Deborah Chang

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
 | 11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-573-8941
Fax: 310-477-1699
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

An attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP, Deborah Chang provides dedicated legal representation to clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, as well as across the rest of the state. She focuses her practice on personal injury, generally handling cases that involve motor vehicle accidents, private and charter plane crashes, cruise ship accidents, defective auto parts, products liability and wrongful death.

In her practice, she was on the trial teams that obtained a recent $160,500,000 verdict for a brain injury in Las Vegas, as well as some of the largest and record wrongful death and personal injury verdicts and settlements in numerous jurisdictions throughout California.  She is one of the recipients of the 2019 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in a pivotal case that resulted in a ruling by the California Supreme Court that universities have a duty to protect its students from known dangers, which has also been listed by the Daily Journal as the Top Appellate Reversal of 2018.  Deborah has recently been selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers by Lawdragon 2019, and by the National Law Journal/ALM as one of the 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers in the inaugural Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar category. She was also included in The American Lawyer’s2018 Titans of the Industry.  She has been named in various years by the Daily Journalas one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, and as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California.   She is the recipient of the 2014 Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the award in 2012, 2016, and 2017.   She is also the recipient of the CAOC Women’s Caucus 2017 Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for her outstanding commitment to furthering the education and careers of women trial lawyers.  Deborah is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), where she serves on the Executive Committee and is a National Board Member.  She is also on the Executive Committee (1st Vice President) of the CAOC, and serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee.  She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyersfor Southern California, and is a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and is an American Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. 



Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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About Deborah Chang

Admitted: 2006, California

Professional Webpage:


  • CAOC's Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, 2012
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Industry
  • Selected for inclusion, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year, CAOC, 2014
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • Faculty Advisor for the Moot Court Executive Board and teams
  • CAOC Consumer Attorney of the Year, Finalist, 2012
  • One of the “20 Young Lawyers Whose Work Makes a Difference, American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division
  • Who’s Who in the West

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1986
  • Florida, 2006
  • Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation Group
  • Connecticut
  • American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Co-Chairperson
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate, 2012
  • Connecticut Appellate Advisory Rules Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Proposed and Instituted the first national scholarship fund with the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Instructor and part of the Adjunct Faculty, Appellate Advocacy, University of Connecticut Law School
  • Speaker, ATLA
  • Speaker, The Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Speaker, The Inner Circle Of Advocates
  • Case Note Editor of the Drake Law Review, Drake Law School

Educational Background:

  • Kansas University
  • Harvard Law School, Mediation Workshop with the Program on Negotiation, June 2007
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Office Location for Deborah Chang

11111 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-573-8941

Fax: 310-477-1699

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Last Updated: 11/5/2019

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