Aran J. Wong is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on business, personal injury, intellectual property and land use litigation. With over 10 years of experience working for a nationally acclaimed plaintiff’s firm, a prestigious defense firm, and governmental entities, Aran brings his clients an inside perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents and cases. Aran represents both plaintiffs and defendants, from the “little guy” who has been injured all the way up to Fortune 500 companies and CEO’s who need to protect their assets.
Background and Education
Aran’s interest in the law began when he was a child growing up in the suburb of Tierrasanta, near the City of San Diego. Two of his neighbors, kids like himself, were playing in a nearby canyon when buried ordinance in the canyon exploded. The children were killed instantly. Although the military insisted the canyon, which it had used for years for military drills, was safe, an attorney was able to force the government to do a thorough cleanup of the canyon and to obtain assistance for the victims’ family. From that day forward, Aran knew that one day he too would become an attorney and focus his efforts on serving the community.
Aran earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont (1997) where he majored in political science and was captain of the men’s tennis team. After college, he clerked for a local law firm and began his lifelong dream of traveling through some of the world’s most exotic locations – including Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Indonesia and the South Pacific – with a backpack over his shoulder and a surfboard under his arm. Aran received his Juris Doctor from UCLA (2001) where he was Managing Editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law. During law school, Aran worked for the City of San Diego and volunteered at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel and Heal the Bay.
After law school, Aran joined one of the largest defense firms in the world, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, where he represented numerous insurance companies and business entities in complex insurance and commercial disputes. He later joined the plaintiff’s firm Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, where he was mentored by some of the most well-respected plaintiff’s attorneys in the country and honed his trial skills. One of those attorneys was in fact the same attorney that had represented the children killed in Tierrasanta and had inspired Aran to become an attorney as a young child.
In 2007, Aran joined Coast Law Group LLP to expand his litigation practice and continue serving the community. He was made a Partner in 2010.
Training and Experience
Aran has taken numerous cases to trial before both judges and juries, and conducted dozens of arbitrations and mediations. He has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his injured clients and helped his business clients prevail in lawsuits that threatened their very foundations. Nearly 100% of his practice has been devoted to civil litigation, and he has the training, experience and drive to handle even the most complex and high-stakes disputes.
Aran currently lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea with his wife (Jennifer), son (Kalani), and daughter (Leila). When not at work or with his family, Aran can usually be found training for a triathlon or endurance event, competing in a tennis league or surfing the waves around north San Diego County. He is an active member of numerous community organizations including the Surfrider Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the San Diego County Bar Association.