Joseph K. Lee is a member of the Commercial and Complex Litigation Practice Group and the firm’s Intellectual Property Team. Mr. Lee represents private companies in contract and business tort litigation, intellectual property matters, and employment disputes.

Mr. Lee has litigated commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, intentional interference, professional liability, and other business torts. He also has experience with collections matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Mr. Lee’s intellectual property experience includes litigating trademark and trade secret matters, building and managing intellectual property portfolios, and preparing license agreements. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Lee is also an experienced employment attorney and has litigated matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). He advises businesses on human resources issues, including payroll practices, policies and procedures, employee handbooks, job descriptions, high-risk terminations, and workplace investigations. He also represents employers in administrative hearings.

Mr. Lee earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Lee competed in the Giles Sutherland Rich (Patent) Moot Court Competition and served on the Moot Court Board.  He earned the High Tech Excellence Award in 2011 and graduated with the High Tech Law Certificate, Intellectual Property Specialization with honors. He was also a Law Clerk with the Consumer & Environmental Protection Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Representative Matters

  • Cooper Drum Cooperating Parties Group v. American Polymers Corporation, et al., CV 19-03007-AB, 2020 WL 2504331 (C.D. Cal. May 13, 2020)

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • California Lawyers Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Intellectual Property Law Community, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Member


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.S., University of California, Irvine


  • 2013, California
    2015, District of Columbia
    U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
    U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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