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Judge Wendy Wen Yun Chang received her B.A. as a member of the Dean’s List from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1992 and her J.D. as the first recipient of the Justice Elwood Lui Scholarship from Loyola Law School in 1995. After passing the California bar in 1995, she worked as an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP from 1996-1997, at Selman Breitman LLP from 1997-1998, at Baker, Keener and Nahra from 1998-2003, and then as a senior associate at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips LLP from 2003-2004. In 2004, she joined Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP first as an associate, and then was elevated to partner in 2008. Her focus in private practice was complex business litigation, insurance, employment defense, and legal malpractice. She was a Certified Specialist by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization in Legal Malpractice Law. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2018, and is a democrat.



High Court Weighs New Prosecutor Rule [MCLE] – Daily Journal – October 2018

The new conduct rules: a snapshot – Daily Journal – October 2018

Co-contributor to Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview – Regulation of the Legal Profession Global Guide – April 2017

Fee Divisions Among Lawyers (1.5.1), Special Coverage Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct – Daily Journal – April 2017

Bar Unleashes Attorney Blogging Opinion – Daily Journal, Professional Responsibility (MCLE) – January 2017

The law of lawyer conflicts in 2016 – Daily Journal, Professional Responsibility (MCLE) – December 2016

New Model Rule 8.4(g) makes knowing discrimination and harassment a black letter ethical violation – Women’s Law Journal, Vol. 101, No. 4, National Association of Women Lawyers – Winter 2016

Managing Client Intake to Increase Profitability, The Mechanics of Law Firm Profitability: People, Process, and Technology – Ark Group – November 2016

A New Model Anti-Discrimination Rule – Daily Journal, Professional Responsibility (MCLE) – August 2016

Trial Ethics: Witnesses – California Litigation Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 2 – August 2016

Time to Regulate AI in the Legal Profession? (Perspective) – Bloomberg Law – July 2016

Lawyers Lead Change Yet Lag Behind – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – June 2016

Fair Report Privilege Applies to Press Release – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – May 2016

Political Fundraising Ethics for Judges and Judicial Candidates – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – April 2016

Enforcing Advance Conflict Waivers – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – February 2016

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers in the Age of the Cloud – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – March 2015

California Recognizes the In-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege – LACBA Update, Vol. 35, No. 2 – February 2015

What’s New In Updated E-Discovery Ethics Opinion – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – January 2015

Leadership Corner: Jenny R. Yang [Chair, EEOC], To Protect and to Serve – NAPABA Newsletter, Vol. XXIV, No. 4 – Fall 2014

Can You Contract That Work Out? – Daily Journal, Ethics/Professional Responsibility – September 2014

Confidentiality for Attorney-Plaintiffs – Daily Journal, Law Practice – September 2014

Co-contributor to The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter – Recent Developments in Risk Management – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP – September 2014

If I Report that, Won’t My Insurance Premiums Go Up? – Lawyers for the Profession Blog – August 2014

Accurate classification of a retainer fee is critical for ethical case handling – California Bar Journal – August 2014

With the Unfinished Business Rule, Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Daily Journal, Perspectives – July 2014

Co-contributor to The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter – Recent Developments in Risk Management – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP – February 2014

California Clarifies Ethical Duties of Lawyers Who Receive Privileged Documents Sent From Third Parties Without Consent of the Privilege Owner – dritoday – December 2013

Co-contributor to The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter – Recent Developments in Risk Management – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP – September 2013

Co-author of Supreme Court Clarifies Role of Trial Judge in Determining Admissibility of Expert Testimony – California Bar Journal – January 2013

How Limited is Your Limited Scope Representation? – LACBA Update, Vol. 32, No. 10 – November 2012

Is There a Law Firm In-House Attorney Client Privilege? – California Bar Journal – November 2012

Co-contributor to The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter – Recent Developments in Risk Management – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP – November 2012

Ethical and Effective Use of Advance Conflict Waivers – California Bar Journal – October 2012

New Lawyer Survival: Social Media as Law Practice Tool – The Lawyers Guide to Tips and Traps – Survival Guide, published by the Solo and Small Firm section of the State Bar of California – Summer 2012

Outsource, Ethically – California Bar Journal – August 2012

Co-contributor to The Lawyers’ Lawyer Newsletter – Recent Developments in Risk Management – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP – June 2012

Ethical Rules Require Reasonable Care When Using Technology in the Practice of Law – LACBA Update, Vol. 32, No. 2 – February 2012

Are You Properly Engaged? – Big Meeting Magazine, a publication of the Small and Solo Section of the State Bar of California – 2011

Resist Temptation: Reviewing Privileged Documents You Are Not Supposed to Have – LACBA Update, Vol. 31, No. 8 – September 2011

Advancing Yourself, Advancing Your Career – ABA Young Lawyer – August 2001

Must I Really Turn Down That Referral Fee – GP Solo, a publication of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association, Vol. 28, No. 5 – July/August 2011

Barristers Tips: Making Your First Court Appearance – Los Angeles Lawyer – June 2001



2017 “Super Lawyer” – Southern California Super Lawyer’s magazine

2009 President’s Award – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

2009 “Best Lawyers Under 40” – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association



Los Angeles Superior Court - Courtroom Rules

Wendy Chang - Ballotpedia

Governor Appoints 10 Persons to Los Angeles Superior Court - Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Two Asian Americans Named Superior Court Judges in Los Angeles - AsAmNews

LACBA Celebrates Over 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Governor Brown Appoints 21 to Superior Court - Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Hinshaw Partner Wendy Chang Appointed by Governor Brown to Serve as Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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