Christopher Jumin Lee is a trial lawyer who specializes in courtroom advocacy for complex international disputes. Chris has advocated for clients in federal jury trials, international arbitration hearings, extradition hearings, and regulatory proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ).
Chris specializes in cross-border disputes connected to the cryptocurrency industry, having been a longtime advocate and advisor for prominent international players such as Huobi and GOPAX. Chris has brought multiple lawsuits in the U.S. on behalf of clients looking to recover cryptocurrency assets lost to fraudulent ICOs, investment schemes, rug-pull schemes, and security exploits.
Chris has also worked with clients – both Fortune 500 companies and major conglomerates in Asia and South America – from a variety of industries, such as alcoholic beverages, apparel, defense, sports, entertainment, healthcare, and finance. In 2022, Chris was selected as a Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Chris is a native of South Korea and is one of very few Korean nationals with stand-up advocacy experience in complex matters in U.S. Court. Before practicing the law, Chris was an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force, and served on the staff at the Ministry of National Defense, where he received a commendation for meritorious service.
Chris has an active pro bono practice and is an outspoken advocate for a variety of causes, both in the U.S. and in his native Korea. Working with the ACLU, Chris has represented clients in discriminatory policing and prisoner rights class actions. He has advocated in immigration court for multiple clients in asylum proceedings. In 2021, Chris received the ACLU’s Humanitarian Award for his work on class action matters pertaining to federal prisons with COVID-19 outbreaks. Chris has published a widely-read book on anti-discrimination legislation in South Korea, which has been cited by the author of the comprehensive anti-discrimination bill pending in South Korea’s National Assembly. Chris earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. While in law school, he was a judicial intern for the Hon. James E. Boasberg in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Bird Marella, Chris was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.