Age discrimination action in violation of FEHA
    • Group action by insurance company employees for breach of employment contracts regarding payment of commissions
    • Action by salesperson for breach of employment contract and Labor Code provisions
    • Action by business owner against former employee for breaches of employment contracts and non-disclosure agreements and theft of trade secrets, with wage and hour counter-claims
  • Wage and Hour
    • Action by residential care facility employee for violation of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 
    • Numerous individual and class actions under Labor Code for failure to pay minimum wage, required off-the clock activities, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to reimburse for work-related expenses, pay stub violations, accounting upon termination violations, and the like
  • Wrongful Termination, Discrimination and Harassment Claims
    • Sexual harassment action in violation of Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by female employee against well-known restaurant for customer’s misconduct
    • Group action for wrongful termination raising claims of racial and national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against hotel and its owner, with EEOC as party
    • Group action by military reservists against municipality for violation of Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
    • Wrongful termination action by female employee against construction company for violation of California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
    • Action for medical condition discrimination in violation of FEHA and CFRA
    • Gender discrimination and retaliation class action under Title VII against major company
    • Action for disability discrimination and failure to accommodate in violation of FEHA
    • Group wrongful termination action against municipality raising claims of racial discrimination and retaliation
  • Labor
    • Numerous actions challenging terminations and other disciplinary actions under collective bargaining agreements in the retail food industry
    • Action by air traffic controller challenging disciplinary action under collective bargaining agreement
    • Multiple actions by school teachers challenging reductions in force or lay-offs by school districts
    • Class action under federal and state plant closure statutes
    • Numerous actions by public employees or civil servants challenging terminations and other disciplinary actions
  • ERISA
    • Multiple actions under Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) challenging breaches of fiduciary duty regarding medical, disability, pension benefits, stock options, and the like
  • Memberships & Professional Activities
    • 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-present (part-time)
  • 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
  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, 1972-1973
  • Public Interest Lawyer, 1973-1977, 1967-1972
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • B.A., 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

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