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Catherine M. Lee is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office specializing in financial institution, commercial, and employment litigation.

Ms. Lee has successfully defended JPMorgan Chase Bank, Citibank, PNC Bank, World Savings, and other financial institutions in cases involving a wide variety of issues such as check/deposit transactions, correspondent banking, fraud (including wires, check kiting, Ponzi schemes, and mortgage loans), internet banking, privacy, credit reporting, wrongful foreclosure, financial elder abuse, and unfair competition.  Ms. Lee presently represents several major financial institutions and other smaller banks in meeting their litigation needs.  Currently, Ms. Lee also represents officers and directors of various financial institutions in receivership cases brought by the FDIC. 

Ms. Lee represents public and private clients in the litigation of commercial matters that range from contract and tort disputes to cases involving privacy, trademark, and real estate issues.  She has resolved cases successfully on dispositive pretrial motions, on appeal, in mediation and arbitration, and at trial.  She was trial counsel in a four-month jury trial that resulted in a judgment for the client in excess of $5 million. Ms. Lee regularly advises new and seasoned businesses on corporate formations and transactions.

Ms. Lee counsels and represents employers on labor and employment matters.  She has prevailed in state and federal court litigation where claims of wage and hour violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, workplace violence, trade secrets, and PAGA were raised.  Ms. Lee provides advice regarding employee hiring and termination, wage and hour issues, employee discipline, and personnel disputes.  She reviews and prepares employee handbooks to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and drafts employment agreements on behalf of employers and employees. 

Ms. Lee currently serves on the Financial Institutions Committee of the California State Bar.  She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Bar Association.  Ms. Lee previously served as a director of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Ms. Lee is fluent in Cantonese and conversant in Mandarin. 


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1995
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., cum laude, 1995
  • UC Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1998

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Central & Eastern Districts of California
Catherine M. Lee
Office: San Francisco
Phone: (415) 281-2024
Fax: (415) 281-2010
Email: Catherine M. Lee
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