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Wendy Wen Yun Chang represents lawyers in all types of complex matters that involve the practice of the law, including risk management counseling, ethics, crises management, fee related issues, discipline defense, hotline counseling, professional liability and litigation defense. Ms. Chang is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Chang is a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and is an Advisor to the State Bar of California's Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct. She is a past chair of the State Bar of California's Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.

Ms. Chang also represents businesses in all types of business litigation, with particular emphasis in high exposure complex litigation, trials and appeals. Ms. Chang represents corporate and governmental entities in a variety of high exposure media interest litigation, including complex tort defense, fraud and conspiracy claims, insurance litigation (coverage litigation, bad faith), contracts, and complex business disputes from filing through mediation, trial, arbitration, and/or appeal. She regularly appears before the trial courts and the courts of appeal. Ms. Chang also represents businesses in defense of employment litigation, in discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. She has served as an independent workplace investigator for public entities in sensitive matters relating to human resource issues.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 2004, Ms. Chang was a senior associate at the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Los Angeles, where she focused on complex business litigation. Prior to Manatt, Ms. Chang was a senior associate with Baker, Keener & Nahra, a boutique Los Angeles trial firm, where her practice focused on litigation of high exposure and high profile matters. Ms. Chang has also served a stint as Vice President of Claims for a surety company, and was an intern for the Taipei-based law firm Lee & Li.

In May 2012, as the NAPABA representative, Ms. Chang met with President Barack Obama and senior Obama administration officials on the issue of judicial vacancies and the resulting crisis in the federal courts.

Ms. Chang has received recognition and commendations from a number of organizations, including the State of California Governor’s Office, California State Board of Equalization, the Speaker of the California State Assembly, the County of Los Angeles and the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chancery Club of Los Angeles, Member
  • American Bar Association
    • Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Member
    • Diversity Committee on Center for Professional Responsibility, Past Member
  • California State Bar
    • Commission for The Revision of The Rules of Professional Conduct, Advisor
    • Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), Advisor (2014–2015) and Chair (2013–2014)
    • Labor & Employment Section, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee (PREC), Member
    • State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member
    • Barristers (Young Lawyers Division), Executive Committee Member (1998–2002)
  • American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Professional Responsibility Advisor Panel, Member
  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, Member
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Member
    • Judiciary & Executive Nominations and Appointments Committee, Co-Chair
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
    • Supreme Court Review Committee, Chair of the Coordination Subcommittee, Member (2016)

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), Member
    • Appointive Office Committee, Chair (2009–2012)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles, Advisory Board, Member
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, Member
    • President (2002–2003)
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Pro Bono Advisory Counsel, Chair

Honors & Awards

  • NAPABA's Presidential Award, 2009
  • NAPABA's "Best Lawyers Under 40," 2009

Representative Matters

Ms. Chang’s reported decisions include:

  • Myrick v. Mastagni, (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 1082. Held: city ordinance retrofitting deadline does not insulate owners from negligence for death or injury that occurs from earthquake related damage occurring prior to the compliance date; Civil Code 1431.1 and 1431.2 limiting tort liability for non-economic damage does not apply to defendants in joint venture.
  • Zenith Insurance Company v. Cozen O’Connor, (2007) 148 Cal. App. 4th 998. Held: No duty of care owed by attorneys to reinsurer.

Presentations

Ms. Chang is the Conference Director for the Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Her recent presentations include:

  • "Presidential Appointments in the New Administration," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, November 5, 2016.

  • "An Insiders' Look Into the Federal Judicial Selection Process," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, November 4, 2016.

  • "So You Think You're Going to Be Sued or Have Been Sued – What Now," Solo and Small Firm Summit, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, November 3, 2016.

  • "Top Tips for Ensuring Cyber Compliance, Mitigating Risk of Breach and Post Breach Obligations" and "From Start to Finish – Top Tips for Client Engagements & Disengagements and Managing Risk of Liability to Phantom Clients," Bolton & Company Legal Risk Management & Compliance for Law Firms Series, Los Angeles, California, October 6, 2016.

  • "Legal Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Is It Time to Regulate AI?," Bloomberg BNA, webinar, August 25, 2016

  • "Working with the Civil Pro Se Litigant," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Young Lawyers Division, San Francisco, California, August 5, 2016.
  • "Ethical and Effective Use of Advance Waivers in Criminal and Civil Cases," Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter, Riverside, California, July 28, 2016.

