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Luan Tran has over 20 years of experience in international arbitration.  He is among the few first-chair trial and arbitration lawyers with active U.S. and Southeast Asia practices.  He has handled complex disputes relating to construction, energy, real estate, and other investment projects before the major arbitral institutions.  A frequent speaker and author on Southeast Asia, particularly his native Vietnam, he was recently recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the Recorder for his work in the region. 

Luan was a member of the Board of Directors and is a current member of the Council and Asia and California Advisory Groups of the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. 

Luan led the Southeast Asia practice at a previous international law firm, and used to live and work in Singapore and Vietnam.  He continues to travel to the region regularly for his international arbitration practice.  Luan co-authored the Vietnam chapters for two leading international arbitration publications.  He also serves as an arbitrator on Vietnam-related matters, and recently sat as the presiding arbitrator in one of the first-ever ICC hearings in Vietnam. 

In addition to his international arbitration experience, Luan is recognized as a leading attorney in ownership and partnership disputes between co-founders of technology companies. In a profile of his work in co-founder lawsuits, such as the Snapchat and Yik Yak matters, Forbes magazine called him the “go-to lawyer” in this area. During his career, Luan has recovered over $150 million on behalf of plaintiffs in his tech co-founder cases. Tran's experience and success for the plaintiffs gives him significant advantages and insights when representing the defendants. 

Luan also co-founded the largest minority-owned disputes law firm in the U.S. (with over 35 attorneys) that was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten litigation boutiques in the country. 

Luan has been honored as one of the best attorneys in California and the U.S. by various national bar organizations and publications. He is fluent in French and Vietnamese.

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Credentials

LL.M., Harvard Law School

LL.B., University of Ottawa, Canada

LL.M., University of Ottawa, Canada

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Board Member, AAA-ICDR (2017)

General Counsel, Silicon Beach Young Professionals Association (2015-present)

Member of Board of Directors, AAA and ICDR (2015-2017)

Member of Council and Asia and California Advisory Committees, AAA and ICDR (2017-present)

Member of Executive Committee and Jury Instructions Subcommittee, State Bar of California’s Litigation Section (2014-2016)

Member of International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2019)

French

Vietnamese

California Traiblazer


The Recorder - 2019

Distinguished Advocate Award


Philippine-American Bar Association - 2014

Religious Liberty Award


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California - 2009

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Recognition

California Traiblazer


The Recorder - 2019

Distinguished Advocate Award


Philippine-American Bar Association - 2014

Religious Liberty Award


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California - 2009

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Matters

Arbitration

Represented a major oil company in an ICC arbitration, seated in Paris, in a nine-figure dispute over tax refunds and clean-up costs pursuant to an oil project off the Vietnamese coast. 

Represented major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration, seated in Vietnam, over the construction of a major highway near the Vietnam-China border

Represented Vietnamese shareholders in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, in a dispute against a global pharmaceutical company over the sale of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical business

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Arbitration

Represented a major oil company in an ICC arbitration, seated in Paris, in a nine-figure dispute over tax refunds and clean-up costs pursuant to an oil project off the Vietnamese coast. 

Represented major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration, seated in Vietnam, over the construction of a major highway near the Vietnam-China border

Represented Vietnamese shareholders in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, in a dispute against a global pharmaceutical company over the sale of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical business

Represented a Korean investment fund in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, against joint venturers over a real estate project in Vietnam

Served as presiding arbitrator in one of the first international arbitration hearings under the auspices of the ICC in Vietnam.

Represented U.S. satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration, seated in London, against a Greek company partner over the design and operations of high-resolution imaging satellite and related processing center located in Athens

Represented U.S. engineering company in an AAA arbitration, seated in Paris, against a French conglomerate relating to the construction of a semiconductor facility located in France

Represented major school district in JAMS arbitration, seated in California, against a Canadian software company and others, relating to a defective $100 million student information software system

Civil Disputes

Represented Reggie Brown in a well-publicized lawsuit over the co-ownership of Snapchat. Obtained substantial settlement

Represented Douglas Warstler in a high-profile co-founder dispute over the ownership of Yik Yak, winner of Techcrunch's 2015 "Fastest Rising Startup Award." Obtained substantial settlement

Advised co-founders and executives of several “unicorn” technology companies (valued at over $1 billion) in ownership disputes

