William D. Chapman

William D. Chapman: Attorney with Melick & Porter, LLP AV stamp icon
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Bill joined the firm in 1988 and concentrates his practice in the areas of professional liability, general liability, and the representation of insurers with regard to coverage issues, insurance fraud and property claims. He has extensive trial experience and has argued cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. He has diverse litigation experience, including a series of professional liability actions across the United States arising out of the collapse of a prominent workers' compensation insurer and class actions under the FTCPA and the FDCPA, and he has defended many professional liability claims against insurance agents and brokers (including alleged errors and omissions in the placement of general liability insurance, property insurance, workers' compensation, life insurance, construction bonds, fidelity bonds, and employee benefit plans) and other professionals such as real estate agents and brokers, architects, title abstractors, health / beauty and wellness professionals, numerous fire and explosion cases, construction cases, and product liability cases. Bill also has extensive arbitration and mediation experience. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.

Bill comes from a musical family and is involved in the production of live music with a focus on period performance. He enjoys time with his family as well as history, architecture, and kayaking the Kennebec River.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
781-786-2730  Phone
(617) 502-9630  Phone
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., cum laude, 1983
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1987
Year of First Admission:
1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 1987, Massachusetts
Essex County, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute; National Propane Gas Defense Association.

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Boston, Massachusetts

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