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I joined the Law Offices of Stephen Benda in 2003 as a paralegal while attending law school.  Upon passing the California Bar Exam in December 2006, I became a litigation associate.  Since 2009, I became a trial attorney at that office.

Recognizing the need of many individuals who cannot afford legal services with quality, I found the POLARIS Law Foundation in 2010 and works in conjunction with the POLARIS Group Legal Services, hoping to be able to provide low-income individuals with legal access and services.  Currently, the POLARIS Group provides low cost or pro-bono services on a case by case basis.  I hope I will be able to obtain funding, grants, and donations to provide more legal services for those that need them the most, yet unable to obtain them.  

I am now practice under my own law office because I wish to spend more time to work with the low-income individuals to bring them the promise of equal access to the law.  Many recent immigrants do not understand the US legal system and they are afraid to approach an attorney, fearing they cannot afford the services.  Unfortunately, many of them became victims of fraud. 

I focus my practice in bankruptcy, collections and enforcement of judgment law, representing businesses and individuals located locally, as well as out-of-state and overseas in litigation and collection.  I also litigate personal injury cases as well as medical malpractice and elder abuse cases.  Occasionally, I also assist with misdemeanor criminal matters, family law cases involving highly disputed custody issues due to my background in working with children as an undergraduate at UC Davis.  I also attended immigration hearings with Vietnamese clients on a limited representation.  I value the relationships I have with my clients and give each of my client the personal attention that they deserve.  


Languages spoken: Vietnamese, English

Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 25%
    12 years
  2. Debt Collection: 25%
    12 years
  3. Chapter 13: 15%
    12 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    11 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($225-300/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices of Vi K. Tran

1625 The Alameda
Suite 800
San Jose, CA, 95126-2225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Vi Katerina Tran2010 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices Of Stephen Benda2006 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bay Area Bankruptcy ForumMember2009 - Present
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
IBAHRI Media Law and Freedom of ExpressionMember2009 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ford Motor Credt Company v. WatersOrder Reversing The Judgment. Case is published.
Vellequette, DDS, PC v. Computer Resources, et al.Settlement
Vellequette, DDS, PC v. RodriguezBench Trial, Plaintiff's Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
83 Cal.Rptr.3d 826Ford Motor Credit Company v. Waters2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lincoln Law School of San JoseLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - DavisChild Development & Family StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1996
University of California - DavisPsychology with Biological EmphasisBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Golden Gate University School of LawIntellectual PropertyLL.M - Master of LawsN/A