  • "Rise of the Machines," (plenary), American Bar Association's 42nd National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2016.
  • "Key Ethical Issues When Ending the Attorney-Client Relationship," Bloomberg BNA, webinar, April 2016.
  • "Crises Management and Preparedness," National Association of Women Lawyers MidYear Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 11, 2016.

  • "To Serve or Be Served: Best Practices for Expert Witnesses," American Bar Association, webinar, March 8, 2016.
  • "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2016.
  • "Top Ethical Issues for Civil Defense Trial Lawyers and Litigators," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel 55th Annual Seminar, Los Angeles, California, February 25, 2016.

  • "Ethics and Risk Management for the Estate Planning Lawyer," Riverside County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section, Riverside, California, February 17, 2016.

  • "Cyber Security and Data Breaches: A Civil and Criminal Overview," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County, California, January 27, 2016.

  • "Ethics: All You Need to Know - Working With Difficult Clients," Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, January 9, 2016.

  • "Ethical Issues in Licensing," Understanding the Intellectual Property License, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, California, December 14, 2015.

  • "2015 MCLE Marathon," Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, California, December 7, 2015.
  • "The Year of the Hack and What Comes Next [Hint: Does Your Firm Have Cyber Risk Insurance?]," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6, 2015.
  • "Legal Ethics and Cybersecurity," 2015 Institute on Entertainment Law & Business, USC Gould School of Law and Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California, October 17, 2015.

  • "Ethics Update 2015: Significant Developments in the Law of Lawyering" and "Current Ethical Issues for In-House and Outside Counsel," State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, October 2015.

  • "Counseling Cybersecurity Risk Management," Minority Corporate Counsel Association CLE Expo., San Diego, California, October 7, 2015.

  • "The Net: Law Firm Cybersecurity," State Bar of California's Nineteenth Annual Ethics Symposium, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, April 20, 2015.

  • "Cyber Security for Law Firms: Ethical Obligations and Insurance," Orange County Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, March 25, 2015, Newport Beach, California, March 25, 2015.

  • "Two Lawyers, One Client: Ethical Issues in Co-Counsel Relationships," ALI-CLE Telephone Seminar/Audio Webcast, February 11, 2015.

  • "Current Ethical Issues for In-House and Outside Counsel," USC Gould School of Law 2015 Tax Institute, Los Angeles, California, January 2015.

  • "Ethically Managing Conflicts and Client Relationships" and "Recent Developments in the Law Governing Attorneys" at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) California MCLE Marathon 2014: Current Developments in Legal Ethics - Substance Abuse - Elimination of Bias in the Profession seminar, San Francisco, California, December 2014.
  • "Top 10 Ethical Mistakes Litigators Make, and How To Avoid Them," Santa Barbara County Bar Association - Litigation Section program, Santa Barbara, California, November 2014.
  • "Hot Topics in Inside Counsel Outside Counsel Attorney Client Relationship Management," 2014 NAPABA Annual Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2014.
  • "Current Ethical Issues for In-House and Outside Counsel," USC Gould School of Law/Beverly Hills Bar Association 2014 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Los Angeles, California, October 2014.

  • "Ethics Update 2014," State Bar of California Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, September 2014.

