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Ann K. Chapman


Ann K. Chapman first started practicing law in the bankruptcy field when she began work as an associate bankruptcy attorney for her now retired partner, Bob Vanden Bos, in 1985. Ann and Bob formed their law partnership in 1992 and practiced law together for more than three decades before Bob retired. Doug Ricks and Christopher Coyle, worked as associate attorneys for Ann and Bob for many years before becoming partners in 2016.

In addition to practicing law, Ann enjoys frequent opportunities to lecture on bankruptcy topics for the Oregon State Bar and Northwest Bankruptcy Institute. She also donates her time to the Pro Bono Clinic.

Ann is an avid golfer who has competed as an amateur since 2014 at both regional and national levels, first with the Executive Women’s Golf Association (“EWGA”) and later with the LPGA Amateurs, after it acquired the EWGA in 2018. As part of an eight women match team with the EWGA, “The Green Gang” (many U of O graduates on that team), her team won the EWGA Cup Championship, competing against 36 other teams to win a two day competition at the Reunion Golf Resort in Orlando, Florida. Five of those teams members joined three others that later formed the “Oregon Birdie Hunters” . The Oregon Birdie Hunters won the 2022 LPGA Amateur Cup, competing against 49 other teams at Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort in Texas, making Ann and four of her teammates, two time national champions in amateur team match play competition.


  • Louisiana State Bar, 1982 (inactive status)
  • Oregon State Bar, 1983
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1984

Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent for 25 years

Ann Chapman

  • William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982, top 1/3 in class)
  • University of Minnesota (B.S., with distinction, 1978)


  • Speaker, Oregon State Bar
  • Speaker, Oregon Law Institute
  • Speaker, Northwest Bankruptcy Institute
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Speaker, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Speaker, National Business Institute
  • Speaker, Willamette University College of Law
  • Speaker, Pro Bono Clinic
  • Speaker, Professional Women's Group, Dress for Success
  • Speaker, Oregon Attorney Assistance Program
  • Cable Television Program, Legal Links, Oregon State Bar
  • Interview, Portland Monthly Magazine, February 2008
  • Interview, OPB Radio, Oregon Territory – Bankruptcy, 2005
  • Interviews, KGW, Channel 8, Bankruptcy, Joe Smith Business Segment
  • Interviews, KEX Radio, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy
  • Interview, KXL Radio, Bankruptcy Reform Act 2005, Lars Larson
  • Interview, KXL Radio, Foreclosure Crisis, Brian Bushlach


  • Co-author, Bankruptcy and Family Law, 21 Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education; Family Law Section 21.1 (2002)
  • Author, "Practicing Law from the Heart," William Mitchell Magazine, Spring, 2001.
  • Author, "Sacred Duty," Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Aug/Sept. 2000 issue.
  • Author, "Letter to a Law School Graduate," Willamette Law Review, Spring 1999.
  • Author, "Reflections on Professionalism," Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, Fall 1998, p 3.
  • Co-Author, "Avoiding Malpractice Traps: Avoiding Judicial Liens," In Brief, Oct. 1994, p 1.
  • Columnist – various articles, Oregonian.
  • Quoted numerous times on bankruptcy topics: Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Business Journal, Willamette Week
  • William N. Stiles Debtor-Creditor Section AWARD OF MERIT, 2014. The Award of Merit is the highest honor presented by the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section. See here for the Award’s selection criteria.
  • AV® Rated Martindale-Hubbell® since 1996 (Highest Rating)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register – Preeminent® Law Firm AV Rating since March 1992 and personal lawyer AV rating in May of 1997
  • Oregon Super Lawyers® list (limited to top 5% of Oregon lawyers), 2010-present
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Clinic, since its inception over 15 years ago
  • Member and Volunteer Credit Abuse Resistance Education Committee (C.A.R.E.), Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Past Chair – Executive Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, WOMBATS (Women Bankruptcy Attorneys)
  • Chair, Professionalism Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Treasurer – Executive Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Secretary – Executive Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member at Large – Executive Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Chair, Consumer Law and Chapter 13 Subcommittee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Organizing Committee for Portrait Hanging Ceremony for U.S. Bankruptcy Judges, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Consumer Law and Chapter 13
  • Member, CLE Committee, Debtor-Creditor Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Portland Alano Club, Endowment Committee
  • Merit Screening Committee Member, Ninth Circuit Executive's Office
  • Member, William Mitchell Second Century Society
  • Member, Pro Bono Committee
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Clinic
  • Mediator, Pro Bono Clinic
  • Advisory Board Member, Past Director, Past President
  • Member, Portland Alano Club

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