Jeffrey A. Chapman is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. He maintains an active M&A and capital markets practice representing public and private companies in diverse cross-border and domestic transactions in a broad range of industries.
Chambers Global 2014 ranked Mr. Chapman as one of the top 50 Corporate/M&A lawyers in the United States.
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,” a ranking that has never before been awarded to a corporate lawyer in Texas. In identifying “Star Individuals,” Chambers noted, “These players are the first names that roll off everyone’s lips, the standard by which others are judged.” A Chambers source observed, “As a counselor he is unmatched in both business and legal terms, at all levels.”
Also described as a “cutting-edge M&A practitioner” taking on sophisticated transactions in a manner that “doesn’t inject any unnecessary conflicts into the process” in Chambers and a “pragmatic and solutions-oriented” capital markets lawyer and an “extremely highly regarded” M&A lawyer in Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, Mr. Chapman’s technical knowledge and emphasis on client service have resulted in many long-term relationships that span his entire career.
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 to address the students 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.