Boies Schiller Flexner today announced the addition of K. Luan Tran to its growing presence in California, where he will contribute to an international arbitration practice focused on the Pacific Rim. Tran will join the firm as a partner in its Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices.
Tran has over 20 years of experience in international arbitration, with a recent emphasis on matters relating to Southeast Asia. Before joining Boies Schiller Flexner, Tran lived and worked in Singapore and Vietnam, where he was a partner at YKVN, a prominent regional firm, handling complex international arbitration disputes relating to investment, construction and real estate projects.
“Luan’s background, ability, and entrepreneurial spirit would make him a great addition to any law firm in the world. Combined with the culture and resources of BSF, I know he will be particularly successful here,” said Boies Schiller Flexner Chairman David Boies.
Previously, Tran was the head of the arbitration practice at Lee Tran & Liang, a California law firm that he co-founded and that was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 litigation boutiques in the United States. He contributed as co-author of the Vietnam chapter in both the Global Arbitration Review and the International Arbitration Review, and frequently speaks on the growing Southeast Asian market. He is fluent in French and Vietnamese.
“Our clients will benefit from Luan’s extensive expertise in international arbitration, especially in Southeast Asia, and from his experience with the technology industry in California,” said Boies Schiller Flexner Managing Partner Jonathan Schiller, who heads the firm’s international arbitration practice.
Natasha Harrison, the head of the firm’s London office, said: “Luan is an important hire for the firm, adding further depth to our international disputes practice, particularly in the growing Southeast Asian market. I am very much looking forward to working with him.”
In addition to his international arbitration experience, Tran 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. Tran represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and his experience and success for plaintiffs gives him significant advantages and insights when representing defendants.
“Boies Schiller Flexner has a global reputation for excellence in high-stakes disputes. It is also home to some of the most accomplished trial and arbitration lawyers in the business. I am excited at the opportunity to work with them,” Tran said. “I look forward to using my distinctive background to represent U.S. and international clients in arbitration matters relating to Southeast Asia, a dynamic region that will soon have the fifth largest economy in the world,” he said.
Boies Schiller Flexner merged with Los Angeles-based Caldwell Leslie & Proctor in April 2017, and in January litigator Quyen Ta joined the firm in Northern California from litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters. The firm opened a new office in Palo Alto, in addition to its offices in Oakland and Santa Monica, in 2015.