Terry J. Chapko

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Mr. Chapko has been practicing employment law in California since 1995. He has extensive experience handling discrimination, harassment, disability, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.

After working for defense firms representing large corporate employers for nearly nine years, Mr. Chapko opened his own law firm in 2004. He has represented employees on an exclusive basis since 2004. Mr. Chapko has litigated individual and class-action cases on behalf of employees against some of the largest employers in the United States and San Diego County, including AT&T, Starbucks, SAIC, and Vons-Safeway. Mr. Chapko is member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Labor and Employment Section of the California State Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the San Diego County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Federal District Courts in California. Mr. Chapko has been named a “San Diego Super Lawyer” in Employment and Labor by his peers for 11 consecutive years.


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Grinnell College
    • B.A. - 1988