Lee Tran & Liang LLP Welcomes New Partner Eugene Hahm

San Francisco, CA — March 7, 2014

San Francisco, CA – March 7, 2014 – LTL is proud to announce the continued expansion of its intellectual property litigation team. Eugene Hahm joins LTL as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property and complex commercial litigation groups, and will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

With over 20 years of experience, Eugene focuses on a broad range of civil litigation and arbitration matters, including business torts, unfair competition, antitrust, patents and other intellectual property, and other complex commercial disputes. His substantial experience includes litigating matters in state and federal courts throughout the country at both the trial and appellate levels. Eugene is active in all phases of litigation disputes, including pre-litigation counseling, law and motion practice, complex discovery, and jury and bench trials.

In addition, Eugene has cultivated wide expertise in representing non-profit organizations and charitable foundations in trust and fiduciary litigation between fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and creditors. He has successfully handled multiple will and trust contest disputes on behalf of his charitable beneficiary clients and routinely represents corporate trustees in claims involving breaches of fiduciary duty.

Prior to joining LTL, Eugene served at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP for over 12 years where he was an associate and later a partner in the intellectual property and complex commercial litigation groups. Prior to Manatt, he served as a litigation associate at Coudert Brothers LLP. Eugene started his career at Cooper, White and Cooper in San Francisco.

Eugene earned both his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1993 and 1990, respectively.

“Eugene’s addition is a big win for LTL,” said partner Enoch Liang, who heads LTL’s San Francisco Office. “He brings tremendous experience and we look forward to continuing to build on our success in intellectual property litigation.”

Lee Tran & Liang LLP Celebrates Partner’s In-House Move and Welcomes New Partner

Los Angeles, CA — February 4, 2014

LTL Celebrates Henry Wang’s New In-House Position

LTL is proud to announce that partner Henry Wang has started a new position as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Herbalife, a client of the firm. In this position, Henry is in charge of the company’s global litigation matters.

“Given Henry’s expertise and the tremendous results he achieved for his clients over his 16 year career as outside counsel, Henry is a perfect match for his position at Herbalife,” said partner Enoch Liang. “LTL wishes him the absolute best and we look forward to continuing and building on our relationship with Herbalife.”

LTL Welcomes New Partner Damian Martinez
LTL is proud to announce its continued expansion of its trial and litigation team. Damian Martinez joins LTL as a partner in the firm’s complex commercial litigation group. Damian served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California for five years. As a federal prosecutor, Damian conducted grand jury investigations, tried 10 cases to verdict, and handled multiple appeals before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Damian also responded to multiple extradition requests from foreign nations. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Damian served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.).

Most recently, Damian was a name partner at Corbin, Athey & Martinez LLP where he focused his practice on complex business litigation and criminal matters. He was also an in-house litigation counsel for MGA Entertainment, an entertainment and consumer products company where he was responsible for managing outside counsel in domestic and international cases. Damian began his career as a litigation associate at Irell & Manella LLP.

Damian graduated with honors from Columbia University School of Law in 1998. In 1994, Damian obtained a B.A. with honors in philosophy from UCLA. Damian serves on the board of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit organization based in Boyle Heights that provides direct legal representation in family law and housing law at no cost to its clients.

“Damian is a tremendous trial attorney,” said partner James Lee. “With the type of talent and experience that Damian brings to the firm, we are continuing to build our robust trial team to achieve the best results possible for our clients.”

Lee Tran & Liang LLP Selected to the National Law Journal Litigation Boutiques Hot List

Los Angeles, CA — February 3, 2014

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) announces that it was selected to the National Law Journal Litigation Boutiques Hot List. After a rigorous selection process LTL was selected as one of 10 litigation boutiques across the country, for the outstanding results it achieved in 2013 as well as the high-profile matters it currently handles.

The NLJ observes, “At the 10 law firms spotlighted here, it’s all about skill, not size. The lawyers at these litigation shops, all of which have fewer than 51 attorneys, are as clever at practicing on paper as they are at wooing a jury.” With respect to LTL, the NLJ notes that the firm’s “string of successes grew a lot longer” in 2013, and “…the firm has developed a solid reputation for wins in intellectual property, commercial disputes and employment law…” – The National Law Journal, February 3, 2014.

“We are truly honored and humbled to be selected to this list,” said firm managing partner James Lee. “We owe this accolade to the incredible support and trust our clients have placed in us in handling some of their most significant matters, and the equally amazing contribution from our attorneys and staff. We will strive to continue to achieve the results our clients deserve.”

This is the latest in a series of accolades LTL received in recent months. As announced in late 2013, the firm received the 2013 Minority-Owned Law Firm Client Service Award from the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP). Several LTL clients, including Fortune 500 companies, strongly supported the firm’s nomination by praising the firm’s outstanding service and results-oriented approach.

California Court of Appeal Upholds Another Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP Victory

Los Angeles, CA — November 2013

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) successfully defended an appeal involving a high-profile investor visa scheme.

