Joseph D. Lee

Joseph D. Lee

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.

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

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.

Mr. Lee is deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services to the community. Working with such organizations as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Human Rights First, he frequently represents individuals seeking asylum and other immigration relief. In May 2018, he was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story discussing how the outcome of asylum cases can vary based on the views of individual immigration judges.


Key Representations

  • AmeriGas Propane in consumer class actions and wage and hour class actions.
  • 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.
  • A Fortune 500 company in a sensitive gender discrimination and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case.
  • AmeriGas and 99 Cents Only in individual employment disputes.

Thought Leadership

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

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Fourth Pacific Law Forum of International Conferences,” Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok City, Russia (October 2018)
  • Panelist, Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Innovations in E-Discovery (January 2015)
  • Visiting Professor, U.S. Commercial Law Seminar, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok Russia (2018); University of Latvia, Riga Latvia (2014; 2016); University of Pardubice, Pardubice Czech Republic (2015); Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (2011)
  • Panelist, Discovia’s Managed eDiscovery Seminar, “Collecting and Reviewing Data: The Challenge Today and Ways to Streamline the Process” (December 2013)