Meet the Barrister – Bob Chapski

A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer


Lewis Thomason: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Bob Chapski: I enjoy problem solving and the satisfaction of coming up with a creative solution to a client’s problem. There’s often “more than meets the eye” in the claims we defend and I like seeing the full picture develop.

Lewis Thomason: You’re stranded on a desert island – what music are you listening to?
Bob Chapski: Tough question for me since I tend to go through different music phases, much to my wife and kids’ chagrin. I guess I would wish to have access to the Pandora app on my island. Can I do that?

Lewis Thomason: What do you want your legacy to be?
Bob Chapski: “Bob was a good husband, father, and hard-working lawyer who did his clients right and worked well with his partners and adversaries alike.”

Lewis Thomason: What is one thing on your bucket list and why?
Bob Chapski: I’d like to do a lot more international travel. Last year, I, my wife and children all renewed our passports so we could travel to at least one place a year which requires a passport for entry. We started with Iceland, which was awesome.

Lewis Thomason: What book is on your bedside table (or on your e-reader)?
Bob Chapski: Let me give you two since I tend to switch back and from mindless (or sometimes thought-provoking) fiction and non-fiction. I just finished “Ready Player One”, a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline, which is cool because (a) it is sci-fi, which I LOVE and (b) it has a lot of TV, movie and video game references from the 80’s, which brings back, some fond memories of Atari, Knight Rider, etc. On a more serious note, I am also reading “The Frontline Generation, How We Served Post 9/11” by Marjorie Eastman. Ms. Eastman spoke at a recent Nashville Rotary event about military service, which I have always had an admiration for because some of my family background and my former attendance at military boarding high school. I’m almost getting too old to serve, but it may still yet happen…

Lewis Thomason: Where is the best place you have ever visited?
Bob Chapski: I’ve been to some pretty great places and hopefully more to come but the Princeville Resort on Kauai was one of the best.

Lewis Thomason: If you could change careers, what would you choose?
Bob Chapski: Sometimes I have this fantasy of becoming a forest ranger in Montana (Glacier National Park) but I guess more realistically, in the past, I thought about being an FBI agent (I served as an intern at FBI HQ one summer in college). I’d also love to open up an independent book and coffee shop.

Lewis Thomason: What type of kid were you (e.g. spoiled, rebellious, well-behaved, quiet, obnoxious…)?
Bob Chapski: Rule-follower.

Lewis Thomason: What’s your favorite way to waste time?

Bob Chapski: I have plenty of ways to waste time. Netflix, reading fiction, and non-fiction, video games, building Lego sets with my kids…

Lewis Thomason: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Bob Chapski: Did I mention I’d like to travel internationally more?


Chapski-1981Bob Chapski is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Lewis Thomason, P.C. and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as well as chair of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group.  Mr. Chapski regularly represents businesses and individuals and is experienced in a variety of litigation-related practice fields including product liability, tort, commercial/business litigation and employment law.  He represents various national clients in complex, high-exposure federal and state court matters.  He has served as both lead trial counsel and appellate counsel.  His jury trial experience includes product liability matters as well as other tort and business litigation matters.  Mr. Chapski frequently speaks on topics related to business and product liability litigation and, in addition to various bar memberships; he is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Product Liability Advisory Council.  Mr. Chapski has been honored by Best Lawyers, Mid-South Super Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating first in his class at both institutions


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