Claire Chapla

Associate Washington, D.C.
Claire Chapla
Claire L. Chapla is an associate in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, based in the Washington, D.C. office. She focuses on class actions, appellate and constitutional law, and other high-stakes business disputes.

Claire litigates high-stakes trial and appellate engagements in state and federal courts nationwide involving the food and beverage, transportation, healthcare, financial services, media, and consumer products sectors. She has handled claims across many substantive areas of law, including consumer protection, product liability, employment law, ERISA, and state tort law. Claire also counsels regarding litigation and corporate risks, particularly those arising from environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.

Some of Claire’s recent experience includes*:

  • Representing a global food and beverage company in a dispute with a supplier regarding exclusive distribution rights to certain beverage products.
  • Representing a major Class I railroad in a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Representing a trade association in the successful defeat of a petition for review of agency action in the D.C. Circuit.
  • Representing a major media company in two federal class actions challenging the classification of sports bloggers as independent contractors.
  • Representing a leading paper manufacturer in a mass tort class action trial in federal court, resulting in a unanimous jury verdict affirmed on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Representing a global food and beverage manufacturer in class actions alleging consumer deception.
  • Serving as pro bono counsel appointed by the Third Circuit to represent a petitioner challenging a final order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Claire earned her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a Managing Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. During law school, she studied abroad at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, where she completed legal coursework in French, and interned with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012, Claire graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Comparative Studies.

Claire served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.

Prior to joining Weil, she worked at another global law firm.

Claire is proficient in French and conversant in Spanish.

* includes matters handled prior to joining Weil