Edward Chen

Senior Counsel, Greater China Practice
echen@yklaw.us
949-754-2862
Location: Irvine, CA

Ed Chen is Senior Counsel with YK Law LLP and primarily focuses on litigation and dispute resolution practices.  Prior to joining the firm, Ed was an associate attorney at LA headquarters office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, and more recently, began a solo practice by starting the Law Offices of Edward C. Chen, serving clients throughout Southern California and overseas clients from the Asia-Pacific region.

As a first-generation, “ABC” attorney, Ed’s understanding of both Western and Eastern cultures and ideologies allows him to truly step into the shoes of his clients and to provide the right legal services and solutions that are tailored to their best interest.  As a millennial attorney, Ed embraces modern technology and is open and adaptive to change, while maintaining an appreciation for the value that longstanding principles may provide.

Ed is a tireless advocate for his clients and genuinely enjoys learning what his clients do.  Ed’s passion for understanding the unique backgrounds and situations for each of his clients allows him to successfully advise and provide them with the most effective and reasonable solutions to their individual needs.

In his free time, Ed enjoys working on his Tesla Model S, and most recently completed a full vinyl wrap in Vampire Red Satin.  Ed also enjoys watching re-runs of the Chinese Variety TV Show  “爱情保卫战” on YouTube, which he credits as having the greatest impact on the improvement of his Chinese language speaking abilities.

Education

  • Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law – J.D. (2016)
  • University of California, Irvine – B.A. Political Science, B.A. History (2013)

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of CA
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of CA
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Languages

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Taiwanese

Recognition

  • Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2020 (Los Angeles), U.S. Business News

Publications & Appearances

Experience

Current Representative Matters Include:

  • Umeda et al. v. Tesla, Inc. Case No. 5:20-cv-02926-SVK, U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal., representing Plaintiffs, who are the family members of Yoshihiro Umeda, a Japanese pedestrian who was killed in a crash involving a Tesla vehicle that was engaged in Autopilot mode, alleging claims of wrongful death and strict products liability and arising from defects in Tesla’s Autopilot technology and the company’s failure to install adequately effective driver monitoring and driver engagement systems despite having been aware of the dangers and reasonable misuse of its automated driving technology.
  • Rasmussen v. Tesla, Inc. Case No. 5:19-cv-04596-BLF, U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal., representing the lead Plaintiff and putative class members in class action involving claims of reduced vehicle performance and mileage range capacity as a result of Tesla’s over-the-air (OTA) software updates and changes to Tesla’s battery management systems (BMS) that were issued by the company following an increase of incidents involving non-crash related vehicles fires and specifically in response to fires occurring in Hong Kong and Shanghai in early-2019.
  • In Re: Rockport Development, Inc. Case No. 8:20-bk-11339, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal., representing the largest unsecured creditor (individual) in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings arising from a total of $1.5M loaned by the client to the debtor, and serving as representative for the client’s position as an official member on the Committee of Unsecured Creditors after being appointed to the position by the United States Trustee.  Rockport, along with its affiliates and founder Kevin Zhang, owned over 27 projects ranging from vacant land, partially constructed single-family and condominium/townhome product, to finished projects ready for leasing and/or sale throughout the Southern California region and is alleged to have defrauded dozens of Chinese foreign nationals, who combined, hold over $19M in unsecured claims alone.
  • Nguyen et al. vs. Tesla, Inc. Case No. 8:19-cv-01422-JLS-JDE, U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal., representing the lead Plaintiff and putative class members in class action involving claims regarding Tesla’s certified pre-owned (CPO) used vehicle sales program and allegations that the company failed to adhere to state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the sales of used motor vehicles, including the Federal Trade Commission’s Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule (“Used Car Rule”), allowing the company to sell CPO Tesla vehicles to the Plaintiffs and other class members without prior disclosure of, in some cases, vehicles that contained severely degraded batteries with extremely limited mileage range capacities.
  • Serving as Outside General Counsel to Yue Da, Inc., headquartered located in Irvine, CA, and providing advisory services and legal counsel for the company’s business matters, which include most recently a dispute involving the company’s shareholders, as well as a franchisor-franchisee dispute arising from franchise agreements with Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice USA Group (黄焖鸡米饭品牌)
  • Serving as Outside General Counsel to Shipsaving, Inc., headquartered in the City of Industry, CA, and providing advisory services and legal counsel for the company’s business matters.  Shipsaving provides all-in-one shipping solutions and specializes in serving small to medium-sized e-commerce companies with a primary focus on US-China e-commerce development trends and trade.
  • Representing a Chinese foreign national and leading the way for the recovery of the client’s investments in both litigation and arbitration actions involving CTBC Bank (中國信託商業銀行) and brokerage firm Cetera Investment Advisors, and working actively with federal government financial regulatory agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to aid their investigative efforts regarding the parties involved as well as the underlying investment itself.
  • Representing a California company, Diversified Trade, LLC, in pre-litigation and investigatory action against several wholesale medical goods suppliers for actions relating to potential fraudulent sales involving personal protective equipment (PPE) and in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and worldwide pandemic, and actively assisting federal investigatory and regulatory agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and United States Secret Service agents with ongoing investigations of COVID-19-related fraud.
  • Frequently representing clients seeking immigration counsel and services for a wide variety of immigration benefits, including but not limited to H1-B visas, marriage and family visa petitions, applications to adjust permanent resident status, and often being retained to represent and assist clients with immigration matters involving ineffective assistance of prior counsel and thereby handling various immigration appeals and successful filings of motions to reopen and/or reconsider.
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