OUR ATTORNEYS

Antonio De Cárdenas
CEO

adc@decarlaw.com

PRACTICE
Business Law — Entity Formation,Contracts, General Counsel, Corporate Compliance, Real Estate
Intellectual Property — Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret, Confidential Info, IP Management, Licensing
BIO

Antonio de Cárdenas has extensive experience counseling and representing companies in a broad range of transactional matters and providing comprehensive legal strategy to businesses. Antonio has served as inside senior general counsel and outside counsel to top domestic and international companies in a variety of industries. As the CEO of the De Cárdenas Law Group, APLC, he oversees our clients’ needs using a multi-disciplinary approach that constantly evaluates factors such as client objectives, risk, liability, and value proposition.

Antonio comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and represents his own family’s business, which is entering its fourth decade of national operations. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from a top national business program that is designed for company presidents and “C”-level executives. Having closely studied various business disciplines throughout his career, Antonio has had the pleasure of working with colleagues in various fields including manufacturing, services, retail, real estate development, wealth management, insurance, and technology. His list of clients includes organizations and businesses of all sizes, from large multi-national corporations to start-up firms.  He regularly consults with colleagues in the business community and remains an active participant in continuing business education.
Antonio is fully bilingual in English/Spanish and regularly provides counsel and other services to companies actively doing business in Latin America. His charitable activities include sitting on various national and local boards whose mission is to improve the lives of the less fortunate. 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Antonio is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Antonio sits on various boards including an inner city Hospital in Los Angeles; a Miami based nonprofit organization that provides human services to persons in need and his children’s school financial board.
EDUCATION
Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Presidential MBA 2010
Whittier College School of Law, JD, 2001
University of Southern California, BA, 1996 
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
State Bar of California State Bar of California, 2001
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2001
US District Court for the Central District of California, 2001 

Ju J. Chang
Firm Member

jchang@decarlaw.com

PRACTICE
Business Law — Entity Formation,Contracts, General Counsel, Corporate Compliance, Real Estate

Intellectual Property — Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret, Confidential Info, IP Management, Licensing

BIO

Ju J. Chang has extensive experience in counseling clients on trademark and general transactional matters. Licensed to practice in various jurisdictions, Ju’s practice emphasis is in the research, creation, and management of intellectual property portfolios. She also has extensive experience in corporate compliance and general litigation. Ju also has extensive experience in real estate transactions and authored materials related to commercial leases.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Ju is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED
Ju was a contributing author to the CEB series, Office Leasing – Drafting and Negotiating the Lease.
EDUCATION
Temple University, School of Law, JD, 1992
Bryn Mawr College, BA, 1989
BAR MEMBERSHIP
State Bar of Illinois, 1992
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1992
State Bar of California, 1995
 

Don Johnson
Firm Member

donjohnson77@suddenlink.net

PRACTICE
Business Law — Entity Formation, Contracts, General Counsel, Corporate Compliance, Real Estate
Securities
BIO

Don Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in securities transactions and securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial transactions, business organizations, and related matters. Don also has advised hundreds of clients in private and public offerings of securities and in acquisition, merger, and corporate reorganization transactions of public and private companies. These transactions have involved clients in a broad range of industries, including automotive, advertising and marketing, aerospace, agriculture, banking, consumer products, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, insurance, Internet, manufacturing, motion picture, multimedia, oil and gas, professional services, real estate, restaurants, technology, and venture capital.
Don holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the bars of the U. S. Supreme Court; U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U. S. District Court, Southern District of California; and U. S. Tax Court.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
State Bar of California, Member
EDUCATION
Harvard University Law School, JD
University of Iowa, BS, Electrical Engineering
BAR MEMBERSHIP
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Supreme Court
US Tax Court 
BAR MEMBERSHIP
State Bar of Illinois, 1992
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1992
State Bar of California, 1995

Anne E. Garrett
Firm Member

annegarrett@decarlaw.com

PRACTICE
Employment Law —  Preventative Advice, Wage and Hour Law, Terminations, Discrimination Policies, Trade Secrets
BIO

Anne E. Garrett has extensive experience in counseling clients on employment matters ranging from wage and hour compliance to discrimination and harassment. Anne has conducted numerous workplace investigations, as well as defended large and small clients in state and federal court against wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and sexual harassment claims.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Anne is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and its Labor & Employment Section. She actively participates in LACBA’s pro bono Domestic Violence project. She is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Anne has served as a speaker at continuing education programs for lawyers and other professionals, including programs on harassment and California labor code compliance. She has also spoken at numerous educational and training programs on legal compliance in the workplace.
PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED
Scott H. Dunham and Anne E. Garrett, “Preparing for an Outbreak of Avian Flu,” National Law Journal (October 2, 2006)
Scott H. Dunham and Anne E. Garrett, “SARS Raises a Variety of Legal Issues to Challenge Employers,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 14, 2003)
Anne E. Garrett, “Americans with Disabilities,” California Bar Journal (November 1998)
Robert A. Siegel and Anne E. Garrett, “Giving Employee References: Potential Pitfalls and Protections,” Los Business Journal (January 12-18, 1998)
EDUCATION
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, JD: Order of the Coif
University of California, Los Angeles, MA
Stanford University, BA, 1988: Departmental Honors and Golden Medal
BAR MEMBERSHIP
State Bar of California US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California