Kim Tran is an attorney with Microsoft’s Corporate, Legal and External Affairs (CELA) where she provides employment law advice on Microsoft’s global programs with a current focus on mergers and acquisitions. Kim previously worked as an attorney investigator on Microsoft’s Employment Relations Investigations Team (ERIT). Prior to joining Microsoft, Kim was the Employee Relations Manager at Seattle City Light, and a litigation shareholder with the Seattle law firm formerly known as Stafford Frey Cooper. During her 12 years at the law firm, Kim’s practice focused on employment law and she litigated hundreds of civil matters. Kim occasionally serves as judge pro tem in King County District Court.
Kim is the immediate past President of the King County Bar Association which oversees the interests of the 15,000 attorneys who practice in King County. Kim is past board president of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), the largest nonprofit agency serving the Asian Pacific American population in Washington, where she volunteered as a naturalization teacher from 1999 to 2009. ACRS completed a $19.1M capital campaign project under Kim’s leadership as board President.
In recognition of Kim’s commitment to the Asian American community, Kim received “The Motivator” Award at Verizon Wireless’ annual APA Bash in 2012. In 2010, the Puget Sound Business Journal named Kim to its 40 Under 40 list of top entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Greater Seattle metropolitan area. Kim is honored to have received the Excellence in Diversity Award from the WSBA as co-founder of the Washington Minority Bar Associations Collaborations Project (2009); the Trailblazer Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans Seattle Chapter (2009); recognition as one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics (2002–2009).
Kim has previously served on the boards of the following organizations: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Foundation (board member); Asian Bar Association of Washington (President, 2006, Community Service Award, 2004); Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations (Committee Chair, 2009); and the Vietnamese American Bar Association (board member). Kim is a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation, was an inaugural WSBA Leadership Institute Fellow (2005), WSBA’s Judicial Institute (2012), and was an invited member of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. Kim received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, her B.A. degree from Tufts University (English and Political Science) and Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Washington. She and her husband live in Washington with their three young sons and dog.