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Christopher Lee

Associate

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1589
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Mr. Lee is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Litigation Department, and a member of the Financial Services, Securities, and Class Action Defense practice groups.  He advises and represents nationwide and global corporations in regulatory enforcement proceedings and high-stakes litigation.  Mr. Lee has particular expertise in representing financial institutions. 

Mr. Lee’s specialty is in the prosecution and defense of complex actions, including civil RICO and class actions.  He has prosecuted civil RICO actions involving dozens of entities and tens of millions of dollars in both the insurance and health care fields.  He has also defended officers and directors in securities class actions arising under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as well as financial institutions in consumer class actions arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law.  More recently, he began defending Taft-Hartley benefit plans in class actions brought under ERISA.

As a member of Seyfarth Shaw’s National Whistleblower Team, Mr. Lee counsels officers, directors, and compliance committees faced with whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Mr. Lee has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2015.  In law school, Mr. Lee was Editor of the Law Review and an extern to the Honorable David O. Carter, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. 

Mr. Lee is dedicated to increasing access to pro bono services to disenfranchised communities.  He currently serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Mr. Lee’s recent experience includes:

  • Trial counsel for the investment advisers in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, Lucia v. S.E.C., No. 17-130, 2018 WL 3057893 (U.S. June 21, 2018) (appeal handled by separate counsel)  
  • Trial counsel for a director in the United States Supreme Court case, China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, 138 S. Ct. 1800, 1804 (2018) (appeal handled by separate counsel)
  • Defended a financial institution in a putative class action arising out of allegations of unfair lending practices under the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Defended a Taft-Hartley benefit plan in a class action arising out of allegations of unpaid benefit claims brought under ERISA
  • Defended one of the largest military contractors in the world in a dispute arising out of activities in Afghanistan
  • Defended the managing entity of a multi-million dollar real estate investment pool in an arbitration arising out of allegations of securities fraud
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a publicly traded biotechnology company arising out of allegations of insider trading
  • Defended a director in several securities class actions arising out of a reverse merger
  • Defended an investment adviser firm in a three-week enforcement proceeding brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Defended two national insurers in a two-week bad-faith arbitration against securities broker-dealer
  • Defended a national music publisher in a royalty rights action arising out of the re-release of a major motion picture on Blu-Ray and DVD
  • Defended a production company in a profit participation action arising out of the release of a major motion picture in foreign markets

Mr. Lee is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Litigation Department, and a member of the Financial Services, Securities, and Class Action Defense practice groups.  He advises and represents nationwide and global corporations in regulatory enforcement proceedings and high-stakes litigation.  Mr. Lee has particular expertise in representing financial institutions. 

Mr. Lee’s specialty is in the prosecution and defense of complex actions, including civil RICO and class actions.  He has prosecuted civil RICO actions involving dozens of entities and tens of millions of dollars in both the insurance and health care fields.  He has also defended officers and directors in securities class actions arising under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as well as financial institutions in consumer class actions arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law.  More recently, he began defending Taft-Hartley benefit plans in class actions brought under ERISA.

As a member of Seyfarth Shaw’s National Whistleblower Team, Mr. Lee counsels officers, directors, and compliance committees faced with whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and/or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Mr. Lee has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2015.  In law school, Mr. Lee was Editor of the Law Review and an extern to the Honorable David O. Carter, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. 

Mr. Lee is dedicated to increasing access to pro bono services to disenfranchised communities.  He currently serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Mr. Lee’s recent experience includes:

  • Trial counsel for the investment advisers in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, Lucia v. S.E.C., No. 17-130, 2018 WL 3057893 (U.S. June 21, 2018) (appeal handled by separate counsel)  
  • Trial counsel for a director in the United States Supreme Court case, China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, 138 S. Ct. 1800, 1804 (2018) (appeal handled by separate counsel)
  • Defended a financial institution in a putative class action arising out of allegations of unfair lending practices under the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Defended a Taft-Hartley benefit plan in a class action arising out of allegations of unpaid benefit claims brought under ERISA
  • Defended one of the largest military contractors in the world in a dispute arising out of activities in Afghanistan
  • Defended the managing entity of a multi-million dollar real estate investment pool in an arbitration arising out of allegations of securities fraud
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a publicly traded biotechnology company arising out of allegations of insider trading
  • Defended a director in several securities class actions arising out of a reverse merger
  • Defended an investment adviser firm in a three-week enforcement proceeding brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Defended two national insurers in a two-week bad-faith arbitration against securities broker-dealer
  • Defended a national music publisher in a royalty rights action arising out of the re-release of a major motion picture on Blu-Ray and DVD
  • Defended a production company in a profit participation action arising out of the release of a major motion picture in foreign markets

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (2010)
    Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine (2002)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit