Of Counsel

TRAN KINH LUAN

Luan is an experienced trial lawyer and expert in dispute resolution. Luan practiced international arbitration with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, widely recognized as the largest and most prominent litigation-only law firm in the world.  He then co-founded Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) and chaired the firm’s arbitration practice. Luan grew LTL into a 40-lawyer litigation firm that received numerous accolades, including being honored by the National Law Journal in 2014 as one of the top ten litigation boutiques in the U.S.  Luan was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its international division the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). The AAA and ICDR provide conflict-management services in more than 80 countries, and have the largest number of filings among the major international arbitral providers.

Luan has successfully participated in various complex arbitration matters involving American, Asian, South American, European, and Middle Eastern parties before most of the leading arbitral institutions all over the world.  He is one of the few attorneys with academic and litigation experience with both the civil law and common law systems.

Representative Matters - Domestic and International Arbitration

  • Representing real estate developer in partnership dispute against consortium of investors from South America over the building and operations of a Ritz Carlton hotel and residential development project.
  • Represented co-founder of high-profile Internet beauty services company in cofounder dispute.
  • Represented one of the largest school districts in the country in dispute against Canadian software provider over the failed design and implementation of district-wide student information software.
  • Represented leading U.S. hi-tech engineering company in dispute against Japanese conglomerate the building and operations of product returns center.
  • Represented leading Israeli venture capital firm in a dispute against NASDAQ company involving breach of buyout agreement.
  • Represented U.S. financial institution in proceedings against former employees.
  • Represented homeowners in claims for damages arising out of major landslide in Orange County.
  • Represented U.S. satellite manufacturer in dispute against Greek company partner over the design and operations of processing center located in Athens and related imaging satellite.
  • Represented U.S. engineering company in dispute over the construction of semi-conductor facility located in France.
  • Represented investor in dispute over shareholder agreement against medical provider and physician group.
  • Represented co-founder in dispute with fellow co-founder pertaining to an Asian nutritional business.
  • Represented major construction company in arbitration proceedings over the construction of a multi-use project in Peru.

 

Representative Matters - Civil Court

  • Lead counsel for Reggie Brown in his well-publicized lawsuit over the ownership of Snapchat.  Forbes magazine profiled Luan's work on this and other matters and called Luan "the go-to lawyer in tech for ousted cofounders".
  • Lead counsel for Douglas Warstler in high-profile cofounder dispute over the ownership of Yik Yak, often called the "next Twitter" and winner of Techcrunch's 2015 "Fastest Rising Startup Award".
  • Lead class counsel in a wage and hour class action against leading dental manufacturer that settled for $11.5 million.
  • Defended a leading Korean auto part maker in a multi-party lawsuit over the withdrawal of over $12 million from a Swiss bank account.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in a two-month RICO trial filed by financial services company.  This was one of the few civil RICO cases ever tried to verdict in the U.S.
  • Represented several prominent investors in Ponzi-scheme lawsuit against international bank.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar jury verdict in partnership dispute involving an Asian-language television company.
  • Appointed as co-chair of a key subcommittee by the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in the BP Oil Spill Multi-District Litigation in Louisiana.  This was perhaps the largest class action matter in U.S. history.

KEY INFORMATION


EDUCATION

Harvard Law School (LL.M., Graduate Program FEllow, Harvard University Dean's Fund Fellow, 1997)

University of Ottawa (LL.M., International Law, 1996; LL.B., 1993)


BAR MEMBERSHIP
  • California