Joseph D. Lee

Joseph D. Lee

Joseph D. Lee is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

His practice focuses on complex civil litigation including wage and hour class actions, labor and employment disputes, antitrust litigation and consumer class actions. Mr. Lee has also conducted numerous internal investigations, including FCPA investigations overseas, and has counseled companies on internal corporate controls and compliance issues.  

Mr. Lee has tried cases in both state and federal courts and has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Court of Appeal of California, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Mr. Lee is deeply committed to the community and to the firm’s pro bono practice. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Legal Center. Mr. Lee has represented numerous pro bono clients seeking asylum and other immigration relief, and he serves on Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles Advisory Committee and Human Rights First’s Board of Advocates.



Key Representations

  • AmeriGas Propane in consumer class actions and wage and hour class actions.
  • GE Aircraft Engines in U.S. litigation arising from an airplane crash in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Verizon and Verizon Wireless in consumer class actions in California state and federal court.
  • A Fortune 500 company in a sensitive gender discrimination and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case.
  • Garda and GardaWorld in wage and hour class action and Private Attorneys General Act suits.

Thought Leadership

  • President, Board of Directors, Disability Rights Legal Center
  • Member, Board of Advocates for Human Rights First
  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council (2010 – present)
  • Past chair, State Bar of California, Committee on Administration of Justice
  • Past member, Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation; Chair, Audit Committee

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Fourth Pacific Law Forum of International Conferences,” Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok City, Russia (October 2018)
  • Panelist, Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Innovations in E-Discovery (January 2015)
  • Visiting Professor, U.S. Commercial Law Seminar, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok Russia (2018); University of Latvia, Riga Latvia (2014; 2016); University of Pardubice, Pardubice Czech Republic (2015); Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (2011)
  • Panelist, Discovia’s Managed eDiscovery Seminar, “Collecting and Reviewing Data: The Challenge Today and Ways to Streamline the Process” (December 2013)