Christopher Jumin Lee joined Bird Marella in 2018. He has a broad practice encompassing complex commercial and white collar matters. Chris has represented both US and international clients from a wide variety of industries, including alcoholic beverages, apparel, construction, cryptocurrency, defense, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and private equity.

Chris also has an active pro bono practice, having advocated on behalf of clients in complex civil rights class actions, asylum proceedings, and capital punishment cases.

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.

Chris is a native speaker of Korean and is deeply familiar with Korean culture and business practices. Before law school, Chris was an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force, and served on the staff at the Ministry of National Defense. Chris is an advisor to various firms in the cryptocurrency industry, including GOPAX, one of Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2016
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2021

Representative Cases

  • Obtained preliminary injunction in a pro bono class action lawsuit against federal prison over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Successfully convinced the court to require prison officials to consider all medically vulnerable, non-violent prisoners and those over the age of 50 for home confinement.

     

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Christopher Jumin Lee joined Bird Marella in 2018. He has a broad practice encompassing complex commercial and white collar matters. Chris has represented both US and international clients from a wide variety of industries, including alcoholic beverages, apparel, construction, cryptocurrency, defense, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and private equity.

Chris also has an active pro bono practice, having advocated on behalf of clients in complex civil rights class actions, asylum proceedings, and capital punishment cases.

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.

Chris is a native speaker of Korean and is deeply familiar with Korean culture and business practices. Before law school, Chris was an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force, and served on the staff at the Ministry of National Defense. Chris is an advisor to various firms in the cryptocurrency industry, including GOPAX, one of Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained preliminary injunction in a pro bono class action lawsuit against federal prison over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Successfully convinced the court to require prison officials to consider all medically vulnerable, non-violent prisoners and those over the age of 50 for home confinement.

     

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Bird Marella Wins Bail for Marine Corps Veteran in Internationally Publicized Extradition Case

Principals Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim, along with associate Christopher Lee, obtained the release on bail of a pro bono client charged in a high-profile internationally-publicized extradition case. The client, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had been detained pending extradition to Spain based on allegations relating to an incident at the North Korean embassy in ...