Vi Tran is a science law clerk in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property group. She contributes to the firm’s work in patent litigation, patent opinions and due diligence. Dr. Tran joined Goodwin in 2013.

Dr. Tran is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Dr. Tran's graduate research in organic chemistry focused on developing a stereoelectronic model to explain the stereoselective addition of nucleophiles to oxocarbenium ions to provide substituted tetrahydrofurans. The tetrahydrofuran motif is common in natural products, as well as in synthetic compounds for therapeutic use.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Dr. Tran worked in medicinal chemistry research at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (2005-2008). Her synthetic chemistry background was applied to the discovery of new chemical entities for therapeutic use.

Dr. Tran is a member of the Association for Women in Science and the American Chemical Society.


Dr. Tran was supported by a research fellowship from Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a member of the inaugural class of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology program at the University of California, Irvine. She was the recipient of the ACS Women Chemists Committee/ Eli Lilly Travel Award in 2013.

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Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 2013
University of California, Irvine
B.S., Chemistry, 2005
California Institute of Technology
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