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Joanne Tran


University of California, Irvine

Seattle University School of Law

In 2014, Joanne Tran joined Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wenzel as an associate. Her practice is focused on public entity defense, dangerous conditions, and civil rights issues.


Ms. Tran earned her BA in International Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010. During her undergraduate years, she served on the board of Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity. In 2013, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Tran served on the board for the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. Prior to joining the firm, she completed a post-bar fellowship with the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office and clerked for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office as a certified law student.


She is currently an active member of the Earl Warren Inn of Court, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Asian American Prosecutors Association, and Alameda County Bar Association.


Ms. Tran has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 2013 and is admitted to the Federal District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.




California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) – 2019: “Critical Changes in the Law – Impact on Defending Police in Civil Rights Cases”


Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) – February 2021: “Rope Swings, Mountain Bikes, Hillsides, and Trees – What Possibly Could Go Wrong? Using Immunities and Other Risk Management Strategies to Minimize Exposure in Dangerous Condition and Inverse Condemnation Cases”

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