Anne M. Chapman


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Anne Chapman, a former Assistant Federal Defender, has defended clients in criminal cases and assisted companies with internal and governmental investigations for the over twenty years.  

Anne is an experienced trial attorney. She has tried and defended complex criminal cases involving bank, mail and wire fraud, mortgage fraud, forfeiture, identity theft, money laundering, privacy violations, terrorism offenses, narcotics, immigration issues, firearms smuggling, criminal copyright and trademark allegations, and the Classified Information Procedures Act.  Anne also frequently defends clients in False Claims Act matters and has expertise in defending clients in consumer fraud actions.  She is regularly called upon to help clients navigate the intersection of civil actions and parallel criminal investigations.

Anne also has a wealth of experience representing individual and corporate clients in connection with regulatory and enforcement investigations and indictments, internal investigations, and deferred prosecution agreements.  She has defended clients in a variety of industries in investigations by DOJ, SEC, IRS, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and State Attorney General actions.  Anne often serves as counsel to Special Litigation Committees and has been selected to conduct investigations on behalf of governmental entities.  She also counsels clients on anti-corruption measures and conducts trainings on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance.  Chambers USA recognizes her as a leader in the field of white collar criminal defense.  

As an Assistant Federal Public Defender Anne was involved in the defense of a death penalty case alleging conspiracy to participate in the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001.  After an eight week jury trial the client was sentenced to life in prison.  Anne now consults with the American Civil Liberties Union’s John Adams’ Project in defending a death penalty case in the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Anne is appointed by the Maricopa County Superior Court to chair the Capital Defense Review Committee of Maricopa County and has served on the Committee since its inception in 2012.


In addition to being an accomplished criminal defense attorney, Anne is a sought after speaker and writer. She has recently written on attorney client privilege issues in internal investigations, and has made presentations across the country on a wide range of issues including defending conspiracy cases, attorney client privilege issues in criminal cases, and defense of False Claims Act violations.

Anne received her J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude from the University of Oregon. Following graduation, Anne was a law clerk to Federal District Judge Robert H. Whaley.

