Alvin Lee is a partner in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and products liability lawsuits, most notably in the chemical/energy, finance, and tech sectors. 

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.

Alvin currently represents the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (a multinational joint venture) in a series of lawsuits alleging breaches of long-term 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 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. 

An experienced appellate advocate, Alvin has briefed and argued multiple federal appeals, most recently securing a victory for a European bank in the Second Circuit. 

  • 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, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  
    • Briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
    • 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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