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Randall Lee, Law and Ethics Advisor

Randall R. Lee

Randall R. Lee

Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


Randall Lee is the founding partner of Wilmer Hale's Los Angeles office, a member of the Securities and Litigation and Controversy Departments, and a member of the Securities Enforcement and Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 2007 after serving as the Regional Director of the Pacific Regional Office (now known as the Los Angeles Regional Office) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2007. As Regional Director, Mr. Lee was responsible for the Commission’s enforcement and examination programs in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The first Asian American to head an SEC regional office, Mr. Lee led numerous significant and high profile SEC enforcement actions involving financial reporting and accounting misconduct, mutual fund abuses, auditor misconduct, broker-dealer violations, municipal bond fraud, insider trading, market manipulation and investment fraud. He managed a staff of approximately 170 attorneys, accountants, examiners and support personnel.

From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Lee was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, where he specialized in the investigation and prosecution of complex business crimes, including securities fraud, financial institution fraud, tax crimes, money laundering and computer crimes, and served as a Deputy Chief in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lee was a corporate lawyer at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He began his professional career as an associate in corporate finance and banking at Bankers Trust Company.


Mr. Lee specializes in securities enforcement and compliance matters and white collar criminal defence. He represents public companies, financial services firms, accounting firms, and corporate directors and officers in SEC and other regulatory and law enforcement investigations and related litigation. In addition, Mr. Lee conducts internal investigations on behalf of management and boards of directors. He also counsels corporations and their officers on SEC reporting, disclosure and compliance matters.

In February 2008, Mr. Lee was named a 'Star Lateral of the Year' by The American Lawyer magazine.

Professional Activities

Mr. Lee is a frequent speaker on subjects relating to securities regulatory and enforcement issues, internal investigations and white collar crime. He has also lectured on behalf of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in Bangkok, and on behalf of the U.S. State Department in Tokyo.

He previously served as Chair of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Diversity Committee, as a member of the ABA Litigation Section Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege, and as a member of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. He is a member of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers’ Association and the Japanese American Bar Association.

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