Christopher Jumin Lee is a trial lawyer who has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients in federal jury trials, international arbitration hearings, criminal sentencing, and extradition. Chris has also advocated on behalf of clients in regulatory proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

Chris’s practice encompasses a wide variety of industries including: alcoholic beverages, apparel, construction, cryptocurrency, defense, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and private equity. In particular, he has been both advocate and advisor for various firms in the cryptocurrency industry, including prominent exchanges such as GOPAX and Huobi.

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, 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 US 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. 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.

Education

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

Honors & Awards

  • Southern California Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine, 2022

  • Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2021

Representative Cases

  • Achieved a significant and favorable outcome on behalf of apparel company owner who faced criminal charges of underpayment of tax and duty by $35 million and money laundering over $80 million. Convinced Judge to decrease sentence to twelve months and one day in custody, rather than the five years recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines and demanded by the government.

  • 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.

     

Recent News & Events

  • Bird Marella Achieves Favorable Criminal Defense Outcome for Apparel Company Owner

    Principal Benjamin N. Gluck, along with attorneys Naomi Solomon and Christopher Lee, achieved a significant and favorable outcome on behalf of their client in a criminal case. The client is the owner of one of the country’s largest “fast fashion” wholesalers, and faced criminal charges of underpayment of tax and duty by $35 million and money laundering over $80 million.   Bird Marella previously reached a resolution with the government that allows the company to ...

  • ACLU of Southern California Honors Bird Marella with 2021 Humanitarian Award

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has awarded Bird Marella with the 2021 Humanitarian Award, in recognition of its pro bono partnership on two COVID-19 class action lawsuits against the administrators at Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons. Filed on behalf of several prisoners, the lawsuits detailed how insufficient measures ...

  • Bird Marella and ACLU Obtain Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Federal Prisoners in COVID-19 Class Action Suits

    Bird Marella and co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with the Prison Law Office (PLO) to achieve victories in two class action lawsuits filed against Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the Lompoc class action, the Court issued a preliminary injunction and ordered the Bureau of ...

  • 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 ...

Christopher Jumin Lee is a trial lawyer who has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients in federal jury trials, international arbitration hearings, criminal sentencing, and extradition. Chris has also advocated on behalf of clients in regulatory proceedings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

Chris’s practice encompasses a wide variety of industries including: alcoholic beverages, apparel, construction, cryptocurrency, defense, entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and private equity. In particular, he has been both advocate and advisor for various firms in the cryptocurrency industry, including prominent exchanges such as GOPAX and Huobi.

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, 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 US 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. 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.

Representative Cases

  • Achieved a significant and favorable outcome on behalf of apparel company owner who faced criminal charges of underpayment of tax and duty by $35 million and money laundering over $80 million. Convinced Judge to decrease sentence to twelve months and one day in custody, rather than the five years recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines and demanded by the government.

  • 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.

     

News & Events

Bird Marella Achieves Favorable Criminal Defense Outcome for Apparel Company Owner

Principal Benjamin N. Gluck, along with attorneys Naomi Solomon and Christopher Lee, achieved a significant and favorable outcome on behalf of their client in a criminal case. The client is the owner of one of the country’s largest “fast fashion” wholesalers, and faced criminal charges of underpayment of tax and duty by $35 million and money laundering over $80 million.   Bird Marella previously reached a resolution with the government that allows the company to ...

ACLU of Southern California Honors Bird Marella with 2021 Humanitarian Award

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has awarded Bird Marella with the 2021 Humanitarian Award, in recognition of its pro bono partnership on two COVID-19 class action lawsuits against the administrators at Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons. Filed on behalf of several prisoners, the lawsuits detailed how insufficient measures ...

Bird Marella and ACLU Obtain Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of Federal Prisoners in COVID-19 Class Action Suits

Bird Marella and co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with the Prison Law Office (PLO) to achieve victories in two class action lawsuits filed against Terminal Island and Lompoc federal prisons over the inefficient measures taken by prison officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the Lompoc class action, the Court issued a preliminary injunction and ordered the Bureau of ...

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 ...