Jeffrey A. Chapman is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.  He maintains an active M&A practice representing private equity firms and public and private companies in diverse cross-border and domestic transactions in a broad range of industries.

Chambers Global 2017 reports 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.” Still another Chambers source added: “I wish I could clone him.  He brings a commercial aspect to risk, which is a rare commodity.”

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.

Law360 named Mr. Chapman one of the nation’s top five Private Equity lawyers in 2015.

BTI Consulting named Mr. Chapman to its 2017 Client Service All-Star MVPs, a group of 54 U.S. lawyers “recognized year after year for their dedication to delivering the best service to their clients.” 

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 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 1979.


  • Harvard University - 1983 - J.D., cum laude
  • University of Iowa - 1979 - BBA (Highest Distinction)


  • Texas Bar