LTL Obtains Sweeping Victory in International Arbitration

LTL Attorneys LLP (LTL) obtained a complete arbitration victory on behalf of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flash memory storage devices and software solutions. The four-year dispute involved claims of unfair competition by one of the company’s former foreign distributors. The case included a multitude of issues such as contract interpretation, international freight policies, accounting practices, and complex damages disputes. It also required extensive international discovery including foreign depositions.

Following a five-day arbitration at the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the distributor’s claims, which originally sought millions of dollars in damages, were denied in their entirety. Instead, the Arbitrator issued an offset award in favor of LTL’s client and ordered the Claimant to pay all arbitration expenses.

LTL’s arbitration team included partners Enoch H. Liang and Eugene L. Hahm, and associate Tiffany S. Hansen, all based in LTL’s San Francisco office. “We could not have achieved a better outcome and are thrilled with the result,” said managing partner Enoch H. Liang. “The outcome is the result of LTL’s focus, determination and experience in devising and executing a winning litigation strategy in close partnership with our client. As with every case, LTL was singularly focused on achieving our primary goal – to deliver the best for our clients.”

LTL Welcomes Partner David Ammons and Four New Attorneys

LTL Attorneys LLP (LTL) is proud to welcome new partner David Ammons and four other attorneys to its Los Angeles Office.

DAVID W. AMMONS

David has joined LTL as a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation and employment defense groups. He brings impressive trial experience, having first- chaired 23 jury trials to verdict.

Prior to LTL, David served as Deputy City Attorney for the city of San Francisco, where he handled all facets of commercial and employment claims. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, David started his career at Baker & Hostetler and was also associated with Manatt Phelps and Schiff Hardin before joining the City Attorney’s Office.

MICHAEL J. SONG – Senior Counsel

Michael has joined LTL’s patent litigation group. Michael served as counsel at Perkins Coie, and as an associate at Foley and Lardner. He earned his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, his M.S. in Biomedical Chemistry from Thomas Jefferson University, and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

ALEX HU – Associate

Alex has joined LTL as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property and complex commercial litigation groups. Most recently, he clerked for Hon. Charlene Honeywell, of the US District Court, Middle District of Florida.  Prior to his clerkship, Alex served at Quinn Emanuel and Davis Polk as a litigation associate.  He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S. in Biological & Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Mechanical Engineering, from Cornell University.

THY BUI – Associate

Thy has joined LTL as a senior associate in the firm’s employment litigation group. Thy served for six years as a litigation associate at Crowell & Moring.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School and her Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.

MICHAEL AUGUSTIN – Associate

Michael has joined LTL as an associate in the commercial litigation group, after having completed his clerkship for Hon. André Birotte Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Georgia.

LTL Attorneys is Named as One of Best Firms at Developing and Implementing Alternative Fee Arrangements

In the latest BTI Consulting Group report, “BTI State of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs),” LTL ATTORNEYS LLP (LTL) was named by corporate counsel as one of only 22 firms of the 650 law firms serving the Fortune 1000 as best at developing and delivering AFAs.  This accolade is particularly gratifying because the selected firms did not apply for consideration.  LTL shares this recognition with such notable firms as Kirkland & Ellis, Fish & Richardson, McGuire Woods, Morgan Lewis, Bartlit Beck, Orrick Herrington, and Wilson Sonsini.  LTL is the only NAMWOLF® certified minority and woman owned law firm on this list.

The report states that AFAs accounted for $21.1 billion of outside counsel spending in 2015 and found that AFAs have finally become the cost control tool they were intended to be.

Fortune 1000 Clients shared six key reasons why LTL and the other 21 firms stood out:

  1. Responsiveness. Partners have authority to enter into an AFA quickly.
  2. Confidence, comfort, and enthusiasm in pursuit of the AFA.
  3. Flexibility. Offer to change the approach as matter objectives evolve and are agreed upon.
  4. Shared Risk. Willingness to take some risk – firms have “skin in the game.”
  5. Focused and efficient. Clients see their law firms operating like an Olympic swimmer-no wasted strokes.
  6. Client-centric. Firms stick to the agreement and never complain.

This recognition complements LTL’s numerous recent honors, and validates LTL’s efforts to lead the industry in developing innovative fee options for the most complex matters clients face. LTL’s Managing Partner James Lee stated: “We are honored that our focus on unparalleled client service continues to be recognized by our clients.  In addition to the many technological innovations we have brought to our practice, our suite of creative AFA options have ensured that our interests are aligned with those of our clients.”

