Kelly Chang Rickert

Adoption lawyer, prenuptial agreement lawyer, kelly chang
Adoption lawyer, prenuptial agreement lawyer, kelly chang

Kelly Chang Rickert is the founder of the Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang, APLC, a law firm specializing in Family Law and Religious Liberty.

Kelly has been practicing law since 2000.  She is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist.

Professor Rickert is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Law School, where she teaches Family Law, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Research and Writing.

Kelly discourages “scorched‑earth” tactics,  and encourages mediation and collaborative solutions whenever possible.

Kelly routinely appears as a family law expert on television/radio.  She is also a prolific writer.  Her children’s books, Two Adventures With Mom and Dad  and Hope’s Broken Snow Globe, were both Amazon #1 best‑sellers and #1 New Releases in the Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category.

Areas of Practice:

Religious Liberty; Parental Rights; Free Speech; Adult Adoption, Stepparent Adoption, Private Adoption, Foster Adoption, Guardianship Adoption, Prenuptial Agreements; Family Law; Collaborative Divorce; Divorce Mediation

Admitted to Practice:

June 5, 2000, California; U.S. District Courts, Northern and Central Districts of California; Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Also admitted to practice in Texas.


UCLA, B.A. English, Honors, June 1997.

Law School:

University of San Diego Law School, J.D., Honors, December 1999.

Other Professional Designations:

Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization; California Real Estate Broker (01441274); California Notary (2466463)


Marriage is Grand.  Divorce? A Hundred Grand. ®️

About Me

I am a Christian, wife, and mother.   Born in Taiwan, my family immigrated here when I was 6.   I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese and I also speak French.

My faith is very important to me.

In my free time, I serve my church and community.  I lead a Mom’s Prayer Group and a Bible Study Group. I write books and blog, play the piano, sing worship, and hike Griffith Park.  I completed the Los Angeles Marathon in 2006, and have traveled to 33 countries.

Awards: #1 Best-Selling Author, Law category: Protecting Yourself From False Accusations #1 New Release Author, Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category: Two Adventures with Mom and Dad #1 New Release Author, Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category: Hope’s Broken Snow Globe

SuperLawyers,  Rising Stars 2007 – 2014, SuperLawyers 2015 – 2024

SuperLawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California, 2021  – 2024.

SuperLawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California, 2022 – 2024

Featured in SuperLawyers stories: “The Robe” (2011) and “Even the Sky is Different” (2019)


Christian Legal SocietyChristian Legal Aid of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association; San Diego County Bar Association


Mandarin, Taiwanese, French (conversational)

Kelly Chang Rickert CV Website