Profile

Luan has more than 20 years of experience in international arbitration, with a recent emphasis on matters relating to Southeast Asia.

Before coming Boies Schiller Flexner, Luan cofounded the law firm Lee Tran & Liang, chairing its international arbitration practice and helping to build it into a 35-lawyer firm that was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 litigation boutiques in the U.S. And he also recently lived and worked in Singapore and Vietnam, where he was a partner at the law firm YKVN, handling complex international arbitration disputes relating to regional investment, construction and real estate projects. Previously, he was an early member of the international arbitration practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. 

In addition to his international arbitration experience, Luan is recognized as an expert 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 called him the “go-to lawyer” in this area. During his career, Tran has recovered over $200 million on behalf of plaintiffs. Tran's experience and success for plaintiffs gives him significant advantages and insights when representing defendants. 

Luan co-authored the Vietnam chapters for two leading international arbitration publications and frequently speaks on the growing Southeast Asian market. Luan recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors of the AAA and the ICDR, and is an ICC arbitrator. 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.

Experience

Luan’s representative matters include:

Arbitration

  • Appointed by the ICC as the Presiding Arbitrator in an international dispute, venued in Vietnam, over the construction of an airport facility in southern Vietnam
  • Represented major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration, venued in Vietnam, over the construction of a major highway near the Vietnam-China border
  • Represented Vietnamese shareholders in an SIAC arbitration, venued 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, venued in Singapore, against joint venturers over a real estate project in Vietnam
  • Represented U.S. satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration, venued 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, venued in Paris, against a French conglomerate relating to the construction of a semiconductor facility located in France
  • Represented major school district in JAMS arbitration, venued in California, against a Canadian software company and others, relating to a defective $100 million student information software system

Co-Founder and Other 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 payday loan 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

Publications & Presentations

International Arbitration Review, co-author of Vietnam chapter (9th Edition, 2018)

Global Arbitration Review Know‐How, co-author of Vietnam chapter (2017)

Education

  • Harvard Law School, LL.M.; Graduate Program Fellow; Harvard University Dean’s Fund Fellow
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B; LL.M. in International Law

Admissions

Bars

  • California
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

Awards and Associations

Top 20 Under 40 in California, Daily Journal (2003)

Best Under 40 in America, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2004)

Co-Chair, National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (2005)

Religious Liberty Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (2009)

Distinguished Advocate Award, Philippine-American Bar Association (2014)

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

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

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

Member of Council and Large Cases and International Advisory Committees, AAA and ICDR (2017-present)