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Basil Chapman is a California State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist (one of only a handful of such specialists in Coachella Valley) with 30 years of experience in aggressive and tenacious representation of clients in family law and civil litigation. He represents clients to resolve issues in divorce or dissolution of marriage, spousal support or alimony, child support, child custody, community property division of real estate/business/other assets, modification of support or custody, restraining orders, legal separation,

pre-nuptial agreements, ante-nuptial agreements, and uncontested marital settlement agreements. He is one of the most highly qualified attorneys in Palm Desert or Palm Springs area that can handle complex divorce cases involving businesses and professional practices, real estate, pension plans and complex financial issues including dealing with forensic accountants for business valuation.
He was past president of the Desert Bar Association in Southern California's
Coachella Valley (Riverside County) which includes Palm Springs, Cathedral City,
Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, and Indio. Basil Chapman is one of the lawyers hand-picked and associated by out-of-area attorneys who seek representation in the local courts. The local courts are located in Indio and Palm Springs where most of the clients' cases are filed.
   Basil Chapman received his Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in
Political Science from Rutgers University. After post-graduate work in Political Science, Mr. Chapman attended California Western School of Law where he was an editor of the California West Law Review, writing, editing and publishing scholarly legal articles. Mr. Chapman received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and passing the California State Bar on the first attempt. While attending law school and working part-time, he received numerous awards, including the American Jurisprudence award in Civil Procedure (first in a class of 270), Community Property (first in a class of 88) and Family Law (first in class of 45) and in fact, was first in class in every legal subject the last three semesters of law school. After law school and while working as an attorney, Mr. Chapman completed some post-graduate course work (including Accounting) in the MBA program at San Diego State University.
   Basil Chapman started general practice in San Diego. Shortly thereafter, he was
hired by Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein, then the nation's largest law firm specializing in health care law. Mr. Chapman later accepted an offer to join Best, Best & Krieger
(BB&K), which, at the time, had nearly 200 attorneys and the oldest and largest law
firm in inland Southern California at the time. Mr. Chapman became a partner in
BB&K's civil litigation department. He successfully handled many multi-million dollar
lawsuits without losing a single trial during his entire tenure with BB&K (1985-1999).
In 1991, Mr. Chapman founded BB&K's family law department.

   Mr. Chapman opened his own law firm on January 1, 1999, to provide optimum
service for his clients. The large law firm's staffing policies could not accommodate the Family Law Practice which requires constant communication with the clients,
sometimes on a daily basis during critical segments of the dispute. Mr. Chapman's law firm specializes in complex family law matters often involving family businesses,
professional practices, pension plans and other complex financial issues in addition to the more routine custody, visitation, support and property division issues. Mr.
Chapman has won every child custody trial he has handled in the last 15 years. One
of the reasons for this success is that the firm does not encourage clients with weak
legal positions to waste inordinate amounts on attorney fees for a hopeless or
emotional objective.

   After being elected for ten consecutive years to the Board of Trustees of the
Desert Bar Association by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Chapman became the President of the Desert Bar Association and liaison to the Family Law Section of the State Bar.

   In 2010, Mr. Chapman has been selected to Super Lawyers as one of the top
Family Law attorneys in California and currently has the highest professional peer
review rating by the lawyer ratings organization (AVVO) of all family law practitioners in the Coachella Valley.

Complex and Simple Family Law Matters
Civil Litigation in Contracts, Real Estate and Business Matters
Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, 1991
State Bar of California (Member)
Family Law Section, State Bar of California (Member)
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Member)
Desert Bar Association (Past President)
DBA Family Law Section (Member)
For more information, contact:
74-900 Highway 111, Suite 122, Indian Wells, CA 92210
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