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Frank Wei-Hong Chen

Frank Wei-Hong Chen

also known as Frank W. Chen

Practice areas:

Litigation, Real Estate, Debt Collection, Employment & Labor

About Me

Frank W. Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the United States in 1968 at the age of 4. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University in 1985, and his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 1988. He has been practicing law in the State of California for the past twenty-seven years. 


He was formerly a partner of the law firm of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, L.L.P. He has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict, as well as obtained favorable results in arbitrations and mediations. In 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, a distinction given only to the top 5% of all lawyers in the state. In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, he was named as one of Pasadena Magazine's Top Attorneys. 


His practice focuses on real estate litigation involving hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, residential complexes and single family residences. The broad spectrum of real estate matters he has handled include breach of purchase agreements, breach of owner/contractor/architect contracts, broker liability, partition and sale, enforcement of mechanic's liens, construction defect, land subsidence, commercial landlord-tenant, homeowners association, specific performance, quiet title, easements, adverse possession, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, usury, and judicial foreclosures.


Throughout his career as a lawyer, he has volunteered to teach numerous seminars on real estate, business and employment law for various bar associations, community groups, and non-profit and professional organizations including the Chinatown Service Center, Asian Youth Center, Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California, and the Pan Pacific Real Estate Institute. Since 2005, he has volunteered as a Temporary Judge (Judge Pro Tem) for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. 


In recognition for his public service involvement, he was named a recipient of California Lawyer Magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for 2003. He was also the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California's Pro Bono Service Award in 2003. Both of these awards were given for his volunteer work with state and local prosecutors, local elected officials, legislators, and the State Bar of California in coordinating a unique and sweeping defense to abusive litigation brought by the Trevor Law Group of Beverly Hills. 


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In 2006, he received the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association's Judge Delbert E. Wong Distinguished Service Award. Also in 2006, he received recognition from California Assemblymember Judy Chu at the 49th Assembly District's Third Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Celebration for making significant contributions as a Community Leader. In 2007, he received the Los Angeles New Horizons Lions Club Citizen of the Year award.


He is a former President of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (2000-2001), a former President of the Taiwanese American Lawyers Association (2004-2005), a former Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2001-2003), a former Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (2001-2003), the Immediate Past President of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce (board member from 2007-present), the current First Vice President of the San Marino City Club, and a current board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association's Southern California Region. He is also a member of the Foothills Lincoln Club.


In the community, he served three years as an elder for San Marino Community Church (2005-2008), and as a member of Session served as the Chair of the SMCC Personnel Committee (2007-2008). He was also a head coach for AYSO Soccer in Region 40. He has been a member of the San Marino City Club since 2004. 


Hobbies include ballroom/latin/salsa dancing (former dance instructor and choreographer), gardening and landscaping, and responding to Avvo.com questions.


Representing clients in the communities of San Marino, Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Temple City, Monrovia, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, and Los Angeles.


 

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin, Taiwanese

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Litigation: 50%
    27 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    27 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 10%
    27 years
  4. Debt Collection: 10%
    27 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-380/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

212 total 

  • Shawn Cheng Hsien Chou

    I have known Frank for many years. He has served as President of Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association as well as Taiwanese American Lawyers Association. He has also received many awards for his contribution to the community. To me, he's a superb lawyer as well as a great community leader.

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    Shawn Chou Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Una Lee Jost

    I was a board member of Taiwanese American Lawyers Association when Frank served as President. He is not only very accomplished as an attorney, but is very generous in utilizing his organizational and leadership skills in serving both the legal community and public at large. I also appreciate his friendly and approachable persona.

