“Employment Law Perspective: Workplace Challenges in the Age of COVID-19”
Kim Tran is Of Counsel at Ogletree Deakins, an international labor and employment law firm with more than 900 lawyers across 53 offices in 31 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Ms. Tran has 14 years of experience in a broad range of practice areas defending cases in state courts, federal courts, and arbitration panels throughout the country. She represents employers in matters before the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also represents state agencies against civil rights claims under Section 1983. She regularly provides advice and counsel to employers in matters involving handbook policies and procedures, employment and separation agreements, workplace investigations, litigation avoidance, discipline, and termination.
Her firm is one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the world, representing businesses in all kinds of employment-related matters in a variety of industries of all shapes and sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies across the globe. It has been listed in The American Lawyer’s Global 100, a list of the 100 largest law firms ranked by revenue, attorney head count, and profits. A leader in legal technology innovation, in 2019, Ogletree Deakins won the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) Transformation Project of the Year Award for the firm’s internal chatbot – KARLOS (akin to Apple’s SIRI) which answers the firm employees’ frequently asked questions. The firm also prides itself in its focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives, offering a wide range of professional development and inclusion groups and services for its attorneys and clients. In 2019, it was recognized for the third time as one of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother Media. By the numbers, 56% of its attorneys are women, 28% of its attorneys are minorities. The Firm’s Board of Directors is 33% female, while it’s Compensation Committee is 40% female.
Ms. Tran is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University School of Law. She is a child of Vietnamese immigrants who came to the US in the late 1970’s, and the wife of a Vietnamese immigrant who came to the US as a child in the 1980’s. Pre-pandemic she was a frequent international traveler, most recently spending time with her extended family in Vietnam in January. Although deeply rooted in and incredibly proud of her family’s history and culture, she was raised in Oklahoma and considers herself an Oklahoman. Ms. Tran serves on the YWCA’s Asian American Women’s Task Force and is a supporter of the Asian American District Cultural Association. She is a member and has held leadership positions within DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar. She is also a member of NAPABA, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as well as the Oklahoma County and state bar associations.
Prior to joining Ogletree, she worked at Oklahoma based law firms where her defense practice included employment law, as well as products liability, premises liability, construction law, and complex commercial litigation. She has been spending the last three months working from home, reinforcing her Vietnamese language abilities, re-learning Chinese, homeschooling her 7 year old son, cleaning up after her husband and two dogs, and daydreaming about her next international adventure.
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