Lee is an advocate for educational equity and a strong believer that all children should have the opportunity to attend excellent public schools. His practice areas include School Development, School Defense, Litigation, Board Governance, and Public Law.
Before joining YM&C, Lee worked for two international law firms focusing on complex litigation on behalf of private and public entities. Lee was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. During his more than seven years as a litigator, Lee developed creative strategies that helped win cases and achieve client objectives, helped clients hone in on and present their best evidence and most compelling themes, used the discovery process and sunshine laws to uncover key information, deposed and cross-examined key witnesses, argued before state and federal courts, and coordinated with media and public relations professionals to advance excellent outcomes in the court of public opinion.
Lee is an alumnus of the Teach for America program. Before attending law school, Lee taught English, math, and social studies at a public middle school in the South Bronx of New York, and developed and taught a visual media curriculum to English language learners and special education students. Lee also previously worked in public policy for a California governor and a United States Secretary of Labor in Washington, D.C.
During law school, Lee studied education law, worked in the legal office of the San Francisco Unified School District, focusing on special education and labor matters, and was a Bay Area fellow in the Education Pioneers program. Lee was also an executive board member of the Hastings Law Journal and graduated from law school magna cum laude.