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, including numerous FCPA investigations.

In both the civil and white collar arenas, Mr. Lee guides clients in efficiently navigating complex eDiscovery challenges, working to minimize time and expense when facing large data sets.

Key Representations

  • AmeriGas Corporation in a consumer class action alleging over-charges for propane.
  • GE Aircraft Engines in U.S. litigation arising from an airplane crash in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Verizon and Verizon Wireless in consumer class actions in California state and federal court.

Mr. Lee has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals 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, including numerous FCPA investigations.

In both the civil and white collar arenas, Mr. Lee guides clients in efficiently navigating complex eDiscovery challenges, working to minimize time and expense when facing large data sets.

Key Representations

  • AmeriGas Corporation in a consumer class action alleging over-charges for propane.
  • GE Aircraft Engines in U.S. litigation arising from an airplane crash in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Verizon and Verizon Wireless in consumer class actions in California state and federal court.

Mr. Lee has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals 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

  • FCPA Investigations: Mr. Lee has conducted internal investigations into alleged FCPA violations in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
  • 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

  • Panelist, Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Innovations in E-Discovery (January 2015)
  • Visiting Professor, U.S. Commercial Law Seminar, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic (2015); University of Latvia (2014); Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Masaryk University, Czech Republic (2011)
  • Panelist, Discovia’s Managed eDiscovery Seminar, “Collecting and Reviewing Data: The Challenge Today and Ways to Streamline the Process” (December 2013)
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute’s FCPA Boot Camp, “Preventing Gifts, Entertainment and Hospitality Pitfalls; How to Create and Monitor a robust, Culturally-Sensitive Policy and Detect Wrong Doing” (October 2012)
  • 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, Practising Law Institute (2008)
  • Speaker, ABA-CLE Teleconference, USA PATRIOT ACT, The Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Provisions (June 2002)
  • Panelist, Champions of the Courtroom, State Bar of California Litigation Section Annual Meeting 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 Page, Antony G., Use and Admissibility of “High Tech” Evidence, California LitigationReview, 1998
  • Lee, Joseph D. and Rosenzweig, David A., Key Developments in the Law: 1995, California Litigation, June 1996
  • Brian, Brad D. and Lee, Joseph D., Vicarious Liability of Corporations and Corporate Enterprises Under RICO, (Practicing Law Institute)
  • Lee, Joseph D., RCRA’s State Program Provisions and the Tenth Amendment: Coercion or Cooperation?, 9 Ecology L.Q. 579 (1980-1981)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Chair, State Bar of California, Committee on Administration of Justice
  • President, Board of Directors, Disability Rights Legal Center
  • Member, Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation; Chair, Audit Committee
  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council (2010 – present)