Sophia M. ChangLim, Ruger and Kim | Lim, Ruger and Kim


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Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California

Articles & Presentations

Sophia Chang is an Associate in the transactions group and focuses her practice on real estate and business transactions. She has represented both borrowers and lenders, including the U.S. financing arm of a global automaker in regards to real estate and construction loans aggregating more than $70 million.

Prior to joining Lim Ruger, Sophia practiced in the mergers and acquisitions group at Jones Day, where she represented clients in business transactions in a variety of industries, including technology, building products, health care, and manufacturing.

In addition, Sophia served as an inaugural law clerk to the Hon. Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California, the first Chinese American woman to serve as an Article III judge.

Sophia has a deep commitment to public service. In 2009, she was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles to serve as a Commissioner for the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission. In 2011, she co-founded Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at promoting positive youth development, strengthening schools, and bringing diverse communities together through the practice of social dance. Sophia continues to serve as President and Executive Director for Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles.

Sophia is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity in the Profession and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She previously served as a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, a member of the California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a member of the Associates’ Board for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and as a District Chair for the UCLA Alumni Bunche Scholarships.


  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate Formation and Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions



  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 2002)
  • Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.A., Asian American Policy Review Co-Editor in Chief, 2002)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998)

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Honors & Distinctions

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Chancellor’s Humanitarian Award, 1998
  • Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women, 1998

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee on Diversity in the Profession
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles

About the Author

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