LTLW represented Plaintiff/Appellee, a Chinese national who sought an EB-5 investor visa by investing $530,000 in a fund controlled by California attorney Justin Moongyu Lee, and his law firm Lee & Kent. Despite an arrangement whereby Plaintiff’s monies would be returned in full if her I-526 Petition was denied for any reason, Attorney Lee refused to refund the monies to Plaintiff/Appellee after her petition was denied and she chose not to continue with her I-526 Petition.

LTLW filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Lee, his law firm, and the investment fund in 2012. LTLW moved aggressively by obtaining a temporary protective order and writ of attachment against Defendants. Thereafter, Defendants settled within days and agreed to return the full amount of the investment plus attorneys’ fees in a written, executed short-form settlement term sheet. However, Defendants only ended up repaying $300,000, later claiming that the short-form settlement term sheet was just an “agreement to agree” on a later long-form settlement agreement.

LTLW moved to enforce the short-form settlement term sheet under CCP 664.6. The Superior Court ruled in favor of Plaintiff/Appellee. Defendants appealed.

The Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s entry of judgment and enforcement of the settlement term sheet, stating that under the circumstances of the case and the prior actions of the parties, there was no “uncertainty or incompleteness of the contract.” LTLW is currently investigating other potential actions involving Lee, his law firm, and related investment funds. The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against Lee.

LTLW partner Enoch Liang and senior associate Cyrus Khojandpour represented the Plaintiff/Appellee.

Appellate Court Upholds Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP’s Victory for City of Long Beach

Los Angeles, CA — November 2013

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) successfully blocked a plaintiff’s novel attempt to compel arbitration against a defendant who was not a party to the arbitration agreement.

LTLW represented the City of Long Beach in an action brought by Promise Hospital of East Los Angeles. The Hospital alleged that CIGNA and the City failed to pay for medical services that it provided to a City employee under the City’s health plan. (Promise Hospital of East Los Angeles, L.P. v. Cigna Corporation et. al., Case No. B243126). The Hospital argued that it could compel arbitration against the City, even though the City was not a party to the agreement containing the arbitration provision, which was entered into by the Hospital and CIGNA. The trial court ruled that the arbitration provision was not enforceable against the City, and the Court of Appeal affirmed. The Court’s detailed opinion adopted all of LTLW’s arguments, holding that none of the grounds to compel a non-signatory to an arbitration provision applied in this case. Namely, the Court ruled that: 1) the City was not a third-party beneficiary, 2) there were no grounds for “direct-benefits” estoppel, and 3) CIGNA was not the City’s authorized agent for purposes of agreeing to arbitration. A contrary ruling could have had far-reaching effects for companies and individuals seeking to exercise their constitutional right to a jury trial.

LTLW partners Henry Wang and Kevin Bringuel led the successful appeal on behalf of the City of Long Beach.

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP Announces Expansion of Northern California Office

South San Francisco, CA — October 20, 2013

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) announces the expansion and relocation of its Northern California office to 601 Gateway Blvd., Suite 1010, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Phone numbers and emails remain the same.

LTLW opened its Northern California office in Redwood City just two years ago and during that time, it has tripled its attorney headcount. The new office, strategically located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, is ideal to serve LTLW’s growing client base of both technology and traditional enterprises located across Northern California. The office will continue to focus on intellectual property litigation matters as well as other complex business disputes.

“We are very excited by our growth, which can only be attributed to our clients’ incredible support. We look forward to continuing to exceed our clients’ expectations,” said name partner Enoch Liang, who manages the office.

LTLW Wins Summary Judgment of Noninfringement and Invalidity for VIZIO

Los Angeles, CA — October 10, 2013

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) scored another patent victory for client VIZIO, Inc. against an infringement lawsuit brought by plaintiff and non-practicing entity, Oplus Technologies, Ltd. On October 3, 2013, the Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment of invalidity and non-infringement on two patents held by Oplus in favor of VIZIO.

In this case, filed in December 2011, Oplus alleged that certain VIZIO televisions infringed 10 patent claims from two patents related to methods of video signal processing, particularly deinterlacing and error correction. Video processing in the accused televisions is performed by chipsets contained in VIZIO televisions, and the methods and algorithms used therein are trade secrets of the third-party manufacturers of the chipsets. The Court found, as argued by VIZIO, that there was a complete absence of evidence to support either direct or indirect infringement by VIZIO. The Court also found that every element of one of the patents was described in a prior art publication, and therefore the patent was invalid.

“We are extremely pleased by the court’s findings,” said LTLW name partner Enoch Liang. “This victory marks LTLW’s second Summary Judgment victory this year for VIZIO, in patent infringement cases brought by patent trolls. We will continue to voraciously defend VIZIO against shakedown and meritless lawsuits that have no application to VIZIO products.”

VIZIO was represented by LTLW and Glaser Weil.

Oplus was represented by Chicago patent troll firm Niro Heller & Niro.

