Alvin Lee is a partner in Orrick's New York office and a member of
the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and products liability lawsuits, most notably for clients in the energy, chemical, and financial services industries.
Alvin represents clients at all stages of litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience advising clients in high-stakes, cross-border commercial disputes, and has particular expertise in actions involving complex enforcement and regulatory issues in foreign jurisdictions.
Alvin has represented a number of energy and manufacturing companies in bet-the-company disputes arising out of off-take/financing agreements tied to the development of large-scale production facilities. He currently represents the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (a multinational joint venture) in a series of actions alleging breaches of long-term "take or pay" supply agreements by manufacturers in the solar energy industry. These actions have been brought against defendants located in China, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan, and have resulted in over $1 billion in precedent-setting judgments for Hemlock.
Alvin also currently represents several major financial institutions in commercial litigation, regulatory proceedings, and securities-related actions. In addition, he has represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a series of audit malpractice and shareholder derivative suits.
An experienced trial and appellate advocate, Alvin has tried state and federal cases to jury verdict, and has argued multiple appeals before the federal Courts of Appeals.
Alvin also has significant experience defending companies in mass tort & products liability suits. He previously served as a member of Orrick's team of national coordinating and litigation counsel for The Dow Chemical Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation, in relation to its substantial asbestos docket.
Highly active in pro bono matters, Alvin focuses his pro bono representation on low-income LGBT communities. In 2015, Alvin was awarded Orrick's firmwide Pro Bono Award in recognition of his dedication and achievements.