Richard L. Chinen


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Practice Areas: Family Law; Estate Planning.

Admitted to bar, 1982, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Education: University of Hawaii (B.A. 1979); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1982). Adjunct Professor, Family Law, Trinity School of Law, 1992.

Member: Pasadena Bar Association (President, 1999-2000) and Los Angeles County (Member, Family Law Section, 1983) Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Pasadena Lawyer Referral and Information Service (Vice-President 1992-1995).

Community Activities:

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (Director and Secretary)

Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology ( Member Dean’s Advisory Council)

Elizabeth House ( Advisory Member, Board of Directors)

Languages: Japanese (Verbal).


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A native of Hawaii, Richard L. Chinen attended the University of Hawaii, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1979. He then moved to Southern California to attend Southwestern Law School and obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1982.

As a partner of Palermo, Barbaro, Chinen & Pitzer, Mr. Chinen practices all aspects of family law, including: property division, characterization, allocation, and valuation; reimbursement claims; hidden assets; spousal support; child support; breaches of fiduciary duty; business valuations; real property valuations and claims; post-judgment matters; and child custody and visitation.

Mr. Chinen has also practiced in the area of estate planning and probate for over 30 years, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives and intergenerational transfers.

A member of the Pasadena Bar Association, he served as President from 1999-2000 and Vice President of the Pasadena Lawyer Referral and Information from 1992-1995. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law and Trust and Estates Sections, and a former Adjunct Professor of Family Law at Trinity School of Law.

Mr. Chinen’s community activities include the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (Director and 2015 President), Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology (Member Dean’s Advisory Council), and Elizabeth House (Advisory Member, Board of Directors). He currently serves on the Rose Bowl Management Committee and is a former board member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company for the City of Pasadena.

He enjoys running, weightlifting, cooking and beach activities with his family.