LTL Partner Enoch Liang Recognized by BTI as a “Client Service All-Star”

Enoch Liang, LTL Attorneys’ (LTL) Intellectual Property Group Chair, has been recognized as a 2016 “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group. BTI has identified only 312 attorneys nationwide (in all practice areas), who “stand out as absolutely best at client service.  Not just great—but head and shoulders above the rest as defined solely by clients.”

Law 360 reported further on the BTI All-Star list in its February 7 article entitled “GCs Name Favorite IP Lawyers.” As noted in the Law 360 article, there were only “30 IP attorneys recognized in the BTI report.”  Besides Enoch, other IP lawyers named to the “2016 Client Service A-Team List” included lawyers from internationally recognized firms, such as Morrison & Foerster, Fish & Richardson, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, Covington & Burling, and WilmerHale.

According to BTI, “[n]o attorney or firm can self-nominate, self-refer nor pay to be included.  The only possible avenue for becoming a BTI Client Service All-Star is for corporate counsel to identify an attorney who stands out—above all the others—for delivering superior client service, in an unprompted manner.  Only clients select and decide.”

This honor complements LTL recently being named to the “2016 Client Service A-Team List” by BTI.  LTL’s Managing Partner James Lee stated:  “2015 and 2016 have been banner years for LTL, especially when it comes to awards received from the legal community.  We are very happy that our focus on unparalleled client service continues to be recognized by our clients.”

LTL Partner Recognized as Trademark Litigation Expert

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Enoch Liang as a “Recommended Expert” in trademark litigation. The full quote from WTR is reproduced below:

Name partner and IP chief at Lee Tran & Liang [LTL] Enoch Liang “deals with trademark matters wonderfully; he is well versed in litigation and his clients always walk away happy”.  He has practiced in both the United States and China, affording him a unique perspective on cross-jurisdictional mandates and giving the companies he serves a secure foothold in one of the world’s key jurisdictions through an extensive network of contacts.

WTR publishes an annual independent research directory called the WTR 1000—the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.  Each year, WTR undertakes an independent, qualitative, market research project which seeks to identify leading trademark practitioners around the world.  WTR’s full methodology is outlined here.

Other firms recognized by the WTR include Quinn Emanuel, Fenwick & West, Knobbe Martens, Irell & Manella, and Greenberg Traurig.

“We are incredibly proud of Enoch to have received this recognition from the WTR,” stated James M. Lee, LTL’s managing partner.  “We are especially thrilled with the quote about LTL’s client service, which LTL prides itself on.  This award, coming on the heels of LTL being named to the 2016 BTI Client Service A-Team List, further confirms that our focus on client service is noticed and appreciated.”

LTL Selected to 2016 BTI Client Service A-Team List

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is proud to announce that it has earned a coveted spot on the BTI 2016 Client Service A-Team List for recognition as a top performing leader in client service. The BTI Client Service A-Team is the gold standard—used by law firms and corporate counsel alike—to assess how global law firms and national boutique firms compare in the delivery of client service.

Each year, BTI reaches out to legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue. The analysis is based on seventeen objective ranking factors, which in-house attorneys agree drive the strongest relationships with law firms. The BTI Client Service A-Team is the only law firm ranking based solely on direct, unprompted feedback from corporate counsel. In-depth interviews with more than 300 corporate counsel reveal that LTL delivers better client service than over half of the law firms serving the world’s largest clients. LTL achieved particular recognition in four key categories: client-focused; value for the dollar; core scope; and regional reputation.

Out of a field of more than 650 law firms serving the Fortune 1000, LTL ranked higher than most AmLaw 200 firms. Some of the other prestigious law firms on the list include Skadden Arps, Quinn Emanuel, Cravath, Latham & Watkins, Wachtell Lipton, Gibson Dunn, Boies Schiller, Susman Godfrey, O’Melveny & Myers, and Morgan Lewis. Furthermore, LTL is one of only three member firms of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”) to be included on this list.

“We are thrilled to be part of this prestigious list,” stated James M. Lee, LTL’s managing partner. “As we build upon our reputation as one of the premier litigation boutiques in the nation, we appreciate the recognition from our Fortune 1000 clients. We view our clients as long term partners. We have devoted extensive resources over the past few years to recruit highly talented attorneys from large firms, and to implement innovative project and case management tools and trial techniques, to deliver superior and efficient client service. This recognition builds upon the success we have had in the past two years by being recognized as NAPABA’s Law Firm of the Year in 2015 and one of the ten firms named to the National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List in 2014. We look forward to continuing to deliver outstanding client service in 2016.”

LTL Named NAPABA’s APA Law Firm of the Year

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is proud to announce that the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected LTL for its 2015 Law Firm of the Year Award.

