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Adam Y. Chang

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Education

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • California Asian Insurance and Financial Professional Association
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney Alumni Association
  • Los Angeles County Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment (ICDA) Panel

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 criminal defense and advises a host of small businesses ranging from international retail manufacturers to national tour companies.

As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Chang prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases, ranging from driving under the influence cases to gang murders. In 2008, Mr. Chang was hand picked as part of the Office’s prestigious Victim Impact Program, a specialized complex litigation unit that focuses on the vertical prosecution and investigation of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, and sex crime offenses, where he tried numerous felony jury trials to verdict and prevailed. One of his successful jury trials even 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. In 2009, with less than two-and-a-half years in the Office, Mr. Chang was assigned a gruesome double homicide gang shooting out of Azusa with a special circumstance allegation that made the crimes eligible for the death penalty. Mr. Chang’s conviction in that case, after a contentious, drawn-out jury trial, earned him an award from the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, one of the Office’s most highest honors and awarded to less than 1.5% of its prosecutors.

Throughout his career, Mr. Chang has handled every kind of criminal charge imaginable, from simple misdemeanor cases (including DUIs, DMV hearings, license suspensions, thefts, burglaries, battery and domestic violence, resisting arrest, vandalism, assault, and drug cases) to complex felonies including murder, robbery, threes strikes, fraud, sex crimes, rape, and child abuse. He is an accomplished trial lawyer, has earned commendations from judges and opposing counsel alike, and serves on the Los Angeles County Indigent Criminal Defense Appointment (ICDA) Panel.

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. His strong interest in the sciences continues even until today where he actively advises technology and medical startup companies.

Mr. Chang provides legal commentary for the Chinese World Journal and the Taiwan Daily. He is married and is the proud father of a daughter. 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.