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Joy Chang

Partner  |  Withersworldwide

United States (CA)


International estate planning
Cross-border probate
Trust administration, and philanthropy


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The best part of my practice is working with individuals and families to give them peace of mind in their estate planning. A recent client is a billionaire patriarch with a complex family and assets and beneficiaries in three jurisdictions. I worked together with Withers attorneys in the other jurisdictions to establish a cross-border estate plan that takes into account the patriarch's values and maximizes the tax benefit to his beneficiaries.

How did you get into private client?

I started at Luce Forward, which gave first year associates the opportunity to try a variety of practice areas, and discovered the estate planning practice. I had excellent mentors who helped me develop as an estate planner and focus on the international niche.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Communication with clients is key: listen and understand your clients’ goals, and advise them in a way that they can understand.

What is your favourite quote?

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” Maya Angelou.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I enjoy traveling and enjoying the cuisines of the world.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Burma Superstar, San Francisco.