ATTORNEY BIOS

Thomas J. Colven, III

Partner
Mr. Colven was born in Augusta, Georgia, on July 17, 1954.  He received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1976.  He graduated with a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1979.  Tom practiced with Graham, Bright & Smith, P.C. from November, 1979, until the creation of his own law firm in May, 1996. Tom concentrates his practice in real estate development and financing transactions. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association (Real Estate Section), as well as the State Bar of Texas.
tom@colvenandtran.com

Cuong Tran

Managing Partner
Mr. Tran joined the firm on August 1, 2000. He was born in Binh Hoa, Vietnam, on November 14.  He received his B.S. degree magna cum laude from Southwest Texas State University in 1997, where he was a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. He graduated with a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000. Cuong’s practice concentrates on commercial lending transactions with an emphasis on SBA loan transactions. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas and American Bar Associations.
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Matthew C. Meredith

Partner
Mr. Meredith joined the firm on September 13, 2004.  He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on April 20. He received his B.A. degree cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2000, where he was a member of The Golden Key Honor Society and the Chancellor’s Leadership Class. He graduated with a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 2004. Matt’s practice concentrates on commercial lending transactions with an emphasis on SBA loan transactions. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
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John H. Ivie, III

Partner
A sixth generation Texan, Mr. Ivie left a career in healthcare to study law at Southern Methodist University in 1998.  While in law school, John discovered his passion for advocacy, winning local and national mock trial competitions and ultimately receiving his law school’s highest awards for excellence in trial advocacy, including being selected for the prestigious Order of Barristers.  Mr. Ivie joined the firm in March of 2016 and his practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation where he continues to represent individuals, corporations and financial institutions in courts across Texas.  Mr. Ivie’s practice areas include real estate and construction litigation, contract disputes, commercial collections, replevins and enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments.  Mr. Ivie’s practice also includes working as outside general counsel for small and medium-sized businesses, dealing with everything from employee and Human Resources issues to negotiating business contracts.  John is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.
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Becky P. Tran

Associate
Ms. Tran was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 7, 1977.  She received her B.S. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2001.  There, she was a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.  She then attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she graduated with a J.D. degree in 2005.  Becky’s practice concentrates on real estate transactions.  Ms. Tran is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.
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Christopher C. Collie

Associate
Mr. Collie joined the firm on March 21, 2011.  He was born in Dallas, Texas, on September 18.  He received his B.S. degree from Miami University in 2007.  He graduated with a J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in 2010, where he was a member and Articles Editor of The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. Chris’ practice concentrates on commercial lending transactions and commercial litigation.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.
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