Huy Tran was born in Hawthorne, California to Hai Tran and Kim Ho, Da Nang natives who escaped Vietnam by boat. They moved to the Bay Area soon after arriving. Huy’s parents provided for their family by taking on any work they could find, including Hai Tran doing landscaping and Kim Ho sewing and mending clothes. Eventually, they were able to open a nail salon, which became successful and led to the opening of other locations. Huy Tran graduated from Middle College High School in San Pablo before attending San Jose State University.
While he was a Spartan, Huy Tran was active as a brother and Vice-President of Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, President of the Vietnamese Student Association, and in various roles in student government. He led a coalition of student organizations and worked with the faculty union at SJSU to challenge budget cuts to the California State University system, tuition hikes, and other statewide issues. He also found a passion for community organizing, and helped initiate regional and national networks for Vietnamese youth based organizations across the country.
After graduating from SJSU with a degree in political science and minors in Asian American Studies and Economics, Huy Tran joined the labor movement as an organizer for UNITE HERE International. He spent three months in Mississippi organizing Casino workers, but was transferred to Washington D.C. after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast, where he was a business agent for hotels that were already unionized. He also spent time working for Cindy Chavez’s mayoral campaign and organizing hotel workers in San Jose before he was accepted into the Class of 2012 at Santa Clara University School of Law.
At SCU Law, Huy Tran focused his curriculum on labor and employment law. He developed experience by volunteering at the Worker’s Rights Clinic at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center. Through the clinic, he successfully settled a discrimination claim and a misclassification claim before even graduating. While at SCU, he also clerked for the National Labor Relations Board, where he investigated claims under the National Labor Relations Act, and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, where he processed initial charges and reviewed active charges for merit.
Huy is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
– Superior Court of California, all counties
– United States District Court, District of Northern California
– United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
Huy is also a member of the following Professional Associations:
– American Bar Association
– California State Bar Association
– Santa Clara County Bar Association
– Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California
– California Employment Lawyers Association