Hon. Rosalyn Chapman (Ret.)

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Entertainment and Sports

Judge Chapman has resolved a wide variety of entertainment-related disputes and is highly regarded for her skill and patience in handling complicated and sensitive issues involved in high-stakes cases.

Prior to becoming a neutral at JAMS, Judge Chapman enjoyed a long and respected career as a federal magistrate judge. She has conducted hundreds of 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.

Representative Matters

  • Entertainer's action for breach of confidentiality agreement 
  • Copyright infringement action by family of deceased songwriter against music publisher and artists
  • Popular musical band brought copyright infringement action regarding use of song in television commercial
  • Adult entertainment company brought copyright infringement action involving Internet sales
  • Copyright and contributory copyright infringement action against licensee involving sale and distribution of films, videotapes and digital video files 
  • Owner of gaming materials brought action for copyright and trademark infringement against multiple defendants 
  • Action by entertainment company arising from use of protected words in advertisements for television series 
  • Action by musical composers against multiple defendants for illegally incorporating portions of copyrighted compositions and sound recordings into musical album 
  • Author/writer brought copyright infringement action against multiple defendants (including service provider) involving copying and electronic distribution of protected works on Internet 
  • Action against publishing company for copyright infringement and failure to pay royalties to family of deceased author 
  • Game show creator brought copyright infringement action regarding use of protected game show elements 
  • Cross-actions for trademark infringement and attendant merchandising rights involving theatrical film and potential television series 
  • Action by clothing manufacturer involving use of protected name on professional athletic merchandise 
  • Sports photographer brought action against publishing company for copyright and trade dress infringement

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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