  • "Increasing the Diversity of the Bench in the Federal and State Courts: Why is Diversity Important and How Can That Be Achieved?," Multi Cultural Bar Alliance, Los Angeles, California, July 2014.
  • "Dealing with Difficult Clients While Maintaining Your Professional Responsibility," State Bar of California Small & Solo Summit, Newport Beach, California, June 2014.
  • "Ethics in Litigation [In-Firm Privilege, Negotiations]," The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Group, audio webcast, May 2014.
  • "Trial Ethics: Don't Risk Your Soul to Win a Point," State Bar of California's Eighteenth Annual Ethics Symposium, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, April 2014.
  • "Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation," Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Pasadena, California, February 2014. 
  • "Identifying and Addressing the Ethical Impact of Technology on Today's Law Practice," Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, Los Angeles, California, January 2014.
  • "Joint Representation—Avoiding the Ethical Risk," webinar, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE), December 2013.
  • "California MCLE Marathon 2013," Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, California, December 2013.
  • "MCLE Hot Topics Series—Unbundled Legal Services," LA Law Library Pro Bono Week, Los Angeles, California, October 2013.
  • "Dealing with Difficult Clients," 26th Annual CELA Employment Law Conference, California Employment Lawyers Association, San Jose, California, October 2013.
  • "Surviving the State Bar and Angry Clients," The State Bar of California Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, October 2013.
  • "Ethics Update 2013—Significant Developments in the Law of Lawyering," The State Bar of California Annual Meeting, San Jose, California, October 2013.
  • "Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Your Own Words (and Conduct) Might Really Hurt You," co-moderator, Seventeenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, State Bar of California's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, Los Angeles, California, April 2013.
  • "Ethics in Litigation: What Today’s Trial Lawyers Need to Know," The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Group, audio webcast, April 2013.
  • "Surviving the State Bar and Angry Clients," USC Gould School of Law 2013 Tax Institute, Los Angeles, California, January 2013.
  • "Protecting Privilege and Confidentiality: New Challenges," "New Frontiers: Lawyers’ Conflicting Ethical Responsibilities Across Different Borders," and "Recent Developments in the Law Governing Attorneys," PLI's California MCLE Marathon 2012: Current Developments in Legal Ethic—Substance Abuse—Elimination of Bias in the Profession, December 2012.
  • "Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor," co-moderator, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Installation GALA Banquet, Washington D.C., November 2012.
  • "Hurdling the State Bar—Current Ethical Issues," 2012 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, USC Gould School of Law and Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, October 2012.
  • "Conflicts 101—How to Identify and Deal With Them," The State Bar of California 85th Annual Meeting, Monterey, California, October 2012.
  • "Can In-House Counsel Protect Communications Within the Firm?," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, June 2012.
  • "The Ethical and Practical Implications of Shared Client Representations," State Bar of California's Sixteenth Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, May 2012.
  • "Crisis Management for In-House Attorneys: Business and Ethical Considerations," Strafford, live webinar, May 2012.
  • "When Consent is Not Enough: Ethical Issues in Joint Representations," American Lawyer Institute/American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), live webinar, March 2012.
  • "Ethical Implications of Technology Use in Your California Law Practice," Disability Rights of California, live webinar, March 2012.
  • "Recent Developments Concerning the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection for In-House and Law Firm General Counsel," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2012.
  • "Dealing with Difficult Clients," State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, September 2011.
  • "Ethics in a Wireless World," Kolodny & Anteau, Beverly Hills, California, July 2011.
  • "The In-House Lawyer as Plaintiff: Legal and Ethical Considerations Surrounding How In House Counsel Can Sue for Wrongful Termination—a Jurisdictional Analysis," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, May 2011.
  • "Establishing and Maintaining Successful and Profitable Client Relationships: Strategies for Appropriate Client Selection," OC Managing Partners, Los Angeles, California, May 2011.
  • "Disbarment Cocktail: 1 Drop of Thoughtless E-Mail Plus 2 Drops of Questionable Judgment," Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) 10th Annual CLE Expo, Chicago, Illinois, March 2011.
  • "You Can Do It! (Lawyering and Mothering)," Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Loyola Law School Women’s Law Association, Los Angeles, California, March 2011.
  • "Diversity on the Bench," University of Southern California Gould School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Los Angeles, California, March 2011.
  • "Using Pretrial Remedies—Anti-SLAPP Statutes and Other Evidentiary Early Disposition Motions," Hinshaw’s annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2011.
  • "Best Practices for Protecting Your Law Practice from Lawsuits and/or Discipline," Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Los Angeles, California, January 2011.
  • "Strategic Considerations for Navigating the Anti-SLAPP Statutes for Claims Against Lawyers," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, December 2010.
  • "Five Ways to Protect Yourself from Being Sued or Disciplined," Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, Riverside, California, September 2010.
  • "Risk Management Issues in Having a Green, Paperless Law Practice," West LegalEdcenter, live webcast, September 2010.
  • "Screening in California: The Evolving Debate," Fourteenth Annual California State Bar Ethics Symposium in San Francisco, California, May 2010.

Publications

In September 2010, Ms. Chang was interviewed along with certain United States Senators on National Public Radio (NPR) and quoted in the article "No Clear Path Yet For Many Obama Judicial Nominees," which appears on the NPR website. Ms. Chang was interviewed for the judiciary work she has been doing with NAPABA as part of a larger story about the stalled judicial nominations. The article is available and the interview can be heard on the NPR website.

Her publications include:

Community/Civic Activities

  • Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, Past Board of Directors
  • Asian Pacific Women's Center (domestic violence housing for women and children) Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Alliance on Children’s Rights Foster Adoption Project, Past Volunteer Advocate
  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles Alumni Association, Past Board Member

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School, 1995

  • Executive Editor and Chief Articles Editor, Entertainment Law Journal
  • First Recipient, Justice Elwood Lui Scholarship

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1992

  • Member, Dean's List

Admissions