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The Honorable David M. Chapman

Riverside County Superior Court, Department PS2 (website)

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Riverside County Superior Court, Department PS2 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (760) 904-6726


The Hon. David M. Chapman is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2012.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Chapman graduated with his B.S. in political science from Arizona State University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law.

Chapman clerked for the firm Ritter and Ritter, where he also worked briefly as an associate.

He then entered the public sector, working as a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County (1978 to 1980) and Riverside County (1980 to 1983) District Attorney's Offices.

He re-entered the private arena in 1983 to join the Law Office of Thomas T. Anderson, where he would practice as a senior associate attorney for twenty-nine years. During his tenure there, Chapman's areas of practice included product liability, wrongful death, professional malpractice, insurance, and business fraud cases. He would remain there until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2012.

His memberships have included past-president of the Desert Bar Association and co-founder of the Warren E. Slaughter-Richard Roemer Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

He has also taught as an instructor at the California Desert Trial Academy College of Law.


B.S. from Arizona State University (Political Science)

J.D. from University of San Fernando Valley College of Law


Senior Associate Attorney at Law Office of Thomas T. Anderson (1983 to 2012)

Deputy District Attorney at Riverside County District Attorney's Office in Riverside County, California (1980 to 1983)

Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1978 to 1980)

Associate at Ritter and Ritter (until 1978)

Clerk at Ritter and Ritter (from 1977)

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