Chad is a Partner with Law & Stein, LLP. His practice focuses on representing trustees and beneficiaries in trust and probate litigation matters involving inheritance disputes, breaches of fiduciary obligations, allegations of trustee wrongdoing, and claims of elder abuse and undue influence. Chad also represents clients involved in real estate disputes, partnership disputes, and premises liability matters. He also provides corporate counsel services to a number of large companies. He strives to help his clients settle disputes before litigation, but if a matter is heading to trial, his clients can rest assured our team will be more prepared than the other side.
Chad also assists families with their estate planning needs including revocable and irrevocable trusts, e.g. Dynasty Trusts, Multi-Generational Trusts, Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts, IRA Beneficiary trusts, etc.
Chad is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Prior to joining Law & Stein, LLP, Chad focused on commercial and residential real estate matters, partnership disputes, asset backed private offerings, labor and employment matters, contracts, corporate counsel matters and collections. He has also handled matters involving insurance defense, personal injury, class actions and mass tort.
Early on, Chad had the privilege of gaining a substantial amount of trial experience in addition to general litigation experience. He has been the lead attorney on a number of trials. He has also been second chair on a number of jury trials including a large plaintiffs’ lawsuit where they obtained a $14million jury verdict. In the spring of 2011, Mr. Brandel attended and completed the Orange County Bar Association’s 29th College of Trial Advocacy, an immersive course focusing solely on the nuances of trial.
Chad received his Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. He lives in Orange County with his family where he is actively involved in coaching his son’s little league and soccer teams. As an outdoorsman, he enjoys snowboarding, deep sea fishing, and hiking in the Sierras.
COURT ADMISSIONS & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
State Bar of California
United States District Court, Central District
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Orange County Bar Association
J.D., 2007, Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 2003, University of California, Los Angeles
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Southern California Rising Stars