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 blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, including cryptocurrency exchanges GOPAX and Huobi Korea, and decentralized finance platform Terra.

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.

     

Recent News & Events

  • 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 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 blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, including cryptocurrency exchanges GOPAX and Huobi Korea, and decentralized finance platform Terra.

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.

     

News & Events

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 ...