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.

  • Alvin's representations and experience include:

    • Represents Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation in multiple cross-border, bet-the-company litigations arising from breaches of long-term "take or pay" agreements for the supply of polycrystalline silicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels.  Coordinates global litigation strategy with antitrust counsel in Japan and bankruptcy counsel in Germany, and helped obtain a $793 million summary judgment award for Hemlock against a European solar manufacturer, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth 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.
    • Secured a complete dismissal of a shareholder derivative action against PricewaterhouseCoopers alleging audit malpractice in connection with management malfeasance at a privately held health services corporation. 
    • Briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, including on behalf of a major European bank.
    • 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.

    Among Alvin's 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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