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.