Robert S. ChapmanRobert Chapman

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Bob Chapman is a nationally recognized trial attorney who has obtained verdicts and settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars in some of the nation’s most high -profile, hotly contested, and highest-stake controversies.

Bob is known from coast to coast as trial counsel on the New York trial team that obtained a $250 million jury verdict in a case against ExxonMobil Corporation. The case, brought by the City of New York, was the first MTBE litigation in the country to go to trial and result in a verdict. Following the verdict, Bob was hired to represent the State of New Hampshire in another water pollution case involving damages of over one billion damages.

As a trial attorney, Bob has worked on a wide variety of matters, including copyright, breach of contract, defamation and right of publicity, as well as real estate, business, construction defect and environmental matters. Bob’s expertise is vast, as he has handled numerous high-profile celebrity cases across the nation. For years, Bob represented George Harrison of the Beatles and his family, Aaron Spelling and his family, Jerry Bruckheimer, Francis Ford Coppola, and major motion picture studios.

As an entertainment litigator, Bob has a long history of success in defamation cases. Bob filed a defamation action concerning Angelina Jolie’s famous engagement ring, forcing celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, to take down his defamatory post and publish a full apology. Bob also represented Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in connection with their performances in the motion picture Eyes Wide Shut, obtaining a front-page retraction and apology along with a substantial monetary payment from The Sun, a daily tabloid newspaper.

Bob continues his ongoing representation of entertainment heavyweights and his construction defect practice involving celebrity homes. Bob has handled trials, appeals and obtained settlements concerning some of the largest and most expensive homes in Southern California. He has obtained a number of multi-million dollar recoveries in those matters.