Ed Chapin is a Partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp and Chair of the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Since joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ed has continued to be recognized in the legal community as a premier trial attorney.
At Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ed’s practice has involved representing individuals and classes in employment and consumer protection matters, as well as individuals in commercial and personal injury cases.
Ed’s representations have included:
- Representing Beth Burns, the winningest women’s basketball coach in the history of San Diego State University, in her claim for retaliatory discharge against the university, resulting in a jury verdict of $4 million plus fees and costs
- Serving as lead counsel in a 99-day bench trial on behalf of 22 female sex trafficking victims resulting in a judgment of $21,000,000 against Girls Do Porn, Domi Publications, Oh Well Media, and others that was covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone
- Negotiating a confidential settlement of a claim of an executive assistant to the CEO of a pharmaceutical start-up for damages arising from sexual harassment
- Negotiating a confidential settlement of the claim of an employee of a religious university fired on account of sexual orientation
- Negotiating a settlement of a multi-million claim on behalf of over 50 women who were victims of sex trafficking and unauthorized use of their names and likenesses against the parent company of a major pornography website
- Negotiating a settlement for a class of hundreds of female employees of Qualcomm, a major technology company, denied equal pay and promotions
- Negotiating a confidential settlement for Employees of Ma Labs, a Silicon Valley computer assembly company, denied overtime, meal and rest break pay
Ed received his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University. Between college and law school, Ed served as an Infantry officer for four years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain, including a tour of duty during the Vietnam War where he was decorated for valor twice.
A member of the California bar, Ed has served as a panelist at many professional seminars on topics pertinent to his areas of practice and in leadership roles in multiple local, state, and national organizations.
Ed has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989 and is currently listed in the areas of Litigation-Labor and Employment, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Protection and Personal Injury, areas in which he currently focuses his practice. He has been listed as a San Diego Super Lawyer since 1989 and a Top 50 Lawyer for several years. In 2020, Ed was named a Trailblazer Plaintiff’s Lawyer by the National Law Journal. In 2021, Ed was recognized for the second time as the Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (first awarded in 2017), as a California Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation Labor and Employment and was selected by the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates as its nominee for Cal ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the year.
Additional significant professional awards Ed has received over his career include: the Daniel T. Broderick Award for “epitomizing the highest principles of civility, integrity and professionalism” presented by ABOTA, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego Defense Lawyers, and the San Diego County Bar Association; the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the San Diego Defense Lawyers; and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Missouri State University.
Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ed was a named equity partner in three San Diego firms where he gained substantial experience in civil trials and served as a leader in multiple professional organizations.
When Ed is not lawyering, he enjoys reading, music, and his family of two adult sons and his teenage granddaughter, spending time at the Missouri farm where he was born and raised, and communicating with some members of the unit he led in combat in Vietnam.