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Paulette E. Chapman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Washington, DC

Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.
2001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-822-1884
Fax: 202-822-1829
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022
Licensed in Washington DC Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation

About Paulette E. Chapman

First Admitted: 1988, Washington DC

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors (2006-2012); Member, Budget Committee (2010-11); Co-Chair, Development Committee 2009 Presidents' Reception (2009); Member, Executive Committee (2008); Chair, Screening Committee (2007); Member, Nominations Committee (2005); Section Co-Chair, Tort Law Section (2001-02)
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Member, Board of Governor’s (1999-2003; 2008-current), Public Education Committee (2005, 2012)
  • American Bar Foundation, DC Fellows (2011-present)
  • Women’s Bar Association Foundation of Washington DC, Member, Board of Directors (2004-2010); Chair, Grants Committee (2008-09); Member, Grants Committee (2007, 2010); Treasurer (2006-07)
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, President (2003-2004). President-Elect (2002-2003); Co-Chair: Litigation Committee (2000, 2001), Golf Tournament (2001-2006), Judicial Reception (2001)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, President (2007-2008); Board of Directors (2002-2009); Member, Judicial Nominations and Public Appointments Committee (2009-current)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 1989
  • Council for Court Excellence, Director (2012-current), Executive Committee (2013-present), Nominations Committee (2012-preseent), Chair-Annual Dinner Awards Committee (2013-present), Member-Trial Structure Committee, Jury Project (2014-2015), 2012
  • District of Columbia Bar Foundation (2013-present); Chair-Lawyer Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Committee (2013-present), 2013
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Co-Chair WBA Centennial  Celebration Committee for 2017 Annual Dinner, 2015
  • The Barristers, President (2013-2014), Vice President (2011-2012), Secretary (2010-2011), Treasurer (2009-2010), Member (2006-present), 2013
  • Merit Selection Panel, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Chair 2013, Member 2012, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2011)
  • Youth Leadership Foundation, PALS Panel, Speaker (2012)


  • Selected for inclusion in Washingtonian Washington's Top Lawyers 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, Washington's Top Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2015
  • Women's Caucus Award, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C., 2012
  • Graduated 1988 The George Washington University Law School, with Honors, 1988
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, 2013
  • Stars of the Bar, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, Co-Lecturer:  “Trial Skills Series: Jury Selection ” (1999-2001, 2003-2016), 2016
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty for NITA Depositions Program (2003-2006)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers) National College of Advocacy (NCA), Faculty: "Essentials of Civil Litigation" Emory University School of Law, Georgia (2000); "Deposition College" Atlanta, Georgia (2001); "Advanced Depositions College" New Orleans, Louisiana (2007), National College Of Advocacy (NCA)
  • Adjunct Instructor:  Catholic University School of Law, Federal Civil Procedure (1995, 1996)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty for NITA Advanced Trial Skills Program (2012, 2015), 2015

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • DC
  • Trial Lawyers Association Of Metropolitan Washington
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Office Location for Paulette E. Chapman

2001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20006

Last Updated: 5/17/2022

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