Advised major litigation funding company in assessing potential multibillion-dollar case on behalf of the co-founder and employees of a leading e-commerce company

Lead class counsel in a wage and hour class action against major dental manufacturer that settled for $11.5 million in 2016, one of the largest wage and hour settlements in California history

Obtained a $1.6 million jury verdict in partnership dispute involving a Vietnamese-language television company

Represented multiple Vietnamese fishermen in the Gulf Coast and appointed co-chair of a key subcommittee by the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in the BP Oil Spill Multi-District Litigation

Obtained complete defense verdict in a two-month RICO trial against major financial services company, one of the few civil RICO cases ever tried to verdict in the U.S.

Defended Grab, a Singapore-based ridesharing company, in an anti-competition lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese taxi industry

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Matters

Arbitration

Represented a major oil company in an ICC arbitration, seated in Paris, in a nine-figure dispute over tax refunds and clean-up costs pursuant to an oil project off the Vietnamese coast. 

Represented major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration, seated in Vietnam, over the construction of a major highway near the Vietnam-China border

Represented Vietnamese shareholders in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, in a dispute against a global pharmaceutical company over the sale of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical business

See more
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Matters

Arbitration

Represented a major oil company in an ICC arbitration, seated in Paris, in a nine-figure dispute over tax refunds and clean-up costs pursuant to an oil project off the Vietnamese coast. 

Represented major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration, seated in Vietnam, over the construction of a major highway near the Vietnam-China border

Represented Vietnamese shareholders in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, in a dispute against a global pharmaceutical company over the sale of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical business

Represented a Korean investment fund in an SIAC arbitration, seated in Singapore, against joint venturers over a real estate project in Vietnam

Served as presiding arbitrator in one of the first international arbitration hearings under the auspices of the ICC in Vietnam.

Represented U.S. satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration, seated in London, against a Greek company partner over the design and operations of high-resolution imaging satellite and related processing center located in Athens

Represented U.S. engineering company in an AAA arbitration, seated in Paris, against a French conglomerate relating to the construction of a semiconductor facility located in France

Represented major school district in JAMS arbitration, seated in California, against a Canadian software company and others, relating to a defective $100 million student information software system

Civil Disputes

Represented Reggie Brown in a well-publicized lawsuit over the co-ownership of Snapchat. Obtained substantial settlement

Represented Douglas Warstler in a high-profile co-founder dispute over the ownership of Yik Yak, winner of Techcrunch's 2015 "Fastest Rising Startup Award." Obtained substantial settlement

Advised co-founders and executives of several “unicorn” technology companies (valued at over $1 billion) in ownership disputes

Advised major litigation funding company in assessing potential multibillion-dollar case on behalf of the co-founder and employees of a leading e-commerce company

Lead class counsel in a wage and hour class action against major dental manufacturer that settled for $11.5 million in 2016, one of the largest wage and hour settlements in California history

Obtained a $1.6 million jury verdict in partnership dispute involving a Vietnamese-language television company

Represented multiple Vietnamese fishermen in the Gulf Coast and appointed co-chair of a key subcommittee by the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in the BP Oil Spill Multi-District Litigation

Obtained complete defense verdict in a two-month RICO trial against major financial services company, one of the few civil RICO cases ever tried to verdict in the U.S.

Defended Grab, a Singapore-based ridesharing company, in an anti-competition lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese taxi industry

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Credentials

LL.M., Harvard Law School

LL.B., University of Ottawa, Canada

LL.M., University of Ottawa, Canada

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Board Member, AAA-ICDR (2017)

General Counsel, Silicon Beach Young Professionals Association (2015-present)

Member of Board of Directors, AAA and ICDR (2015-2017)

Member of Council and Asia and California Advisory Committees, AAA and ICDR (2017-present)

Member of Executive Committee and Jury Instructions Subcommittee, State Bar of California’s Litigation Section (2014-2016)

Member of International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2019)

French

Vietnamese

California Traiblazer


The Recorder - 2019

Distinguished Advocate Award


Philippine-American Bar Association - 2014

Religious Liberty Award


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California - 2009

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Recognition

California Traiblazer


The Recorder - 2019

Distinguished Advocate Award


Philippine-American Bar Association - 2014

Religious Liberty Award


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California - 2009