Adam Y. Chang is a trial attorney and award-winning former prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He focuses his practice on estate planning, wealth preservation, and advises a host of small businesses ranging from international retail manufacturers to national tour companies.
A graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Mr. Chang was an extern in the chambers of the late Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, Judge for the United States District Court. He is also the recipient of the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition award, 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 the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he conducted gene therapy, stem cell, and cancer research.
Mr. Chang is an award-winning former Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He has helped countless victims, and prosecuted hundreds if not thousands of violent offenders and predators. 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 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.
Mr. Chang now focuses his practice on estate planning and wealth preservation. Mr. Chang is dedicated to helping families be proactive to attain and maintain their estate planning goals through cutting-edge wealth transfer tools. Mr. Chang works closely with not just the clients, but their respective CPAs, financial planners, and even insurance agents, to devise and implement comprehensive plans that meet specific client needs.
Though Mr. Chang has helped high net worth families achieve their succession planning needs, Mr. Chang 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, deserves to have professional assistance so that in the event of tragedy, loved ones are cared for. Mr. Chang believes that we all work hard in our lifetime to save not only for the future, but for our children. No one or family should make the mistake of not planning, and needlessly lose a large portion of their hard earned money.
Mr. Chang seeks to create personal and specifically tailored wealth transfer plans that can not only address current situational needs but through future collaborations can adapt and evolve to future goals. Mr. Chang offers counsel on transfer planning techniques such as:
- revocable living trusts
- cutting edge lifetime gift programs
- sophisticated charitable giving
- life insurance trust
- out of state irrevocable trusts
Mr. Chang has extensive experience handling a broad spectrum of estate planning work for our clients.
Mr. Chang also provides legal commentary Chinese TV LA 18, Chinese radio KAZN 1300, Chinese World Journal and Taiwan Daily Newspapers. He is married and is the proud father of two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf 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 Los Angeles County Title two years in row.
- B.A., B.S., University of California, San Diego, 1998
- Ph.D., University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 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