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James K. Lee is the managing partner of the Seoul office. He focuses his practice on complex cross-border business disputes, class action defense, arbitrations, and business torts. He has a strong record of success involving complex commercial disputes and has successfully represented domestic and multinational companies in state and federal courts and in front of arbitral fora. He is particularly skilled at handling cross-border business disputes involving international parties, and has successfully tried multiple jury trials to verdict. Mr. Lee also assists Korean companies with their operations in the United States and in other international markets. Mr. Lee has represented many of Korea's top companies and has deep and broad familiarity with the Korean business landscape.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 noted "James Lee is highly regarded for his international experience and deep understanding of the Korean business environment, with considerable expertise in cross-border commercial disputes. One client calls him a 'brilliant strategist' while others praise his excellent advocacy skills in court…." Another client noted in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 that Mr. Lee is "definitely one of the best lawyers I have worked with."

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017 recognized James as a leading individual for international arbitrations and for being "excellent at managing teams, understanding clients' needs, and thinking outside of the box."

Recognition

Chambers Global
"Spotlight Table" – Dispute Resolution: International Firms (South Korea) (2017-2019)
"Recognised Practitioner" – Dispute Resolution: International Firms (South Korea) (2016)
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution: International Firms (South Korea) (2017-2019)
"Recognised Practitioner" – Dispute Resolution: International Firms (South Korea) (2016)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Minnesota Law School
  • BA, University of Michigan
Admissions
  • Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, Korea
  • California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Languages
  • Korean
  • English
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