Joseph D. Lee

Profile
White Collar
Selected Speaking Engagements
Selected Publications
Professional and Community Activities

Joseph D. Lee is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar investigations. He has litigated a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including consumer class actions, False Claims Act litigation, securities and antitrust cases. Representative matters handled by Mr. Lee include:

  • General Electric Company: Defended consumer class action alleging over-charging on office equipment leases. Defending antitrust and RICO claims in Northern District of California relating to equipment leases.
  • GE Aircraft Engines: Successfully moved to transfer to China three related wrongful death actions arising from an air crash in China.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation: Defended a federal court shareholder derivative suit arising from allegedly misdated stock option grants.
  • Verizon:  Defeated class certification in federal court class action relating to Caller ID services.
  • Verizon Wireless: Successfully moved to compel arbitration on individual basis of putative class action alleging over-charging.

Mr. Lee has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the Court of Appeal of California and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has also tried cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Joseph D. Lee is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar investigations. He has litigated a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including consumer class actions, False Claims Act litigation, securities and antitrust cases. Representative matters handled by Mr. Lee include:

  • General Electric Company: Defended consumer class action alleging over-charging on office equipment leases. Defending antitrust and RICO claims in Northern District of California relating to equipment leases.
  • GE Aircraft Engines: Successfully moved to transfer to China three related wrongful death actions arising from an air crash in China.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation: Defended a federal court shareholder derivative suit arising from allegedly misdated stock option grants.
  • Verizon:  Defeated class certification in federal court class action relating to Caller ID services.
  • Verizon Wireless: Successfully moved to compel arbitration on individual basis of putative class action alleging over-charging.

Mr. Lee has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the Court of Appeal of California and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He has also tried cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

White Collar

Investigations and Defense

Mr. Lee has substantial experience in conducting internal investigations regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other laws, and has defended companies subject to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the California Attorney General and the California Commissioner of Insurance.

  • FCPA Investigations:  Mr. Lee has conducted internal investigations into alleged FCPA violations in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia and Brazil), Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and China), Europe (England, Russia, Germany and Spain) and the Middle East (Israel and the United Arab Emirates).  
  • Other Investigations:  Mr. Lee has conducted investigations into other alleged violations of U.S. laws, including title reinsurance kickbacks, backdating of stock options, misuse of funds held by a California charitable trust and accounting irregularities at a private university.
  • Compliance Counseling:  Mr. Lee has counseled companies on internal corporate controls and compliance issues and has drafted FCPA compliance programs. He assisted GE and The Boeing Company in drafting procedures for conducting internal investigations.

 

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Visiting Professor, U.S. Commercial Law Seminar, Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Masaryk University, Brno Czech Republic (2011)
  • Panelist, 2010 TransPerfect Legal Solutions FCPA Panel Luncheon (October 2010)
  • Speaker, Conference on International Aviation Liability & Insurance, McGill Institute of Air & Space Law (October 2009)
  • Panelist, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2008:  Coping with Heightened Enforcement Risks, Practicing Law Institute (2008)
  • Speaker, ABA-CLE Teleconference, USA PATRIOT ACT, The Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Provisions (June 2002)
  • Panelist, State Bar of California Litigation Section, Champions of the Courtroom 1994 (panel on electronic evidence)
 

 

Selected Publications

  • Lee, Joseph D., FNC Case Note:  California Court of Appeal Affirms Ruling Favoring Chinese Forum, The Air & Space Lawyer (American Bar Association), November 2009
  • Lee, Joseph D. and Rosenzweig, David A., Key Developments in the Law: 1995, California Litigation Review, June 1996
  • Brian, Brad D. and Lee, Joseph D., Vicarious Liability of Corporations and Corporate Enterprises Under RICO, Civil RICO (Practicing Law Institute), 1988
  • Lee, Joseph D. and Page, Antony G., Use and Admissibility of “High Tech” Evidence, California Litigation, 1998

Profile

  • Member, State Bar of California Committee on Administration of Justice
  • Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council (2011 – present)
  • Past Chairman, Technology and the Law Committee, California State Bar Litigation Section

 

  • Judge, Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial competition (2011 and 2012)
  • Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council (2011 – present)
  • Member, Los Angeles Philharmonic Business & Professional Committee (2013 – present)
  • Member, Partners in Leadership Campaign, Univ. of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (2011-2012)
  • Co-chair, Marlborough School, Annual Parents Campaign (2006-2008)
  • Volunteer, Yale University Parent’s Fund (2004-2007)