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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, 2015 and 2016, 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, ADA accessibility, and employment law for various bar associations, chambers of commerce, community groups, and non-profit and professional organizations which include the Chinatown Service Center, Asian Youth Center, Chinese American Dental Society of Southern California, Chinese American Construction Professionals, Pan Pacific Real Estate Institute, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, Culver City Chamber of Commerce, Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, San Gabriel Valley Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association, and Alhambra Rotary Club. Since 2005, he has volunteered as a Temporary Judge (Judge Pro Tem) for the Los Angeles 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), a Past President of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce (2013-2014, and board member from 2007-2016), the 2016 President of the San Marino City Club, and a former board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs Association's Southern California Region. 

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 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

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    28 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    28 years
  3. Civil Rights: 15%
    28 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    28 years
  5. Debt Collection: 10%
    28 years



Hourly ($350-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William F. Bernard

    I endorse this lawyer. I have found Mr. Chen's responses both informative and directly on point, with the detail a questioner would require to move forward.


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  • Anthony Allen Roach

    Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like other attorneys and lawyers very much. But I am very impressed with the work that Mr. Chen has shown here on AVVO. I find myself consistently agreeing with his responses, to the point of not having to write anything further. It is obvious to me that he knows what he is doing, and practices law with an ethical and focused concern for his clients.


    Anthony Roach General practice Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Frank W. Chen

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2016
Super Lawyers Business EditionNational Super Lawyers Business Edition2015
2015 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2015
2015 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2015
2014 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super Lawyers Business EditionNational Super Lawyers Business Edition2014
2014 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2014
Super Lawyers Business EditionNational Super Lawyers Business Edition2013
2013 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2013
2013 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
2012 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
2011 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2011
2010 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
2010 Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2010
Citizen of the YearLos Angeles New Horizons Lions Club2007
2006 Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines2006
Judge Delbert E. Wong Distinguished Service AwardSouthern California Chinese Lawyers Association2006
Community Leader Award49th Assembly District2006
2005 Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines2005
Strathmore's Who's WhoStrathmore's Who's Who2005
Pro Bono Service AwardAsian Pacific American Legal Center2003
2003 Attorney of the Year (CLAY)California Lawyer Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw 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
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Marino City ClubPresident2016 - Present
Platt College Paralegal Studies Advisory BoardBoard Member2014 - Present
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association - Southern California RegionBoard Member2010 - Present
Alhambra Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2007 - Present
San Marino City ClubMember and Board Member since 20102004 - Present
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
San Marino City Club1st Vice President2015 - 2015
San Marino City ClubSecond Vice President2014 - 2014
Alhambra Chamber of CommercePresident2013 - 2014
San Marino City ClubSecretary2013 - 2014
Foothills Lincoln ClubMember2009 - 2015
Stanford Professionals In Real Estate (SPIRE)Member2009 - 2013
Taiwanese American Lawyers AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2010
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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Publication nameTitleDate
San Gabriel Valley Bar AssociationAdvising Clients Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Lawsuits2016
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association NewsAmericans With Disabilities Act Lawsuit Advisory2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles 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
Alhambra Chamber of Commerce"Maximizing Your Business'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