Judge William Chapman Joins Potter Anderson as Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, Senior Counsel
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP (Potter Anderson) announced that the Honorable William L. Chapman, Jr. has joined the firm as Chief Talent and Diversity Officer and Senior Counsel. This newly created senior management position reinforces Potter Anderson’s ongoing commitment to attracting, developing and retaining top talent with a variety of backgrounds in order to best serve the long-term needs of its clients.
Reporting to the Executive Committee, Judge Chapman will lead the firm’s efforts to recruit and develop a diverse team of dedicated attorneys. He will work closely with the firm’s Recruiting, Associates and Diversity Committees, as well as with the firm’s newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, Cynthia A. Bauer, to ensure that the firm is well positioned for ongoing success.
“We’re delighted that Judge Chapman is joining Potter Anderson to lead this critical initiative for our organization. As a leading Delaware law firm, we understand that attracting and retaining a superior professional team is a key distinguishing factor in delivering the highest quality work for our clients.” said Michael B. Tumas, Chair of Potter Anderson. “With more than twenty years of experience in the Delaware legal community, Judge Chapman is the ideal person to champion our diversity, recruiting and associate development efforts and the creation of this senior role is an illustration of our commitment to our ongoing investment in talent recruitment and development.”
Originally from New York City, Judge Chapman came to Delaware as a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice after receiving his A.B. from Brown University in 1983 and graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. He has served the State as a Family Court judge for the past twenty years and has been active in the community through organizations such as The Walnut Street YMCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Delaware and St. Michael’s School & Nursery. “Throughout my career, I have always been inspired by helping young professionals grow and learn,” said Judge Chapman. “This new role will allow me to focus on helping a wide range of young attorneys develop into Potter Anderson’s next generation of potential partners. Today’s mix of law school graduates is more diverse than ever and I’m eager to work with the Potter Anderson team to bring top talent to our state.”
Potter Anderson & Corroon is the oldest Delaware law firm and one of the ten oldest continuously practicing law firms in the country. Since its beginnings in 1826, Potter Anderson has become one of the largest and most highly regarded Delaware law firms, providing specialized legal services to its local, national and international clients. With nearly 100 active attorneys, the firm’s practice is centered on six major areas of law: Corporate Law, Corporate Litigation, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Restructuring/Bankruptcy, Healthcare and Employment.
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