Terry J. Chapko

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Coronado, CA

Law Office of Terry J. Chapko
 | 120 C Avenue, Suite 120
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: 619-522-2100
Fax: 619-522-2104
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%)
Attorney Profile

At his own firm in Coronado, California, Terry J. Chapko provides robust representation to individuals throughout Southern California in employment law matters, including sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination and discrimination claims of all types at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Chapko additionally takes on cases involving whistleblowing, nonpayment of overtime, commission disputes and right-to-compete contracts, and he assists employees who need help negotiating severance packages.

While Mr. Chapko understands that settling a case can effectively resolve a legal matter, he is not afraid to litigate cases when necessary. He has taken numerous cases to trial and received favorable verdicts for single-party, multi-party and class-action lawsuits. Since opening the Law Office of Terry J. Chapko in 2004, he has successfully represented clients in cases against large companies such as Starbucks, AT&T and SAIC, the largest private employer in San Diego County. On account of his extensive background in employment law, Mr. Chapko lent his insight to a segment on "The Today Show" about a California lawsuit in which Starbucks baristas were awarded $106 million in restitution.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Chapko received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 1995. He is licensed to practice before all California state and federal courts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Mr. Chapko is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. As a respected member of the legal community in San Diego County, he frequently speaks on employment issues and serves as a member of board of directors for the Coronado Schools Foundation.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (20%)

Employment Litigation (80%)


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Terry Chapko

Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.chapkolaw.com/about.html

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section, California State Bar Association
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Coronado Schools Foundation
  • Captain, Basketball Team, Led the NCAA in 3-point Shots Attempted, 1986 - 1987 Season


  • Robb v. Starbucks Corporation, After three-week jury trial in San Diego Superior Court in September-October 2006, former male Starbucks employee, who alleged he was sexually harassed by his male boss, was awarded $257,500 in compensatory and punitive damages in addition to his attorneys' fees and costs, Jury awards ex-Starbucks worker $250,000 (SD Union-Tribune)
  • Joanne Limneos v. SAIC, Female whistleblower awarded $500,000 in December 2007 after three-week arbitration in downtown San Diego. Established that San Diego's largest private employer had wrongfully terminated the plaintiff, The Daily Journal, April 3, 2008
  • 2 Jane Does v. National Corporation, On the eve of trial in October 2008, Mr. Chapko secured a settlement of $1.75 million for two female employees who were fired shortly after one of them made a formal complaint of sexual harassment against a Company executive and the other supported the complainant's version of events
  • Multiple Plaintiffs v. Local San Diego Corporation, A group of plaintiffs, both female and male, alleged their manager sexually harassed female employees and retaliated against those who opposed his harassment, including by firing them. In September 2009, Mr. Chapko was able to obtain a $900,000 settlement for the plaintiffs shortly after filing a lawsuit on their behalf
  • Breedlove v. Pacers, Inc., In June 2009, an arbitrator awarded a former bartender at an adult entertainment establishment over $500,000 in compensatory and punitive damages and nearly $400,000 in attorneys' fees as costs after a three-week arbitration. The Plaintiff alleged sexual harassment and retaliation claims, Breedlove v. Pacers – Final Award
  • Jane Doe v. Doe Corporation, Mr. Chapko secured a settlement of $750,000 in December 2009 for a female plaintiff who alleged she was harassed at work based on her gender and national origin (Mexican)
  • Multiple Plaintiffs v. Retailer, In April 2010, Mr. Chapko completed the resolution of a multi-party action involving a group of plaintiffs who alleged they were harassed by a co-worker based on their gender and sexual orientation. The plaintiffs received in excess of $950,000
  • Jane Doe v. Doe Corporation, In October 2010, Mr. Chapko secured a settlement of $565,000 for a former human resources employee who claimed she was forced out of her job after reporting illegal conduct to her superiors
  • Jane Doe v. Doe Corporation, Settlement of $800,000 reached in March 2011 on behalf of a female employee who claimed her boss sexually harassed and physically assaulted her in the workplace
  • 3 Older Plaintiffs v. Doe Corporation, Mr. Chapko negotiated a $750,000 settlement in June 2011 on behalf of three former clerical workers who were discharged from their jobs (after lengthy careers) in rapid succession. The plaintiffs were the three-oldest employees in their department and maintained they were fired because of their age
  • 4 Female Plaintiffs v. Doe Defendant, In June 2011, a Bankruptcy judge awarded four women, who alleged they had been sexually harassed by the Debtor's general manager, $520,000 in the first distribution of the Debtor's assets. Mr. Chapko filed state court claims on behalf of all four plaintiffs and continued to represent them throughout the bankruptcy process
  • Taylor v. Unifirst Corporation, Proceeds from a $2.6 million settlement negotiated by Mr. Chapko were distributed in December 2011 to a class of drivers who were denied meal and rest periods and issued improper check stubs
  • Supervisor v. Financial Services Employer, Mr. Chapko resolved, in August 2012, a single-party action in which a supervisor, who only worked for his employer for approximately 5 months, claimed he was fired because he refused to set up older employees for termination for $395,000
  • 2 Male Employees v. San Diego Startup Company, In March 2013, Mr. Chapko finalized a pre-litigation settlement of $235,000 for two male employees who claimed they were terminated for opposing the sexually harassing conduct of their male boss
  • Mowry v. Tachyon Networks, Inc., In July 2013 an arbitrator issued a Final Award to Mr. Chapko's client of over $139,000 in unpaid commissions (plus over $15,000 in costs) as well as over $325,000 in attorneys' fees

Representative Clients:

  • Jane Doe v. Financial Services Employer, June 2012

Educational Background:

  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, B.A., 1988
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Office Location for Terry J. Chapko

120 C Avenue
Suite 120
Coronado, CA 92118

Phone: 619-522-2100

Fax: 619-522-2104

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Last Updated: 3/21/2019

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