Chambers Global ranks Mr. Chapman as one of
the top 50 M&A lawyers in the United States.
Mr. Chapman one of the nation’s top five Private Equity lawyers in 2015.
Recognized for many years by Chambers USA in its most elite “Band 1” category as one of a handful of the leading corporate lawyers in Texas, Chambers singled out Mr. Chapman in 2013 and elevated him to “Star Individual.” Mr. Chapman remains the only corporate lawyer in Texas history ever to be so designated.
In 2016, Chambers USA reported that Mr. Chapman “is described by peers as ‘the crème de la crème’ of the corporate legal world.” A Chambers source observed, “As a counselor he is unmatched in both business and legal terms, at all levels.” In 2015, Chambers also noted, “He receives wide acclaim from market sources, with one client commenting: ‘He is extraordinarily adept at guiding clients in complicated mergers and acquisitions in addition to being an excellent relationship partner.’”
BTI Consulting named Mr. Chapman to its 2016 BTI Client Service All-Stars list, one of only 37 M&A lawyers in the United States “singled out by general counsels as the best of the best, separating themselves from the pack with the ability to guide any deal and assemble the perfect teams” and “considered the cream of the crop when it came to their client service."
D CEO magazine and the Association of Corporate Growth named Mr. Chapman the 2016 Dallas Dealmaker of the Year.
Before joining Gibson
Dunn, Mr. Chapman was a partner in Vinson & Elkins, where he was a longtime
management committee member and the Dallas office managing partner. In its
annual “Starshine” Lateral Report, The American Lawyer recognized his
joining Gibson Dunn as one of the 20 most significant lateral moves in the
United States legal industry in 2011.
Mr. Chapman received his law degree
cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983. In 2014, Mr. Chapman
returned to Cambridge to address the students as the Harvard Law School
Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker. He also holds a degree in economics
from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with highest distinction in