The SFC Team

Stark, Friedman & Chapman LLP (SFC) was founded in October 2012. Prior to founding SFC, Patrick Stark, Jason Friedman, & Christofer Chapman worked together as partners at Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar, LLP. While working at FWHB, they realized there was a growing demand for them to help and protect tenant rights.

The attorneys at SFC fight to protect tenant rights in habitability cases. The SFC team is staffed with case coordinators, administrative and secretarial assistants, a paralegal, and attorneys are bilingual in Spanish and Khmer. The team works to provide the best service for their clients and to successfully complete their actions against their landlords. We have represented thousands of tenants who lived (or are living) in large residential complexes in substandard conditions.

The team at Stark, Friedman, & Chapman has secured millions of dollars in settlements for tenants and their families to compensate them for physical injury and property damage resulting from living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

Patrick J. Stark has specialized practices in the areas of housing and habitability law. He has well rounded experience dealing with habitability cases. Mr. Stark has strong knowledge of the roles for both parties in housing rights and tenant actions because of his experience on defending landlords and continuing actions for tenants living in poor conditions against their slumlords. Prior to concentrating in habitability and housing law suits, Mr. Stark specialized in the defense of lawsuits involving products liability; premises liability, including criminal acts of third parties; construction site accidents; homeowners’ association disputes; security cases, including false arrest; breach of implied warranty of habitability and quiet enjoyment claims; mold/sick building cases; and employment matters. Mr. Stark has defended corporations, private individuals, and insurance companies in numerous high-profile matters, including catastrophic injury and multi-plaintiff/high-exposure litigation for the past 21+ years. He also has extensive experience handling class action litigation.

Mr. Stark joined the State Bar of California in 1989 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has extensive trial experience, having tried matters in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Riverside Counties, most often to defense verdicts. He has been a guest lecturer on topics of legal interest to his clients, including on the notable proliferation of implied warranty of habitability claims. Mr. Stark attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, on a merit scholarship, receiving his J.D. in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1986.

Mr. Stark is originally from Minnesota and now resides in Southern California with his wife, while his son attends college.

Jason B. Friedman specializes in the areas of housing and habitability law. Mr. Friedman earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School where he was a recipient of the school's First Honors Award. He began his legal career working as an Immigration attorney for Catholic Charities. Prior to matriculating to law school, Mr. Friedman played professional baseball in the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners organizations. During his professional baseball career he attended U.C. Riverside in the off season. Upon concluding his baseball career, Mr. Friedman completed his undergraduate education at California State University, Long Beach. Thereafter, Mr. Friedman worked as a teacher at Hawthorne Middle School while attending Loyola Law School.

Mr. Friedman is licensed to practice in California, Nevada, New York and Massachusetts. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two kids.

Christofer R. Chapman has specialized practiced in the areas of housing and habitability law. Mr. Chapman previously practiced on construction and product defect litigation as well as mold claims. He defended corporations, private individuals, and insurance companies with a special emphasis on defense of high profile construction injury and defect actions for construction companies, manufacturers, design professionals, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Chapman has extensive experience with court-ordered and binding arbitration and mediation.

A member of the State Bar of California since 1991, he is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He has been a member of the Inns of Court, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Chapman received his degree in 1990 from Southwestern University School of Law. He obtained his B.A. in Spanish/History in 1982 and a Masters of Arts Degree in Secondary Education in 1984. He began his legal career with defense firms in the Inland Empire and Orange County, before coming to Long Beach. Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Mr. Chapman is fluent in Spanish. He has two kids and lives in Southern California with his wife.