  • Representation of clients in forfeiture seizure of property by Arizona Attorney General resulting in return of all client property and forfeiture declination by Attorney General.
  • Representation of public entity in Hatch Act investigation by the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Representation of refinance company in investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which resulted in settlement agreement.
  • Negotiation of settlement and diversion agreement with Department of Commerce and U.S. Attorney’s Office for violations of Export Administration Regulations.
  • Representation of mortgage bank in False Claims Act class action resulting in dismissal of claims against client.
  • Internal investigation for government contracting client and representation of client in successful pre-intervention negotiations with Department of Justice to resolve qui tam suit.
  • Represented government contractor in pre-intervention negotiation and settlement of False Claims Act action.
  • Represented multiple employees of national company in large-scale FBI mail- and wire-fraud investigation into manipulation of customer contracts resulting in no charges against clients.
  • Conducted internal investigation for cybersecurity firm concerning allegations of board-member misconduct.
  • Trial counsel for penalty phase of death penalty case for client charged with terrorism offenses resulting in life verdict.
  • Representation of client charged with participating in a criminal syndicate resulting in remand to grand jury.
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.
  • Phoenix Best Lawyers®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year.
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, White-Collar Criminal Defense.
  • Super Lawyers Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona.
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Attorneys in Arizona.
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Federal Defenders, May 2006.
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Phoenix Chapter Leader.
  • Maricopa County Superior Court’s Capital Defense Review Committee, Chair.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2009-2012; Co-Chair, Death Penalty Committee 2012-2014; White Collar Crime Committee 2013-present.
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section.
  • Arizona State Bar, Indigent Defense Task Force, Member.
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member.
  • Federal Bar Association, Member.
  • Supreme Court of Arizona’s Independent Bar Counsel Attorney Panel.
  • Osborn Maledon, Partner, Investigations & Criminal Defense Group (2007-2016).
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia (2002-2007).
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, Judge Robert H. Whaley (2000 – 2001).
  • McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, Associate (1999-2000).
  • “Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen Due To Appear In Arkansas Federal Court,” KJZZ Radio, October 29, 2019 (Guest Legal Analysis)   Link
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, Presented with Kathleen Brody “Important Developments in Attorney-Client Privilege: A review of recent cases involving the corporate attorney-client privilege and internal investigation documents and discussion of how to safeguard the privilege of investigation” Phoenix, AZ, October 21, 2014.
  • What to Do When the Attorney General, Auditor General, and Other Agencies Start Asking Questions?, Presentation with Kathleen Brody to Arizona School Boards Association Law Conference, September 5, 2013.
  • Conspiracy- Defending Against the Prosecutor’s Darling, Panel presentation, NACDL’s 3rd Annual West Coast White Collar Conference, June 6, 2013.
  • Conducting Effective Internal Investigations and Avoiding Liability Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Presentation with Joseph N. Roth to Arizona State Bar – Business Law Section, May 15, 2013.
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter Presented with Geoffrey M.T. Sturr “Government Contracts – False Claims Act Liability” Phoenix, AZ, February 21, 2012.
  • American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative, “Study Tour on Minimum Representation Standards in Death Penalty Cases,” presented talk to delegates from China, “The ABA Guidelines: What differences have they made?,” Phoenix, Arizona, August 23, 2010.
  • Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty, Arizona State University School of Justice and Social Inquiry, ACLU of Arizona, Amnesty International, and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, “Perspectives on the Death Penalty,” Phoenix, Arizona, April 5, 2008; gave talk “The Death Penalty and Terrorism:  The Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui.”
  • Working with Survivors of Capital Crimes: Defense Initiated Victim Outreach, Phoenix, Arizona, March 27, 2008; presented trainings on “Victim Outreach from a Defense Attorney Perspective” and “Victim Outreach, Lessons from the Zacarias Moussaoui Trial.”
  • Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel Project and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 4th National Seminar on the Development and Integration of Mitigation Evidence, Washington D.C., March 29 -April 1, 2007; presented workshops on victim outreach in capital cases.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Southern Center for Human Rights, Making the Case for Life:  Mitigation and Jury Selection in Capital Cases, Las Vegas Nevada, September 30, 2006; presented seminar on mitigation in capital cases.
  • Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College, Santa Clara, California, August 9, 2006; presented workshop on defense based victim outreach and supervised sessions with students responsible for capital cases at various stages.
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Annual Airlie House Conference, Warrenton, Virginia, July 2, 2006; presented panel discussion with members of trial team on the Moussaoui case experience and gave workshop on investigation and presentation of multi-cultural mitigation.
  • Soros Justice Fellows Annual Meeting, New York, New York, 2006; participated in panel presentation of “Criminal Justice Advocacy Against the Backdrop of Terror” for annual meeting of Soros Justice Fellowship recipients past and present.
  • Drug offenses under Title 21 of the United States Code, including Booker decision, and issues in the Moussaoui case, lecture, Criminal  Law Class of Charles L. B. Lowndes Professor of Law Sara Sun Beale, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 2005.
  • ‘Attorney-Client Privilege In Internal Investigations: Best Practices and Lessons from Recent Cases’ with Kathleen Brody, The Champion, September/October 2015.
  • ‘Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the Financial services Industry: Trends and Tips’ with Kathleen Brody, The Champion, June 2013.

Community Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2012-Present; President, 2012-2014

  • Arizona, 2008
  • Virginia, 2002
  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2002
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1999
"She is a fabulous lawyer with deep experience and incredible tactical and strategic judgment."
“She inspires confidence with her definitive counsel and is incredibly effective."
“Clients describe Anne Chapman as an ‘incredible lawyer and counselor’ who provides ‘instrumental’ support in government investigations and white-collar matters.”
"Anne Chapman is described by sources as ‘brilliant – the client is lucky to have her on the team.’"

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