Cyndie Chang is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Chang litigates complex business, class action, and commercial disputes involving contracts, products liability, product safety and recall, business torts and fraud, collections, unfair competition, antitrust, construction defect, trademarks, trade secrets, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), California Proposition 65, entertainment, and real estate law.
Further, she litigates insurance coverage issues, including significant environmental, asbestos, toxic tort and long tail liability claims, as well as subrogation, contribution, bad faith and reinsurance disputes. She also counsels insurers on complicated claims management and coverage issues involving first party and third party claims.
Her services have spanned various industries, including fashion, retail, and consumer goods, service providers, insurance, manufacturing, energy, utilities, and telecommunications.
Ms. Chang has represented many public and private businesses, including Fortune 500 companies and celebrities, and has obtained favorable results serving as first chair in state and federal trial and arbitration, leading joint defense groups in complex cases, and resolving cases through creative settlements and dispositive motions.
Ms. Chang has also been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Diversity Journal, Diversity Executive, the Daily Journal and other legal publications.
Her service to the bar includes service as President of NAPABA for the 2016-2017 term, with previous service as its President-Elect, Vice-President of Communications, Secretary and Regional Governor for the Central District, which encompassed over ten minority interest bar organizations in Southern California.
NAPABA is the national voice for the Asian American legal profession and represents the interests of over 50,000 Asian American lawyers and over 75 national, state, and local bar associations. She is also the Past President of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (“SCCLA”), one of the oldest and largest Asian-American bar associations in the country.
In the community, Ms. Chang currently serves on the Board of Directors for Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Community Fund (“APCF”), a non-profit organization that supports Asian Pacific Islander communities in need and generates funding for 29 affiliate agencies in Southern California.
She also serves on the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA) Pro Bono Advisory Council. She also represented AAAJ in a highly-publicized pro bono matter regarding the constitutionality of a proposed business sign ordinance requiring use of the modern Latin alphabet (e.g., English) in the City of Monterey Park. Ms. Chang is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
- Obtained resolution for national retail chains against allegations of website accessibility issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Obtained compensatory and punitive damages, and prejudgment interest, resulting in a multi-million dollar award after leading an over 3-week jury trial on behalf of foreign investor involving commercial real estate fraud.
- Counsel for lead party in a multimillion-dollar environmental coverage action arising from perchloroethylene (“PCE”) contamination. Briefings addressed novel issues under California law regarding coverage for the settlement of punitive damage claims and an excess insurer’s duty to defend.
- Representation of corporations, including publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 companies, in contract, indemnity, licensing, trade secret and commercial lease disputes.
- Representation of national restaurant chains in local commercial litigation disputes; Prevailed at binding arbitration on behalf of national fast food chain against a $8.6 million claim for damages. See West’s Trial Digest, 2 TD 13th 25.
- Representation of major oil company in eminent domain matters.
- Representation of companies in environmental liability disputes.
- Representation of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (“AAAJ-LA”) on a high-profile pro bono matter regarding the constitutionality of a proposed business sign ordinance requiring modern Latin alphabet (e.g., English) in the City of Monterey Park. AAAJ honored the Firm, as well as Cyndie Chang, of the Los Angeles office, in its Pro Bono Spotlight and with its 2014 annual Pro Bono Service Award.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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