Luan is an experienced U.S. trial and international arbitration lawyer.  He has over 20 years of experience handling some of the most complex commercial disputes all over the world.  Luan practiced international arbitration with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the largest and leading litigation-only law firm in the world.  He then co-founded Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) and chaired its arbitration practice. Luan grew LTL into a 40-lawyer litigation firm that was recognized by National Law Journal in 2014 as one of the top ten litigation boutiques in the U.S.  He has also participated in various complex arbitration matters involving American, Asian, South American, European, and Middle Eastern parties before major arbitration institutions.

Luan has been recognized as one of the leading up-and-coming trial attorneys in the U.S., particularly in commercial disputes between partners and joint-venturers.  Forbes magazine profiled Luan’s work in the tech industry and called him “the go-to lawyer in tech for ousted cofounders.”  The State Bar of California selected Luan to serve on the Executive Committee of its Litigation Section where he advised on proposed jury instructions. Luan was honored as one of the best young lawyers in the U.S. and California by various national bar organizations and publications.  A former U.S. Attorney who opposed Luan in a high-profile jury trial called Luan “one of the finest trial lawyers I’ve faced, and I’ve faced some of the best in the country.”

Luan recently completed his term on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its international division at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).  He currently serves on the AAA-IDR Council and its Complex Cases and International Adivisory Committees.  Luan is also a sought-after speaker on international arbitration in Asia.  His recent speaking engagements included three-day seminars in Seoul for major Korean companies doing business in Vietnam, an international conference in Vietnam organized by the International Bar Association where he will be discussing the Singapore International Arbitration Center, and another major international conference in Los Angeles organized by the AAA regarding international arbitration in Asia.

Luan has three law degrees, two from Canada and one from Harvard Law School.  He is fluent in French and Vietnamese.

Representative Matters – Domestic and International Arbitration
  • Representing major Korean investment fund in SIAC arbitration, venued in Singapore, over the proposed sale of a large hotel and retail complex located in Vietnam.
  • Representing leading Korean construction company in soon-to-be-filed ICC arbitration venued in Vietnam over the construction of a major freeway near the Vietnam-China border.
  • Representing leading Vietnamese pharmaceutical company in shareholder dispute with Japanese partner (arbitration venue to be determined).
  • Represented Vietnamese shareholders in SIAC arbitration, venued in Singapore, in a dispute against a global pharmaceutical company over the sale and operation of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical business.
  • Represented 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 in Southern California.
  • Represented U.S. satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitraiton 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 LCIA dispute over the construction of semi-conductor facility located in the South of France.
  • Represented co-founder of high-profile Internet beauty services company in cofounder dispute.
  • Represented the second largest school district in the U.S. in AAA dispute against Canadian software provider over the failed design and implementation of a $100 million student information software.
  • Represented leading U.S. hi-tech engineering company in AAA dispute against Japanese conglomerate the building and operations of product returns center.
  • Represented leading Israeli venture capital firm in a AAA arbitration against NASDAQ company involving breach of buyout agreement.
  • Represented homeowners in claims for damages arising out of major landslide in Orange County in a multi-party JAMS arbitration.
  • Represented investor in an JAMS arbitration over shareholder agreement against medical provider and physician group.
  • Represented co-founder in AAA dispute with fellow co-founder pertaining to an Asian nutritional business.
  • Represented major construction company in ICC arbitration proceedings over the construction of a multi-use project in Peru.
  • Represented investors in disputes over the contruction of several multi million-dollar gas stations in Northern and Sounterhn California.

Representative Matters – Civil Court

  • Lead counsel for Reggie Brown in his well-publicized lawsuit over the co-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”. The case settled for over $150 miilion.
  • 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”. The case settled for a confidential, but substantial, amount.
  • Lead class counsel in a wage and hour class action against leading dental manufacturer that settled for $11.5 million, one of the largest wage and hour settlements recorded in California in 2016.
  • Defended a leading Korean auto part maker in a multi-party lawsuit over the withdrawal of over $12 million from a Swiss bank account. The case involved parallel proceedings in Switzeland, Korea, and the U.S.
  • 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, including NFL players and movie executives, 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, which resulted in over $12 billion in claims paid by BP to date.
  • Represented leading engineering company in a whistleblower lawsuit involving claims in excess of $500 million and spanning over 10 years, the longest running case in the history of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Advised co-founders of several “unicorn” tech companies (those valued at over $1 billion) in ownership disputes.

Key Information

Dispute Resolution
International Arbitration
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