About the Founder and Managing Attorney:
Mr. Sonny Tran is a lawyer with 10-years of construction management experience prior to practicing law. He was born in Columbia, SC and spent most of his childhood growing up in Charlotte, NC. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Civil-Construction Engineering from North Carolina State University, he worked as a construction manager on several high profile residential, commercial and mixed-use developments in the Washington, DC area. Such projects include The Hartford mixed-used development in Arlington, VA, the CityVisa mixed-used development in DC’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood, and the Harbourside condominiums located along DC’s Georgetown Waterfront. He collaborated with many city officials, developers, design consultants and subcontractors in successfully completing each project over a 9-yr span.
During his time in Washington, DC, Mr. Tran help managed the construction and renovation of over 900 residential units and several commercial projects totaling over $250,000,000. He sought bid proposals and negotiated contracts with various contractors, vendors, and suppliers totaling over $35,000,000.
Mr. Tran returned to his hometown of Charlotte, earned his Juris Doctor degree and gained valuable legal skills in areas relating to various business matters and property law. His knowledge of International Business Arbitration and International Internet Law is attributed to his experience studying abroad in Paris, France under the guidance of the honorable Judge Hawkins and Judge McKeown. Both judges are federal judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
With the background and experience in construction, real estate development, and land use, Mr. Tran has a unique and technical understanding of many issues relating to those areas of law. Combining those prior technical skills with the legal skills have prepared Mr. Tran and the Tran Law Firm to effectively navigate clients through many legal issues.
Michael D. Umberger
Kenia S. Johannes – Attorney, Of Counsel
Ms. Kenia Johannes is an attorney licensed in the State of North Carolina. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and grew up in small town Kearny, New Jersey. She moved with her husband and two daughters to North Carolina in 2007, and considers Charlotte home.
Ms. Johannes finished her last year of high school at the Ataulfo Alves School in São Paulo, Brazil, and upon returning to the States, went on to be listed as an achiever of academic excellence in “Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges.” She met her husband, Angus, in English 101, where they competed which each other for top of class. She graduated in the top 2% of her undergraduate class, and with magna cum laude honors, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, having double majored in English and Criminal Justice.
Ms. Johannes graduated with cum laude honors from law school and achieving her Juris Doctor is the highlight of her academic career. While in law school, she served two semesters as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing, and served as the Editor-in-Chief for the academic Property Law Journal. She also served as a Student Attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic and has worked with clients on resolving various immigration issues, such as family based petitions, special immigrant visas, removal defense and asylum claims, adjustment of status, extension of status, and U visas, among others.
Ms. Johannes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has always maintained a dedication to advancing the position of underserved populations, and actively involves herself in groups and organizations that work to ensure equality, fairness, and freedom for all. She graduated from law school with over 400 hours pro bono experience; many of those hours were accumulated by working with a large international non-profit, where she led a team of volunteers to process overseas refugee applications and Special Immigrant Visas.
Ms. Johannes believes that knowledge is key to the resolution of all conflicts, and works to promote to advancement through involvement, communication, understanding, and advocacy.