Phong L. Tran

Senior Associate

Mr. Tran is a senior associate at Johnson Fistel.  Prior to joining Johnson Fistel, Mr. Tran worked at the preeminent plaintiff class action firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and the well-respected boutique litigation firm of Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman, LLP. In addition, he previously served as a prosecutor, first as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and then as a Deputy City Attorney with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Notable matters in which Mr. Tran served as counsel of record include, among others: Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners (D. Mass.) (largest class action antitrust settlement ever in which no civil or criminal government action was taken); In re Midland National Life Ins. Annuity Sales Practices Litig. (C.D. Cal.); Negrete v. Fidelity and Guaranty Life Ins. Co. (C.D. Cal.); In re Conseco Ins. Co. Annuity Marketing & Sales Practices Litig. (N.D. Cal.); IBEW Local 697 Pension Fund v. Int’l Game Tech. (D. Nev.); In re Groupon Marketing and Sales Practices Litig. (S.D. Cal.); In re LivingSocial Marketing and Sales Practices Litig. (D.D.C); In re Pacific Biosciences Sec. Litig. (Cal. Super. Ct., San Mateo Cnty.); and Matin v. Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. (D. Ill.).

Areas of Practice:  Mr. Tran focuses his practice on complex securities, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and consumer class action litigation.  He has litigated numerous class actions in state and federal courts around the country, and has helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for injured investors and consumers.

Professional Qualifications and Activities:  Mr. Tran was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999, and is currently admitted in good standing with the following courts:

  • All courts in the State of California
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Mr. Tran is also a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court—Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego

Education:  Mr. Tran earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.  During law school, Mr. Tran served as a judicial extern for United States District Court Judge Richard A. Paez, who now sits on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Tran graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Economics.