Firm Partner Selected To Participate In State Bar’s First Leadership Training Program

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran is pleased to announce that partner K. Luan Tran was among twelve attorneys selected to be a Scholar in the State Bar of California’s Access & Fairness Leadership Academy (AFLA). The AFLA is the State Bar’s first comprehensive program to provide leadership training to a group of promising attorneys from diverse backgrounds who aspire to become leaders in the legal profession.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Luan to build upon his already proven skills and leadership ability,” said Firm Partner James M. Lee. “Luan has already demonstrated keen leadership ability both in his caseload and in community affairs. There is no doubt that the AFLA will further advance him in the legal profession.”

Luan was chosen to be a Scholar in the AFLA by an Advisory Committee of prominent members of the profession and judiciary. The AFLA training will take place in four workshops over a one-year period, including three workshops at major State Bar events, the first being the Leadership Forum in June 2004 and ending with the State Bar Spring Summit in June 2005.

Arbitration Award of Nearly $1,000,000 in Landslide Case

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran’s client was recently awarded nearly $1 million at the end of a two-year arbitration with JAMS. The case, involving seven different parties, arises out of a massive landslide that occurred in Orange County a few years ago. The parties went through several lawsuits, appeals, and mediations before agreeing to submit their disputes to binding arbitration before the former Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court.

This achievement is the latest in a string of successful results obtained by Firm lawyers in arbitration proceedings. Firm lawyers have previously obtained several victories in proceedings before leading arbitration institutions in the world, including JAMS, American Arbitration Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and New York Stock Exchange.

Firm Starts Patent Litigation Group Headed by Former Big Firm Partner

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

LTL is pleased to welcome Steven Hansen to head its Patent Litigation Practice Group. Steve has the distinction of making partner after only three years out of law school at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, consistently recognized as among the leading patent litigation firms in the country. At Quinn Emanuel, Steve successfully represented major companies such as Mentor, Applied Materials, and Eaton Corporation in several high-stakes patent disputes. Steve holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Prior to attending law school, Steve was a process engineer and process control engineer for Amoco Oil Company. He has experience in a wide variety of technologies, including lubricant chemistries, polyalkylene glycols, alkylene oxide production processes, oil refining, exhaust aftertreatment, nucleic acid isolation and purification, molecular diagnostic testing, protein chemistry, biosensors, nanotechnology, transdermal drug delivery, rapid prototyping, immunoassays, bicycle components, vehicle lifts, polymers, pressure sensitive adhesives, medical devices, scanning electron microscopy, vehicle safety systems, remote controls, and business methods.

Also joining the LTL Patent Litigation Practice Group is Edward Quon. Ed, a graduate of Yale University (B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry) and University of Southern California (J.D.) was a formerly a patent litigator with intellectual property powerhouses Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Kenyon & Kenyon. Ed’s patent litigation and prosecution experience includes a broad range of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical processes and products, Internet and e-commerce, data storage, access, and synchronization, wired and wireless e-mail, wired and wireless networks, music recognition and downloads, encryption and copy protection, analog and digital signal processing, computer software, hardware, and peripherals, and other mechanical and electrical devices.

LTL Partner Enoch Liang remarked: “The LTL Patent Litigation Practice Group was established to respond to our clients’ increasingly vital intellectual property needs and assets. With the addition of Steve and Ed, I believe that our patent litigators have the know-how and experience comparable to our counterparts at major law firms to handle sophisticated “bet the company” patent disputes.” The LTL Patent Litigation Practice Group is indeed off to an impressive start. LTL has been retained to replace a major international law firm in three patent litigation matters spanning several states, including a protracted dispute against Google.

Firm Obtains Defense Verdict After Two Month Long RICO Trial

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran obtained a complete defense verdict for its clients after a grueling two-month trial in the Complex Civil Department of the Orange County Superior Court. The Firm’s clients were sued by a leading financial services company under the convoluted Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The plaintiff was represented by two experienced trial counsel, one of whom was flown in from another state just to try this case. Despite the fact that the Firm was retained on the eve of the original trial date, it was able to master over one million of documents and the complex RICO law, and mount a successful defense for its clients.

