Lien was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. At the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, Lien was twelve years old when she immigrated to the United States with her family. As a teenager, Lien overcame the language barrier by putting in 4 to 5 hours a night to look up each word she needed to know for her assignments in the English dictionary. She also overcame economic hardship by working as a waitress from high school through college to help support her family and put herself through school.Lien was the first in her family to graduate from college.
From an early age and through her life experiences, Lien learned the value of perseverance, hard work, and dedication. Since the age of 8 years old, Lien knew she wanted to be a lawyer. She loved people and dreamed of making the world a better place. Her passion for the law and its power to facilitate fairness and equal justice compelled Lien to focus on doing whatever it took to become a lawyer.
Before pursuing a career in law, Lien worked as a liability adjuster, investigator, negotiator, litigation adjuster, and claims supervisor for major insurance companies from 1986 to 1994. While working full time and raising a family, Lien attended law school at Western State University in Orange County. In law school, Lien received the American Jurisprudence Award for family law and tort classes. She graduated in 1993 and earned a tax certificate with her J.D. degree.
Hired by a major insurance company in 1994, Lien worked as an insurance defense lawyer to handle personal injury litigation cases. She was the managing attorney from 1999 to 2008 for the legal department of an insurance company in San Diego County.
While working as an insurance defense lawyer, Lien took on pro bono family law cases. In addition, she assisted her brother and husband, who are both lawyers, while they were in private practice with their family law and business litigation cases.
After years of working for a corporation and self-reflection, Lien realized her vision of having her own practice in 2008. It took an incredible amount of courage and planning for Lien to take the risk of going out on her own. The major factor in Lien's decision to take that leap was because she realized that her skills and hard work were only being used to increase corporate profits. She was excellent at her job, but was not helping any deserving people. It was really difficult to give up a good pay check, good benefits, and a title, but she is so glad she did it.
On her growth since starting her own practice, Lien says, "I have become a much better lawyer as I have to be very resourceful to represent individual injured clients. I have to find ways to overcome the successful campaigns of insurance companies that label injured victims as 'greedy' and 'anti-American'." So many people have unfortunately and unknowingly forfeited their rights as a result of the fears and guilt of being branded for "milking the system" and filing "frivolous lawsuits." Her awareness of this hurdle fuels Lien not only to fight for her clients, but also to help bring awareness to the community of their legal right to compensation for their harm.
Since starting her own practice in 2008, Lien has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients. Lien has successfully tried many personal injury and family law cases in the Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. Over her twenty-one years of litigation practice, she has resolved hundreds of cases through mediations and arbitrations.
In August 2011, Lien obtained a $12.3 million verdict for her clients at trial in a brain injury motor vehicle accident case.
In May 2015, Lien obtained a $277,500 verdict at trial in a case involving a client with chronic pain due to soft issue injury from a motor vehicle accident. Her client's medical bills were only $17,500 and prior to trial, Defendants' insurance company thought that their offer to settle for $38,000 was more than generous.
At the Law Offices of Lien T. Tram, no case is too small or too big. What is important to Lien and her staff is that the injured person get the help they are entitled to.
Ms. Tram’s areas of expertise include personal injury and family law. She is a member of the State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, San Diego Bar Association, North County Bar Association, and the Vietnamese Bar Association.
Lien lives in North San Diego County with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a dog. Lien enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her family, and volunteering for the community. Lien is an active member of the Vietnamese community in San Diego and Orange Counties.
Lien’s journey from a small Vietnamese town to the United States, her hard work, and ability to persevere have shaped her into a strong advocate for her clients. As Lien’s client, you will benefit from her skills, knowledge, and excellent work ethic. Most importantly, you will get the personal attention, respect, and fairness that you deserve.
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