Mr. Lance Lee is the COO of Lee International. In this capacity, Lance Lee handles matters pertaining to the internal and external management of the firm, including the firm’s professional development, client matters, policy development, as well as implementation of the firm’s overall business strategy and vision.
Lance Lee is head of the Litigation and Arbitration Department at Lee International IP & Law Group. Lance Lee is a widely-recognized leading expert in litigation and arbitration, and he has been consistently recognized by major publications and industry peers as the premier litigation and arbitration expert in South Korea. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in representing clients in litigations and arbitrations in a wide range of business areas. He is an international arbitrator, and his arbitration practice experience includes representing clients in many of the major international arbitration centers, including the ICC, ICDR, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, LCIA, and the KCAB.
As a partner and chair of litigation and arbitration matters, Lance Lee overseas dispute cases at Lee International, including cross-border litigations. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific noted, “Highlights for Lance Lee’s team at Lee International IP & Law Group included successfully representing KEXIM Bank in a $180m payment dispute against Kwangju Bank.” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014).
Lance Lee is also designated as a prominent Gamechanger in the field of Litigation and Arbitration, by major publications including Acquisition Finance Magazine and the BPI Network. A Gamechanger, as defined by Acquisition Finance Magazine, is “A visionary strategist who can alter the game a business or an individual plays.” In addition to developing a new practice, Lance Lee has been recognized as a Gamechanger for his ability to strategically change the direction of a case in favor of clients.
Mr. Lee has extensive experience advising clients on corporate M&As, contract negotiations, joint ventures, and intellectual property licensing and infringement protection for multinational corporations and global conglomerates.
Prior to joining Lee International, Mr. Lee worked for ten years at the law firm of Kim & Chang, where he served as a partner. While at Kim & Chang, Mr. Lee co-founded and co-chaired the AMCHAM Government & International Affairs Committee. He served as Group General Counsel for STX Corporation based in Seoul, where he handled all of the legal aspects of overseas corporate investments and outbound arbitrations.
Though his work in AMCHAM, STX and other major institutions with global operations, Lance Lee has maintained a solid global network of high-level government and government-related contacts. Due to his background, Mr. Lee maintains strong contacts at the top level of the Republic of Korea Military and the U.S. Armed Forces.
Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Lee was a U.S. Army JAG Officer, where he worked as trial counsel in courtroom litigation. He completed his military service with the rank of Captain, and graduated from the JAG Officer Basic Course and the U.S. Army Airborne School.
International Litigation / Arbitration Practice:
Our International Litigation and Arbitration Group consists of former judges and seasoned trial lawyers with more than 150 years of collective experience in handling litigation and arbitration matters in Korea and abroad. Together they provide our clients with comprehensive advice and representation involving domestic and international disputes, across a wide variety of fields and industries. The different types of litigation and arbitration matters our Korean and foreign attorneys have handled include disputes involving commercial and contract matters, intellectual property, sports and entertainment, corporate transactions, shareholder disputes, banking, real estate, construction, fidelity and surety, labor and employment, product liability, toxic torts, negligence, professional malpractice, insurance, environmental, land use and zoning, criminal, domestic relations, government actions and transportation. These litigation and arbitration matters have cut across many different industries including design and architectural, manufacturing, service industries, accounting, banking and finance, insurance, automotive, aviation, transportation, sports and entertainment, health, medical, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, chemicals, computers, other high tech, construction, retail, education, agriculture, hospitality, gaming, mining, natural resources, communications, munitions and fire arms, amusement, food and beverage, corporate and labor.
We also assist attorneys in other countries with litigation and arbitration matters that involve Korean parties. If those attorneys are representing Korean clients, we help to ensure that their Korean clients fully comply with discovery obligations. We help them to understand those obligations, gather information and documents, prepare for depositions and help act as a liaison between the Korean client and its foreign lawyers to help ensure better communications and avoid sanctions. We also help foreign attorneys in litigation and arbitration actions against Korean parties to obtain information, discovery, expert witness support and other resources necessary to fully represent their clients’ interests.
Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in international litigation and arbitration. Whether it is our clients’ or co-counsel’s goal to take a case to a final arbitration award or trial judgment, or to prepare a case in a way that will lead to a favorable settlement, our attorneys have the skill, experience and practical know-how to accomplish those goals in a professional and cost-effective manner.
Lee International was founded in 1961 as one of the first intellectual property law practices in Korea. Over the past 50 years, Lee International has grown into a full service law firm with a strong international orientation. Approximately 80% of our clients are comprised of companies from the United States, Europe and Japan. Many are Fortune 100 companies in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, electrical and mechanical engineering.
Lee International is staffed with skilled and qualified professionals, including over 100 attorneys and more than 200 scientists, engineers and paralegals. Its senior partners include a former Supreme Court Justice and former Senior Judge of the Seoul District Court. Many of our professionals are bilingual, fluent in English, Japanese, Chinese and German. The firm also has an outstanding team of foreign attorneys, including U.S. attorneys, capable of handling intricate cross-border transactions.
Lee International is affiliated with several subsidiary organizations which provide our clients with assistance in patent disputes and patent licensing consulting(“LICA”), brand management(”Infiniss”), total branding & identity consulting(“Infinite”), trade and investment(“ITI”), finance, customs, tax, accounting and public relations matters. Lee International also has a strong trade remedy practice, particularly in antidumping cases.
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