Attorney Van Tran served three full terms as a member of the California State Assembly, from 2004 to 2010. He represented the 68th Assembly District in Orange County, including the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Stanton, Santa Ana, and Westminster, comprising approximately 500,000 residents.
From 2000 to 2004, Van was a councilman and vice-mayor of the City of Garden Grove, having garnered the highest number of votes in the history of the city’s council election. Van was also a Garden Grove planning commissioner from 1999-2000. He is a charter member of the prestigious American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), and a Delegate to the 2002 Young Leaders Conference, hosted by the American-Swiss Foundation. Van has received numerous awards for his civic leadership and and over 20 years of community service.
While in the Legislature, Van was "of counsel" to Snell & Wilmer, a nationally-based law firm of 500 attorneys, prior to taking a leave of absence for a Congressional run in 2010. At Snell, he assisted the partners with client development strategies, organized seminars on pending legislation affecting current legal practices, and provided oversight with cases retained by the firm.
Currently, Van is an equity partner with the Irvine law firm of Baric, Tran & Minesinger, specializing in government relations and corporate law. He was recently retained as "of counsel" to Newmeyer & Dillion, a Newport Beach law firm, to help with the firm's client development strategy and international trade outreach issues.
Van completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and went on to earn both a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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