LTL is one of the largest minority-owned firms in the country focusing solely on complex business litigation and trials. AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, LTL was founded in 2003 by a group of former Quinn Emanuel attorneys. Today, LTL has 33 attorneys with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County handling complex commercial, intellectual property, class action, insurance coverage, and employment defense litigation matters for numerous Fortune 500 companies, other global industry leaders, and successful entrepreneurs. In addition, LTL has recently litigated several high profile technology co-founder disputes and also represents leading software companies in licensing and copyright disputes – often on a contingency fee basis.

LTL attorneys include former partners and senior attorneys from other prestigious law firms such as Irell & Manella, Perkins Coie, Paul Hastings, Morgan Lewis, Sheppard Mullin, Goodwin Procter, and Manatt Phelps, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. LTL has received numerous other accolades in recent years, including being named as one of ten firms on the National Law Journal’s 2014 Litigation Boutiques Hot List and receiving the 2013 Client Service Award from the California Minority Counsel Program.

“We are incredibly honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” stated LTL co-founder and managing partner James M. Lee. “We have built LTL into one of the most recognized litigation boutiques in the country. By attracting and developing the best possible talent, we are able to deliver excellent results for our clients. Our trial and litigation skills, our efficient staffing practices, and our embrace of technological and project management innovations, all underscore LTL’s commitment to a client-first philosophy. We look forward to exceeding our clients’ expectations for many years to come.”

About NAPABA and the Award

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, representing the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Each year, NAPABA picks a law firm for the award based on two criteria–whether the firm: 1) achieved prominence and distinction while maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards in the profession, and 2) demonstrated strong commitment to the APA community. NAPABA will present the award to LTL at its Annual Convention on November 7th in New Orleans, Louisiana.

LTL Partner Elected to AAA Board

LTL Partner Elected to American Arbitration Association Board

LTL partner K. Luan Tran has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The AAA, and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), provide conflict-management services in more than 80 countries. In 2014, it had the largest number of filings among the major international arbitral providers. Luan will serve a four-year term on the Board, which includes some of the most prominent dispute resolution experts in the world.

Luan chairs LTL’s arbitration practice. At both LTL and his prior firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, 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. He is fluent in French and Vietnamese.

“We are very proud of Luan’s election to the Board of the AAA and its international division, the ICDR. We have no doubt that Luan will contribute to the storied history of the organization,” said LTL managing partner James M. Lee.

LTL Obtains Seven-Figure Verdict for VIZIO in Federal Trial

On behalf of VIZIO, Inc., America’s #1 Smart TV Company, LTL obtained a complete trial victory in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. VIZIO filed a breach of contract suit against Gemtek Technology Company Ltd., a large electronics manufacturer, over the delivery of defective wireless HDMI devices. VIZIO was awarded all the damages it sought, including costs and interest, totaling over $1.4 million. VIZIO also defeated the defendant’s counterclaims in their entirety.

The case involved new and complex hardware and software technology, and witnesses from various countries. LTL conducted targeted discovery, and used the latest technology to manage discovery and create powerful trial demonstratives. But more importantly, LTL was able to aggressively and successfully cross-examine and impeach Gemtek’s witnesses to such an extent that Gemtek rested its case early without calling its final witnesses.

LTL’s trial team included partner James M. Lee, and associates Timothy Fox and Cyrus Khojandpour. Gemtek was represented by a five lawyer trial team from Venable LLP, including the head of its Intellectual Property Department. “LTL is proud of the trial victory for VIZIO,” said managing partner James M. Lee. “We leveraged our experience, background in technology, and trial presentation skills to obtain the result VIZIO deserved.”

LTL Expands Its Patent Litigation Practice with Two New Partners

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) bolsters and expands its Intellectual Property (IP) litigation practice with the addition of former Goodwin Proctor partner Vincent Yip and his colleague Peter Wied.

Vincent and Peter focus their practice on patent litigation. They each have more than 17 years of patent litigation experience. They have been involved in a number of significant patent cases, including representing Quanta Computer in its successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court in Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics, which revived the doctrine of patent exhaustion. They have won cases both at trial and on appeal, obtaining complete victories for their clients. Their cases cover a broad range of consumer electronics technology and their clients include some of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world.

Vincent earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii.

Peter earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, with honors, from Brown University.

“LTL is honored to have Vincent and Peter as part of our growing intellectual property team,” said managing partner James M. Lee. “Their experience, background, and track record significantly contributes to our patent litigation team and firm overall, as we continue to build a sophisticated and recognized global litigation boutique.”