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Wendy Chang Quoted in Law360 Article on Civility in the Legal Profession

March 16, 2016

Wendy Wen Yun Chang, a Los Angeles-based partner in the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was quoted in the article "When Lawyers Attack: Bad Behavior On The Rise In The Legal Profession" published by Law360 on March 11, 2016. 

The article examines the recent trend seen in the legal profession — a growing culture of unprofessionalism, rudeness and intentional uncooperativeness among lawyers — and the creation of a movement by a collection of states and organizations to reaffirm the importance of civility in the law.

The article several possible causes for this trend, one being the influx of lawyers in the marketplace, particularly mobile lawyers who practice across different jurisdictions, meaning that the chances of attorneys sitting across from an opposing counsel who is a complete stranger are greater. Ms. Chang is quoted as saying "[w]ith more lawyers in general, there is a smaller possibility that any lawyer will have to one day work again with an opposing counsel, especially in the civil litigation arena, and some develop an unfortunate sense that they are insulated from any consequences for uncivil behavior."

Read the full article "When Lawyers Attack: Bad Behavior On The Rise In The Legal Profession" on the Law360 website. Please note, a subscription may be required. 

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, and litigation defense. 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.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.