Practices Area

Business Litigation, Arbitration, Judgment Enforcement, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense


Derek joined the LE & TRAN team at the time the Firm was first established in 2011 and has been a key member of the litigation team. He frequently represents the Firm and its clients in numerous trials in a wide range of commercial and labor disputes in the industries of construction, insurance and manufacturing both at Court and at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre.  Besides Derek’s professionalism and vast experience in corporate counselling, he exhibits a distinct interest in the development and progress of the law by the utilization of various international treatises and practices related to complex legal issues.  This provides a significant advantage to our clients in devising effective strategies and solutions to real-world problems.


LLB (Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam)



Vietnamese and English


  • Provided critical assistance to an oil and gas company in an extremely contentious labor dispute resolution, reversing a previously unfavorable result obtained by another law firm;
  • Defended a Korean real estate corporation in a construction dispute at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre.  Despite the limited evidence available, he successfully reduced more than half of the client’s liability by using the evidence of the opposing party against them;
  • Successfully defended a manufacturer from an unwinnable lawsuit, by using legal counterattacks to pressure the opposing party into withdrawing their complaint;
  • Represented a multinational corporation in filing a lawsuit against a former employee for slander and successfully obtained the highest-possible compensation allowed under Vietnamese law;
  • Provided long-term support and direction to two large global manufacturers in the footwear industry with thousands of employees concerning their daily labor & employment matters;
  • Advised a luxury car brand on the establishment of its operations in Da Nang City;
  • Provided consultation and advice to a Korean real estate corporation on the development of a condotel and resort project in Ba Ria – Vung Tau;
  • Provided indispensable legal advice to a foreign finance corporation in its banking project with a Vietnamese local bank in Vietnam.

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