Alvin Lee

Senior Associate

New York

Alvin Lee is a Senior Associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.

Alvin has represented a wide range of industry-leading clients at all stages of litigation, including high-stakes commercial disputes and products liability, securities, and appellate litigation.  He also has significant experience in international arbitration and complex, multi-party actions, including mass tort litigation and class actions.

In 2010, Alvin was a Fulbright Scholar in Seoul, Korea, where he conducted research on Korean human rights practices.

  • Alvin's representations and experience include:

    • Represents Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation in multiple cross-border litigations arising from breaches of long-term agreements for the supply of polycrystalline silicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels.  Coordinates global litigation strategy with antitrust counsel in Japan, and helped obtain a $793 million summary judgment award for Hemlock against a German solar manufacturer.  
    • Briefed and argued an appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals arising out of the exclusion of a key report at a federal jury trial.
    • Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a series of actions alleging federal securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with the dissolution of Lipper Convertibles, a New York hedge fund.  Served as a member of PwC's trial team in a three-week jury trial.
    • Acted as a member of an Orrick team that obtained dismissal of a putative class action against Union Carbide Corporation alleging medical monitoring claims based on exposure to chemicals emitted from a metal alloying plant.
    • Acted as a member of an Orrick team that prevailed in a confidential ICC arbitration and obtained a substantial contractual indemnification award for a major German manufacturer.

    Alvin is also highly active in pro bono matters, where he focuses his representation on low-income LGBT communities.  Alvin was awarded Orrick's firmwide Pro Bono Award in 2015 in recognition of his dedication and achievements.  Among his noteworthy pro bono representations are:

    • Lead counsel for a gay hate crime victim in a civil suit against his attackers and their employers.  Obtained a substantial monetary settlement for physical and emotional injuries suffered by his client.
    • Second-chaired a four-day federal jury trial on behalf of a prisoner asserting civil rights claims under the First and Eighth Amendments.

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