Adam Y. Chang is a trial attorney and award-winning former prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He now focuses his practice on criminal defense and estate planning, where he helps individuals navigate the criminal justice system and advises families on their succession planning needs.
As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Chang prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases, ranging from low-level misdemeanors to special circumstance murders that are eligible for the death penalty. He has helped countless victims and sought justice against hundreds if not thousands of violent offenders and predators. While in the office, Mr. Chang was in an elite complex litigation assignment, called the Victim Impact Program, where he focused on vertically prosecuting and investigating domestic violence, rape, child abuse, and sex crime offenses. Mr. Chang’s innovative prosecutorial methods culminated in a published opinion by the California Appellate Court, in People v. Robert Miranda (2011) 199 Cal. App. 4th 1403, where the California Court of Appeal affirmed Mr. Chang’s methods to convict a defendant for the rape of his developmentally challenged granddaughter. Mr. Chang was also awarded one of the highest honors in his office, given to less than 1.5% of its prosecutors, for his successful prosecution of a gruesome double homicide gang shooting involving the Mexican Mafia in Azusa, CA.
Both as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney, Mr. Chang has handled every kind of criminal charge imaginable, from simple misdemeanor cases (such as DUIs, DMV license suspensions, thefts, burglaries, domestic violence, resisting arrest, vandalism, assault, prostitution, and drug cases) to juvenile matters to complex felonies such as homicides, sex crimes, rapes, and elaborate cross border money laundering schemes. He is an accomplished trial lawyer and has earned the respect from judges and opposing counsel alike.
Because of his work as a prosecutor and that as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Chang has also unfortunately witnessed tragedy first hand. He firmly believes individuals and families should plan ahead so that loved ones are cared for in the event of tragedy or death. Mr. Chang is dedicated to helping families with their estate planning needs through up to date wealth transfer tools and also making sure parents understand the importance of setting temporary and permanent guardianship for their children.
Mr. Chang has helped high net worth families achieve their succession planning needs. Mr. Chang works closely not just with the clients, but with their respective CPAs, financial planners, and even insurance agents, to devise and implement comprehensive, cutting edge plans to meet specific client needs. However, Mr. Chang also firmly believes estate planning is not exclusive to the rich and privileged. Any individual who owns a home or any family that has minor children needs to have professional assistance so that loved ones are cared for in the event of the unexpected.
A graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Mr. Chang was an extern in the chambers of the late Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, Judge for the United States District Court. While in law school, he won both individual and team awards for winning the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong, for his advocacy in an international sales dispute involving the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”). Mr. Chang holds dual degrees in Psychology and Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. He also earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from USC where he worked at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center conducting gene therapy, stem cell research in hopes of improving bone marrow transplants for cancer patients.
Mr. Chang regularly provides legal commentary for Chinese KAZN AM1300, World Journal, and Taiwan Daily newspapers. He is married and is the proud father of two young daughters. He is active in his community where he sits on the Board of the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel, Rotary Club of San Marino, and San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, hiking local mountain trails, and bike riding through the city. He is also a past volunteer coach and advisor for the Arcadia High School Mock Trial Team where his students won the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial Competition two years in a row.
- B.A., B.S., University of California, San Diego, 1998
- Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2005
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 2006
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- California Asian Insurance and Financial Professional Association
- Los Angeles County District Attorney Alumni Association
- San Gabriel Valley Bar Association
- San Marino Rotary