Phone (713) 223-8855 x 2002
Trang Tran is a trial lawyer that constantly works on honing his skills and improving his craft. Trang’s practice is primarily focused on civil litigation involving commercial disputes and employment law. For over 20 years, Mr. Tran has been working with individuals and businesses. He has worked with a wide range of companies from mom-and-pop stores to start-ups to established multi-national companies. His work encompasses a large number of services including HR and business counseling to representation in court and arbitration. He has arbitrated, and litigated in federal and state courts, with a focus on prosecuting claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-compete, theft of trade secrets and breach of contract. Through representing international companies and workers he has learned the nuances of cross-cultural communication, as well as the skills that a lawyer needs when handling all aspects of working with a widely distributed workforce.
He also has significant experience prosecuting wage and hour class actions. Mr. Tran counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters. He has consulted with and represented executives in non-compete and theft of trade secrets matters. Trang has successfully argued cases before federal and state appeals courts. Trang been nominated by his peers as a top employment lawyer in the annual Super Lawyers listings.
• South Texas College of Law, 1995
• Houston Baptist University 1992
• Board Member-Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of
• Board Member -Texas Employment Lawyers Association
• Board Member and former President of the Houston Chapter of the
National Employment Lawyers Association
• Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law section
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association
• National Employment Lawyers Association
• Former President- Asian American Bar Association
• Former Chair- Mayor’s Affirmative Advisory Committee
• Former Chair- Midtown Management District
• Texas Bar
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
• U.S. Supreme Court
SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
• “Potential legal issues for remote workers” Houston Bar Association Labor
and Employment Lunch panel – August 12, 2019-Houston, Texas.
• “Strategic use of the Initial Discovery Protocol to obtain ESI in Arbitration
& Houston Federal Courts” November 2018, Houston- Houston Chapter of
the National Employment Lawyers Association.
• “FLSA Wage & Hour Collective Action” National Farmworkers law
Conference, Houston, Texas November 2018
• “Seeing Eye to Eye with ESI” Surviving in the Fifth Circuit- annual
seminar- Texas Employment Lawyers Association, October 19, 2018,
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico.
• “FLSA Update” August 2018, Houston Chapter of the National
Employment Lawyers Association.
• “FLSA Issues” 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute Aug. 24 –
25, 2018, Marriott Marquis, Houston, Texas
• “Preparing Plaintiff for FLSA Deposition.” 2017 National Employment
Lawyers Association Convention, San Antonio, Texas.
• “Best Practices for ESI Discovery” 2017 National Employment Lawyers
Association Convention, Los Angeles
• “FLSA Update” 2016 Texas Employment Lawyers Association-
• “Common FLSA Mistakes” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2016;
• “ESI On the Offense” National Employment Lawyers Association
• “Proving Up FLSA Damages” National Employment Lawyers Association
• “Cross Examination of a Hostile Witness” Texas Bar CLE – 23rd Annual
Advanced Employment Law Course, January 22-23, 2015. Dallas, TX;
• “FLSA Update” September 14-15, 2012. Labor and Employment Law
Institute- San Antonio, Texas.
• “Summary Judgment” Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law Texas Bar
CLE– 16rd Annual Advanced Employment Law Course, January 2008,
I routinely advise clients on non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and confidentiality agreements. I have worked with employees in a variety of industries, including in the tech and biotech sectors, medical and pharmaceutical professionals, employees in the service industry, non-profits and creative industries and at companies of all different sizes from early-stage start-ups to global companies.
I also routinely work with employees who are exiting their employment and have received a severance agreement. I am able to provide a review of an agreement to make sure that you understand what you are signing and what restrictions it may place on your future. I am also able to negotiate on your behalf to make sure that you are being treated fairly.
Some examples include:
- I represented a consultant at a global consulting firm who was presented with an employment agreement that included non-competition and non-solicitation components.
- I advised a technical professional considering a job change on the enforce-ability and potential ramifications of the non-competition agreement he had signed with his current employer.
- I served as personal counsel to a co-founder of a start-up negotiating his employment agreement with the company’s counsel to ensure that his rights as an individual were protected.
- I negotiated a complicated severance package on behalf of a high-level professional in the tech industry.
Employment Discrimination and Unfair Wages
I care deeply about issues of social justice and equity in the workplace, and have represented clients who have experienced discrimination or other unfair treatment. Some examples include:
- Gender Equity: I have represented employees who are the victims of sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace. I recently helped a female employee who was being paid significantly less than her male counterparts negotiate a raise to correct the inequity.
- Fair Payment of Wages: I have helped individuals to obtain wages they are owed by their employers, including individuals working in the energy, service and tech industries. I have also worked with sales people regarding commissions owed to them, both in reviewing and drafting contracts to protect their commissions and engaging in litigation to recoup earned but unpaid commissions.
- Disability Discrimination: I work with clients who have experienced discrimination and retaliation on the basis of their disability or in response to requesting an accommodation for their disability.