Meet Our Estate Planning Team
In 2015, founding partner Lalit Kundani was named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the nation by "The National Advocates." That same year, he was selected by "Super Lawyers" as a Rising Star, a recognition given to only the top 2.5% of attorneys in California. In 2015, and again in 2016, Lalit was recognized by the "American Institute of Family Law Attorneys" for his work in estate planning, and he has received AVVO’s highest rating for estate planning attorneys in Orange County.
Lalit graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with departmental highest honors, and is a law graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), one of the top-ten law schools in the nation. While at Boalt Hall, Lalit served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and received the William Lloyd Prosser Prize in Financial Analysis and Highest Honors in Estate Planning. He also served as President of Boalt Hall’s national trial teams.
After graduation, Lalit was an associate at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, an Am Law 100 firm and one of the oldest Wall Street-based firms in the country. In 2006, Lalit was appointed as Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles County. In 2012, he joined Panish, Shea & Boyle, one of the top five plaintiff firms in the nation, where he served as a trial lawyer on high-profile catastrophic injury cases.
Lalit is a frequent contributor to the "Huffington Post" and has appeared as a legal commentator on local radio stations in Los Angeles. He is a proud father and husband and resides in Orange County.
Adam Chang is a founding partner of Kundani & Chang and holds a dual degree from UCSD, a Ph.D. from USC, and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Within the Chinese-American community, he is frequently invited to speak on issues regarding estate planning and planning for international citizens. In 2016, Adam was named by "Newsweek" as a top attorney in the State of California. While in law school, Adam clerked for the late Honorable Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court and was the recipient of the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition Award. In 2007, he was appointed by then District Attorney Steve Cooley to serve as a prosecutor with the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. Today, Adam advises a host of small and mid-size businesses and startups, ranging from international retail manufacturers to national tour companies, in areas involving corporate and estate planning, business succession, and asset protection. He also provides legal commentary for the Chinese World Journal and the Taiwan Daily and serves on the Board of the Taiwanese American Lawyers’ Association. He is married and is the proud father of two children.
Kiran Sohal is an associate at the firm and assists in the drafting and reviews of estate plans. She is fluent both in Hindi and Punjabi and routinely gives presentations to local community members on topics including planning for non-U.S. citizens and holding foreign assets abroad. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles in June 2008 and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern Law School in May 2014. Kiran is a member of the South Asian Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys distance running, reading, and cooking a variety of ethnic foods.
Brian Zeilenga is an associate at Kundani & Chang where he practices business and estate planning law. He has structured a number of agreements to protect businesses and created comprehensive estate plans to preserve family wealth. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University in 2008, and his J.D. from Charlotte School of Law in 2014, where he joined the Civil Rights Clinic in an effort to expand human rights. Brian is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. In addition to enjoying time on the golf course, he is also a seasoned pianist and avid traveler.
Marc GarlettOf Counsel
Marc Garlett is an advisor to the firm and practices exclusively in the field of estate planning. Over the years, Marc has assisted countless families with regards to their estate planning needs. As a husband and father, Marc – a successful former litigator – transformed his entire law practice into one dedicated solely to helping other parents make positive impacts on their families. He is an active member of the Family Wealth Planning Institute and he advises individuals and families with not only the drafting of key legal documents but, far more importantly, establishing lifelong relationships with his clients and their children in order to ensure that their estate plans continue to grow with their evolving needs. Marc, originally from the Midwest, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City before moving to Southern California and graduating from Concord Law School with honors. He now calls the San Gabriel Valley home where he enjoys backyard barbecuing, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Chiefs and Royals.
Bari VallasTrust Funding Coordinator
Bari was an attorney practicing in civil litigation for 20 years before joining Kundani & Chang as Trust Funding Coordinator. Bari assists with the review and organization of asset information for our family wealth planning clients, prepares a Family Wealth Inventory, and ensures our clients’ assets are properly funded and in coordination with their estate plans.
Laney Lyons-RichardsonDrafting Coordinator
Laney Lyons-Richardson has over 15 years experience in the estate planning industry. After managing an estate planning law firm for 12 years, she continued on to train law firm teams across the country in estate planning processes, hiring and team building, and start two successful businesses. In addition, she co-authored “Don’t Be a Yes Chick” and is the co-founder of The Ultimate Smart Solution, LLC. As our Drafting Coordinator, Laney ensures our clients’ trusts, wills, and other legal documents are seamless and thorough.