Jennifer Lee is a Partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She defends investment banks, corporations and individuals in complex financial litigation, particularly in cutting edge litigation arising from a constantly changing financial markets environment. She has deep knowledge of the structured finance and mortgage servicing industries, having spent nearly a decade representing financial institutions in million and billion-dollar cases arising from the fallout of the 2009 financial crisis. 

Jennifer has spent nearly a decade defending her clients in federal and state litigation alleging fraud, breach of contract, or securities law violations related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). She is a long-standing key member of an Orrick team that has shaped the legal landscape of RMBS litigation after the 2009 financial crisis, delivering out-of-the box arguments and innovative solutions for our clients, from initial receipt of pre-litigation demands through massive discovery, expert work, summary judgment and trial preparation. Jennifer also has significant mortgage servicing expertise, and represents a major mortgage servicer in a consumer class action in California.  

Jennifer is dedicated to pro bono work. She currently works with the Tahirih Justice Center on asylum claims, a cause close to her heart as a child of immigrants. Prior to joining Orrick, she held a fellowship position in the Law Reform Unit at the Legal Aid Society of New York, litigating both individual cases as well as class actions.

Jennifer is a leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession. She leads Orrick's D&I Committee in San Francisco. She has served as a fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and is active in the California Minority Counsel Program.  

  • Jennifer’s recent engagements include: 

    • Representing a bank in multiple million and billion-dollar actions brought by monoline insurers and certificateholders alleging breaches of representations and warranties, fraud, and securities violations.

    • Representing a major mortgage servicer in a consumer class action alleging RICO, breach of contract, and fraud claims. 

    • Representing a former General Counsel of two Silicon Valley publicly traded companies in a California SEC enforcement action alleging backdating of stock options.

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