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, 2014 and 2015, 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.
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.
Languages Spoken: Mandarin, Taiwanese
Licensed since 1988
Hourly ($350-380/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Frank Chen contributes generously and thoroughly to the pages of Avvo, offering significant service to the community. Frank's answers reflect the special clarity of an economist-attorney. He offers solutions that display deeply integrated legal and business thinking. I am grateful for his work and service to our profession.
Roger Moss Mediation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2015 Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2015|
|2015 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2015|
|2014 Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyers Business Edition||National Super Lawyers Business Edition||2014|
|2014 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|2013 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|2013 Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyers Business Edition||National Super Lawyers Business Edition||2013|
|2012 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|2011 Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2011|
|2010 Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2010|
|2010 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2010|
|Citizen of the Year||Los Angeles New Horizons Lions Club||2007|
|Community Leader Award||49th Assembly District||2006|
|Judge Delbert E. Wong Distinguished Service Award||Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association||2006|
|2006 Super Lawyer||Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines||2006|
|Strathmore's Who's Who||Strathmore's Who's Who||2005|
|2005 Super Lawyer||Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines||2005|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Asian Pacific American Legal Center||2003|
|2003 Attorney of the Year (CLAY)||California Lawyer Magazine||2003|
|Partner||Law Offices of Frank W. Chen||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten, LLP||2003 - 2010|
|Partner||Ku, Fong & Chen, LLP||1994 - 2003|
|Associate||Voss, Cook & Thel||1993 - 1994|
|Associate||Ku & Fong||1990 - 1993|
|Associate||Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack||1988 - 1990|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|San Marino City Club||1st Vice President||2015 - 2015|
|Platt College Paralegal Studies Advisory Board||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|San Marino City Club||Second Vice President||2014 - 2014|
|Alhambra Chamber of Commerce||President||2013 - 2014|
|San Marino City Club||Secretary||2013 - 2014|
|Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association - Southern California Region||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|Foothills Lincoln Club||Member||2009 - Present|
|Stanford Professionals In Real Estate (SPIRE)||Member||2009 - 2013|
|Alhambra Chamber of Commerce||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|San Marino City Club||Member and Board Member since 2010||2004 - Present|
|Taiwanese American Lawyers Association||President||2004 - 2005|
|San Fernando Valley Bar Association||Member||2003 - 2010|
|San Gabriel Valley Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County||Board Member||2001 - 2003|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||At-Large Trustee||2001 - 2003|
|Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association||President||2000 - 2001|
|San Gabriel Valley Bar Association||Advising Clients Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Lawsuits||2014|
|Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association News||Americans With Disabilities Act Lawsuit Advisory||2003|
|UCLA School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|San Gabriel Valley Bar Association||Maximizing 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 Association||Recent Developments in ADA Accessibility Litigation||2013|
|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 Professionals||Recent Developments in ADA Accessibility Law in California||2013|
|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 Risks||2011|
|Chinese American Construction Professionals||ADA 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 Seminar||How To Accommodate Your Fastest Growing Customer Base: Accessibility Considerations||2010|
|Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association & Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County||Advising Clients Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits||2009|
|San Gabriel Valley Bar Association MCLE||Advising Clients Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits||2009|
|Culver City Chamber of Commerce||Advising Businesses Regarding ADA Accessibility Lawsuits||2009|
|Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California Annual Conference||Minimizing Litigation Liability for Dental Professionals||2008|
|Chinatown Service Center||Entrepreneurial Training Program||2003|
|Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California Annual Conference||Employment Law For the Dental Office||2002|