Lynda I. Chung

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An energetic litigator, Lynda I. Chung specializes in trust and estate and business disputes. 

Lynda helps her clients through what is often the most emotionally and financially trying time in their lives. Whether being taken advantage of by a trustee or a managing member of the client's company (often the client's own family member), she works hard to resolve the matter to her client’s benefit.  

Notable results that Lynda and her colleagues have delivered include:

  • A $23M surcharge judgment against an unfaithful trustee (client's half-brother), including double and punitive damages; 
  • A $500K Right To Attach Order against the client's former consultant, who allegedly made secret profits in connection with a luxury home project outside of Moscow; 
  • A $7M Right To Attach Order in an adversarial proceeding in the Bankruptcy Court against a debtor who orchestrated a fraudulent bankruptcy scheme and diverted corporate assets to foreign bank accounts.

Trust and estate litigation matters that Lynda handles include will and trust contests, disputes over settlors' capacity, undue influence, financial elder abuse by caregivers or family members, fiduciary accounting, and conservatorships.  

Lynda also handles a wide range of business disputes, including claims arising out of real property transactions, construction contracts, construction defects, accounts receivable, fraudulent bankruptcies, fraudulent transfers, disputes between closely-held companies' members and partners, and trademarks/copyrights disputes.  She is skilled in locating "hidden" assets when representing creditors.

She is uniquely qualified to assist her clients in solving their problems, small or big, domestic or global.  Representative industries include garment and textile, construction, real estate, property management, and import/export. 

Born and raised in Korea and educated in the U.S., Lynda contributes to both the legal and the Korean-American communities by participating in and supporting a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Litigation Group

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Probate, Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Will Contests
  • Financial Elder Abuse
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • Construction Defects & Claims
  • Multi-national, multi-generational wealth transfer

BAR ADMISSIONS:
California, 1995

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1997

EDUCATION:

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA , 1995 – J.D.; Finalist for Top Ten Best Briefs, Loyola Law School Moot Court Competition, 1994; Scott Moot Court Honors Board, 1994 – 1995
  • University of California at Santa Barbara,1987 – M.A., Anthropology, U.C. Regent's Fellowship, 1984 – 1985, Rotary International Scholarship 1985-1986 
  • Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea – B.A. with honors, Sociology

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: 

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section, Executive Committee
  • L.A. County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • Korean American Chamber of Commerce, Board Member (2004 – 2016), Chairperson of the Bylaws Amendment Committee (2008 – 2009), Vice President (2009 – 2010), Auditor (2011-2012)
  • St. Vincent Medical Center, Board Member (2010-2013)
  • Korean American Family Services, Board Member (2014-Present)
  • Pro Bono services: Asian American Dispute Resolution Center

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Don't Ignore Demanding Prelitigation Procedures, LA Daily Journal, Dec. 30, 2014
  • Global Wealth Transfer & Succession Planning — A Case Study, Chinese American CPA Assoc., 2015
  • Overview of Probate Procedures and Trust Administration – 5th Annual Advanced Planning Seminar, Korean American CPA Society and Professional Advisors Group, 2006 
  • Civil & Criminal Consequences of Bankruptcy – Fraud and Creditors' Remedies, Korean American CPA Society, 2005 
  • Civil Discovery in the U.S., International Association of Korean Lawyers, 2000 (Seoul, S. Korea)