James Y. Lee

Associate
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New York, NY 10022-7678

James Lee is an attorney focusing his practice on complex commercial litigation and products liability in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr. Lee has successfully defended a variety of diverse matters, including those dealing with contract disputes, construction defects, premises liability, class action products liability, transportation and carrier liability, and labor law in both state and federal courts. Mr. Lee’s trial practice includes oral arguments on dispositive and discovery motions, mediation, arbitration, and participation in pre-trial and compliance conferences.

Prior to joining Hawkins Parnell Thankston & Young LLP, he worked as an associate attorney for a litigation defense firm in New York City. While in law school, Mr. Lee served in chambers with the late, Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as well as the Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice of the NY State Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department. He also served as an intern with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lee additionally interned with the state prosecutor’s offices of the New York County District Attorney’s Office as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 

Mr. Lee earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. After law school, Mr. Lee earned a Master's degree in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania where his research focused on juvenile and adult incarceration policy trends in federal and state prisons.

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Automotive Liability

James represents automotive products and vehicle manufacturers in matters arising from design defect, failure to warn, and contract disputes. James regularly makes appearances for oral arguments on dispositive and discovery motions, mediations, and arbitrations. A sample of his experience includes:

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J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 

M.S., Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania

M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary 

B.A., magna cum laude, Psychology, Religion, Temple University

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