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    Una Jost Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Frank W. Chen

2600 Mission Street
Suite 206
San Marino, CA, 91108-1676

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198805/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2015 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2015
2014 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2014
Super Lawyers Business EditionNational Super Lawyers Business Edition2014
2014 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
2013 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2013
2013 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super Lawyers Business EditionNational Super Lawyers Business Edition2013
2012 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
2011 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2011
2010 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2010
2010 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Citizen of the YearLos Angeles New Horizons Lions Club2007
Community Leader Award49th Assembly District2006
Judge Delbert E. Wong Distinguished Service AwardSouthern California Chinese Lawyers Association2006
2006 Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines2006
Strathmore's Who's WhoStrathmore's Who's Who2005
2005 Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines2005
Pro Bono Service AwardAsian Pacific American Legal Center2003
2003 Attorney of the Year (CLAY)California Lawyer Magazine2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLaw Offices of Frank W. Chen2010 - Present
PartnerWasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP2003 - 2010
PartnerKu, Fong & Chen, LLP1994 - 2003
AssociateVoss, Cook & Thel1993 - 1994
AssociateKu & Fong1990 - 1993
AssociateEngstrom, Lipscomb & Lack1988 - 1990

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Marino City Club1st Vice President2015 - 2015
Platt College Paralegal Studies Advisory BoardBoard Member2014 - Present
San Marino City ClubSecond Vice President2014 - 2014
Alhambra Chamber of CommercePresident2013 - 2014
San Marino City ClubSecretary2013 - 2014
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association - Southern California RegionBoard Member2010 - Present
Foothills Lincoln ClubMember2009 - Present
Stanford Professionals In Real Estate (SPIRE)Member2009 - 2013
Alhambra Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2007 - Present
San Marino City ClubMember and Board Member since 20102004 - Present
Taiwanese American Lawyers AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2010
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles CountyBoard Member2001 - 2003
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAt-Large Trustee2001 - 2003
Southern California Chinese Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2001

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Trevor Law Group Business & Professions Code 17200 casesDismissal

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationAdvising Clients Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Lawsuits2014
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association NewsAmericans With Disabilities Act Lawsuit Advisory2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UCLA School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Stanford UniversityEconomicsA.B.1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationMaximizing Your Law Firm’s Online Presence (For Absolutely Free)2015
First General Bank Community Service Seminar for Small Business Owners"Practical Considerations and Tips Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits"2014
Alhambra Rotary Club"Practical Considerations and Tips Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits"2014
Alhambra Chamber of Commerce Business Speakers series"Practical Considerations and Tips Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits"2014
Southern California Chinese Lawyers AssociationRecent Developments in ADA Accessibility Litigation2013
La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce"ADA Accessibility Litigation: How to Prevent Lawsuits from Disabling Your Business"2013
First Choice Bank"ADA Accessibility Litigation: How to Prevent Lawsuits from Disabling Your Business"2013
Chinese American Construction ProfessionalsRecent Developments in ADA Accessibility Law in California2013
Pasadena Bar Association - Real Estate Section"ADA Accessibility Litigation and Issues - A Primer for Real Estate Attorneys"2012
Taiwanese American Lawyers Association Annual Law Day"Understanding the California Legal System" (Keynote Speech)2011
Seal Beach Chamber and OC Service Center"ADA Compliance: Managing Your Liabilities & Your Risks2011
Chinese American Construction ProfessionalsADA Litigation & Accessibility Compliance: Managing Your Liabilities with a CASp"2011
APEX and Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles"More Than A Dream: Financing and Legal Considerations For Start-Ups and Small Businesses" (Panelist on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Seminar)2011
Alhambra Chamber of Commerce SeminarHow To Accommodate Your Fastest Growing Customer Base: Accessibility Considerations2010
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association & Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles CountyAdvising Clients Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits2009
San Gabriel Valley Bar Association MCLEAdvising Clients Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits2009
Culver City Chamber of CommerceAdvising Businesses Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits2009
Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California Annual ConferenceMinimizing Litigation Liability for Dental Professionals2008
Chinatown Service CenterEntrepreneurial Training Program2003
Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California Annual ConferenceEmployment Law For the Dental Office2002