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Karen Chapman

t: 704.342.5293

Karen's litigation practice includes representing businesses with respect to contract disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practice claims, and other business torts. Karen also defends various individuals and companies with respect to allegations of professional malpractice.


Karen has considerable experience in all stages of litigation and her clients benefit from her ability to quickly analyze a dispute and develop a strategic defense.

In addition to her work within the firm, Karen is actively involved, both as a volunteer and as a board member, with numerous nonprofit organizations in the community. Karen is a graduate of the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Training Academy and of the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) Cultural Leadership Training Program.

Areas of Focus


  • Represents clients of all sizes in a broad range of contract and tort matters in court and through alternative dispute resolution
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+Professional Liability

  • Defends licensed professionals (lawyers, real estate brokers, accountants, actuaries, and inspectors) in state and federal courts and in disciplinary proceedings
  • Counsels professionals in avoiding risks and mitigating claims
  • Assists with document requests and subpoenas
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+Tort & Insurance Defense

  • Defends clients against a wide variety of tort claims
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University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2005

University of North Carolina, B.A., 1999, cum laude

+Notable Accomplishments

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Real Estate, 2021-2023

Honored as one of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women of Justice award recipients

Ranked among Super Lawyers magazine’s North Carolina “Rising Stars” (Business Litigation), 2011-2017, and “Super Lawyers” (Business Litigation), 2019-2021

Ranked in Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite”; “Young Guns” 2016; “Legal Elite” 2020-2023

Recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a 2016 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Honoree

+Professional & Community Activities

Board Member and Therapy Dog Team Member – Invisible Paw Prints, Inc.

Former Bd. of Dir./ Vice President, Claire’s Army, Inc.

Former Bd. Member, Kiwanis Club of Charlotte

Volunteer, Ministering to Ministers Foundation, Inc.

Volunteer, Lunch with a Lawyer Program

Member, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Former Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Fee Dispute Committee

Graduate, 2014 NC Bar Association Leadership Academy

Graduate, 2011 ASC Cultural Leadership Training

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