Mr. Li has led and played an instrumental role in numerous high-stakes trials for a range of clients.
Mr. Li is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has been named a “Top 100” lawyer in California by the Daily Journal, a “Top Litigator in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and a “Criminal Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal. He has received two California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards for his successful defense of the Norton Simon Museum in a closely watched ownership challenge and for his role in defending Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, in litigation stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Before rejoining the firm as a partner in 2005, Mr. Li served for three years as Chief of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, where he directed one of the largest prosecutorial agencies in California.
From 1995-2002, Mr. Li served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, where he concentrated on complex, large-scale racketeering and organized crime matters. From 2000-2002, as the Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section, Mr. Li was responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of organized crime and terrorism, including the successful prosecution of numerous violent, international criminal organizations. As a federal prosecutor, he tried nearly 20 cases to verdict.
Mr. Li is on the board of the Norton Simon Foundation, and was previously a board member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the John Thomas Dye School, and Bet Tzedek.
In 1997, Mr. Li reached the summit of Denali (also known as Mount McKinley). He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and daughter.