Firm Defeats TRO Application In Litigation Between Training Centers for U.S. Olympians

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran was hired to defend a training center used by several U.S. Olympians against a lawsuit and an application for temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by a competing center. The Firm had about 12 hours after the hiring to appear at the TRO hearing. After working throughout the night on the opposition papers and oral arguments, the Firm successfully convinced the Court that the TRO application should be denied. A motion to dismiss this high-profile lawsuit filed by the Firm’s client is being considered by the Court.

Firm Partners Selected “Southern California Rising Stars” in the Legal Profession

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran Partners Selected As “Southern California Rising Stars” By Leading Legal Publication

Lee & Tran is proud to announce that its partners James M. Lee and K. Luan Tran were recently selected as two of “Southern California Rising Stars” by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazines. The selection was made after a survey of prominent lawyers who were previously recognized as “Super Lawyers” by the magazines. These lawyers were asked to name “the best lawyers who are 40 or under” in Southern California whom they have personally observed in the legal field. In addition to the general survey, the magazines’ attorney-led staff also conducted independent research and assigned points based upon a pre-defined evaluation criteria. Mr. Lee and Mr. Tran will be listed in the September 2004 issues of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Editions.

“This distinction is particularly gratifying because it was bestowed upon us by our peers and a group of leading members of our legal profession,” stated firm partner James M. Lee. “This continues a trend where our achievements in the legal field have been recognized by the State Bar of California and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.”

Firm Wins Another Anti-SLAPP Motion and Recovers Attorney’s Fees

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

The Firm recently won another anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss in Los Angeles Superior Court. Plaintiff sought an injunction for a civil harassment stay away order against our client for words and actions taken during a deposition. We moved to dismiss the request based upon the interference of defendant’s right to litigate the action freely. After extensive briefing on the issue and oral argument, the Court agreed with our motion and dismissed the injunction request. The Court also granted LTL $22,015 in attorney’s fees as the prevailing party.

Significant Recovery For Client in Bad Faith Insurance Case

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

On behalf of a multinational corporation, the Firm recently obtained a confidential settlement against a leading insurance company for a bad faith denial of insurance benefits in connection to the defense and damages of a trademark infringement action. After a large national law firm referred this case to Lee & Tran, the Firm filed suit and conducted aggressive discovery of defendant. This included depositions of various claim adjusters, and the propounding of extensive written discovery. The Firm also hired the nation’s foremost author and expert on the legal issues in dispute. After the Firm prevailed on a motion to compel, the insurance company was forced to produce documents that demonstrated the extent of the bad faith denial of insurance benefits. A few days after producing these documents, the defendant asked to settle the matter on confidential terms and paid a settlement amount that represented more than the compensatory damages suffered by the Firm’s client, in addition to attorney’s fees.

Firm Changes Name to Lee Tran & Liang

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

Lee & Tran APLC has changed its name to Lee Tran & Liang APLC in recognition of partner Enoch Liang’s contributions to the growth of the firm. Mr. Liang heads the firm’s China-U.S. Litigation Practice and is one of the few attorneys in the country who has practiced IP litigation and trial work with the best firms in both the U.S. and China. Mr. Liang has published several articles outlining his experience in litigating matters in China.

Mr. Liang graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He then practiced for several years at Quinn Emanuel, the leading trial firm in the U.S. For the past four years, Mr. Liang went to China to practice IP litigation and trial at the largest local firm and then Lovells, where he tried and litigated several headline-grabbing IP matters. Mr. Liang was also in charge of the day-to-day enforcement of IP rights for Apple products in both China and Hong Kong.

“Enoch has been a great addition to our firm’s overall practice. Not only does he have the experience but the talent to win cases” said Luan Tran, co-founder of the firm.

Firm Obtains Certification from the National Minority Supplier Development Council

Los Angeles, CA — January 2010

The Firm was recently recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC) as a “minority owned and managed company”. The SCMBDC is one of the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organizations in the country, and is one of 38 regional councils to the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Its mission is to support and develop minority business enterprises to compete and succeed in the open market.

Partner K. Luan Tran stated “The Firm is excited to have been certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the SCMBDC. We look forward to the opportunity to provide high quality legal services to SCMBDC members.”

A copy of the Firm’s certification can be downloaded here. SCMBDC.