Kayla Chen focuses her practice on Trust & Estate Planning and Corporate Transactional representation of businesses of all sizes. Prior to transitioning onto the Corporate Transactional team, Kayla worked in Workers’ Compensation defense. Her breadth of practice knowledge allows her to provide her clients with comprehensive counsel from formation to business succession. She is passionate about thoughtful planning and is able to provide the benefit of her unique experiences to all of her clients.
In her Trust & Estates practice, Kayla is fervent about finding solutions to meet the needs of each individual client, and assisting families in the preservation of legacy. She also provides representation to individuals and families who are navigating the complexities of probate and succession.
As an extension of her corporate practice, Kayla spear-heads DEF Corp’s Legal Accelerator program. The Legal Accelerator is designed to provide high level legal services to companies with less than $200,000 in annual revenue and less than $200,000 in investment capital raised at discounted rates. Clients that have been accepted into the Legal Accelerator include IOS and Android application developers, micro-lenders, technology companies offering hardware and software solutions, television and music production companies, and clothing designers.
Kayla worked as a summer associate for Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP while attending Mercer University and joined the firm as a full-time associate in 2017. One of her most notable projects at Mercer University Law School, was her work with the Habeas Project clinic under the Student Practice Act where she gained experience writing a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States and had a case heard before the Georgia Supreme Court. Other worthy mentions include her clerkship for the Senior Citizens Law Project at Atlanta Legal Aid, and competition in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Kayla has a passion for leadership, community service and building relationships. When not practicing law, she volunteers as Board Vice-President and Director of Campers in Leadership Training for Camp Cherith in the Carolinas, a non-profit summer camp, and spends time with her very large and close-knit family.
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 2017, cum laude
Georgia State University, B.A., 2014, magna cum laude
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Co-Chair of the Women's Leadership Network
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Trust & Estates Committee Member
Related News, Publications & Presentations
New Rules for Beneficiaries Under SECURE Act Require New Strategies. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 32, No. 190. January 2020.
Should We Probate Grandma's Will? Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 31, No. 186. November 2019.
Answering the Opposition to Charitable Light Duty Work. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 30, No. 180. November 2018.