Wesley Y.S. ChangChang Iwamasa LLP focuses its practice on commercial real estate, finance and business transactions.
Wesley Y.S. Chang is a Partner at Chang Iwamasa LLP, concentrating his practice in the areas of real property, real property tax, corporate, finance (including municipal finance), tax-exempt organizations and health care.
After graduating from Iolani School, magna cum laude, Mr. Chang attended Stanford University where he obtained his B.A. with great distinction. In 1973, he received his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
Prior to starting his own law firm, The Law Offices of Wesley Y.S. Chang, in 1995, Mr. Chang was a Partner at Foley Maehara Nip & Chang (now known as Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow LLP). Prior to that, he was a Partner at Carlsmith Ball Wichman Case & Ichiki (now known as Carlsmith Ball LLP) and a Partner at Mukai, Ichiki, Raffetto & MacMillan. His past experience also includes working at the Legislative Reference Bureau of the State of Hawaii.
Mr. Chang is and has been listed numerous times in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners, Super Lawyers, and has also been featured in Honolulu’s Magazine Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i as an award recipient in the areas of real estate law, corporate law, public finance law and health care law.
Mr. Chang has written and contributed to numerous publications, some of those being the Chapter on Ground Leases in the Hawai‘i Real Estate Law Manual, the Chapter on Bonds in the Hawai‘i Real Estate Law Manual, Volume III, as well as the Hawai‘i 2000 Report Regarding Lawyers’ Opinion Letters in Mortgage Loan Transactions.
Mr. Chang is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in the State of Hawai‘i. He is a valued member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American Health Lawyers Association. As an active member in the legal community of the State of Hawai‘i, he has been on the Board of the Real Property and Financial Services Section, the largest section of the Hawaii State Bar Association with over 450 members, and currently serves as the 2014 Chair for the Section.