LTLW Partners Appointed to California State Bar Executive Committees

Los Angeles, CA — September 18, 2013

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) announces that two of its partners have been appointed as Executive Committee Members of select sections of the California State Bar. Partner James Lee was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Law Practice Management & Technology Section, and partner K. Luan Tran was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section.

The Law Practice Management & Technology Law Section is the only section of the State Bar of California exclusively devoted to the practical aspects of starting and growing a law practice. As Managing Partner of LTLW, James Lee brings a wealth of practical experience to the Executive Committee. For example, after starting Lee & Tran with just another partner, James has been instrumental in transforming Lee & Tran into LTLW today, with over 20 lawyers in 3 offices across California.

The purpose of the Litigation Section is to promote excellence in all areas affecting dispute resolution. K. Luan Tran’s extensive experience in civil litigation and trials, and domestic and international arbitrations will undoubtedly benefit all members of the Executive Committee, and by extension, the California Bar.

Both will begin their service at the close of this year’s State Bar Annual Meeting on October 14th.

“We are honored for these appointments, and we look forward to serving our colleagues,” said partners James Lee and K. Luan Tran.

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP Receives CMCP’s Client Service Award

Los Angeles, CA — September 10, 2013

The California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) announced Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) as the recipient of the 2013 Minority-Owned Law Firm Client Service Award. The award is awarded to the CMCP minority-owned law firm that has best demonstrated outstanding client service. Several LTLW clients, including Fortune 500 companies, strongly supported the firm’s nomination by praising the firm’s outstanding service and results-oriented approach.

“We are very grateful for and humbled by this award,” said partner and firm co-founder James Lee. “As we continue our tremendous growth to become one of the premier litigation firms, awards such as CMCP’s Client Service Award validate our efforts to exceed client expectations and satisfaction and for that, we are immensely thankful.”

About LTLW

Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) is a California-based law firm focusing on business and complex litigation and counseling. The firm’s attorneys have practiced at prominent law firms including Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis, Lovells, Manatt Phelps, Reed Smith and Sheppard Mullin, and are graduates of top law schools. Primary practice areas include complex business litigation (breach of contract, aggrieved investors and professionals, financial fraud, class actions and commercial disputes), intellectual property litigation (patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets), and employment defense (wage & hour class action, discrimination, harassment, unpaid wages, and wrongful termination). LTL offers a number of creative fee arrangements in appropriate matters. For more information, please contact partner Thomas Suh at (213) 612-3737 / thomas.suh@ltlw.com or visit our website at www.ltlw.com.

Firm Changes Name to Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP and Expands its Los Angeles Office

Los Angeles, CA — August 8, 2013

Lee Tran & Liang APLC will now be known as Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) with the addition of new partner Henry Wang. Mr. Wang will serve as co-chair of the firm’s commercial litigation group. He is a seasoned attorney whose practice spans a wide array of industries that include financial institutions, retailers, emerging and foreign companies, public and government entities, manufacturers, and publishers. He has represented his clients in matters involving real estate disputes, commercial litigation, unfair competition, defamation, employment law, and first party “bad faith” insurance claims. In addition to advocating his clients’ interests in the courtroom, Mr. Wang also advises his clients on general legal issues in their day-to-day business operations. Some of Mr. Wang’s clients include O’Reilly Auto, Newegg, Farmers Insurance, American Golf, and Pinkberry. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wang was a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Reed Smith; and Baute Crochetiere & Wang.

“We are very excited to have Henry join us,” said James Lee, co-founder of LTLW. “He brings a tremendous amount of expertise, and together, we look forward to continuing the firm’s incredible growth.”

“Having worked at some of the most prominent global law firms, I am extremely excited to join LTLW, which offers ‘big firm’ sophistication with personalized flexibility and attention to our clients’ needs,” said Mr. Wang.

In addition, to accommodate the firm’s growth, LTLW is pleased to announce that it has relocated its Los Angeles office to 601 S. Figueroa, Suite 3900, Los Angeles, California 90017. Telephone and fax numbers will remain unchanged. LTLW’s new Los Angeles office will provide an advanced document scanning and digital filing system that will improve LTLW’s eDiscovery capabilities, and its ability to effectively serve its clients’ needs in all geographic locations.

About LTLW Attorneys
Lee Tran Liang & Wang LLP (LTLW) is a California-based law firm focusing on business and complex litigation and counseling. The firm’s attorneys have practiced at prominent law firms including Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis, Lovells, Manatt Phelps, Reed Smith and Sheppard Mullin, and are graduates of top law schools. Primary practice areas include complex business litigation (breach of contract, aggrieved investors and professionals, financial fraud, class actions and commercial disputes), intellectual property litigation (patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets), and employment defense (wage & hour class action, discrimination, harassment, unpaid wages, and wrongful termination). LTLW offers a number of creative fee arrangements in appropriate matters. For more information, please contact partner Thomas Suh at (213) 612-3737 / thomas.suh@ltlw.com or visit our website at www.ltlw.com.