We specialize in hospitality, real estate and corporate business transactional matters, delivering complex multi-faceted legal expertise – simply, effectively, and efficiently. We eschew the hierarchal layers often associated with traditional firms, allowing clients the advantages of working directly with a highly seasoned legal counsel with years of broad-based knowledge and diverse experience. This sets us apart and attracts a portfolio of clients ranging from blue chip corporations to cutting edge entrepreneurs.
HOW WE WORK
Client’s needs are anticipated and met in a highly individualized way. Personal work styles, corporate demands and expectations are assessed and managed – with a rare blend of discernment and responsiveness. With laser sharp focus and finely honed instinct, clients’ legal issues are addressed with both detailed attention and macro perspective.
The international background of its multi-lingual founder, San San Lee, provides a unique cultural perspective and is an essential component of this law practice – a valuable asset to its clients. Companies are coached through the complex American business landscape with agility and ease. She also assists U.S. companies to navigate the unique business dynamics of doing work in Asia. She often acts as “outside general counsel” for Asian companies operating in the U.S., advising them on transactional and operational matters, playing a key role in major strategic decisions. Her specialty skills and deep understanding allow her to act as a cross-cultural facilitator helping to smooth any cultural divides not only in areas of law, regulation and business practices, but also with social customs, pacing and personalities. Her ability to quickly assess, understand subtleties, work well under pressure, get the assignment completed, often in unexpected and innovative ways, have earned her a reputation by clients as their “secret weapon.”
Born in Taiwan and raised in Japan, San San Lee is fluent in English, Mandarin and Japanese. While her firm is based in Los Angeles, she has worked in Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and represented clients on projects in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. She is an avid public speaker on issues related to diversity and cultural expectations in attorney-client relationships and negotiations. Prior to establishing her firm in 2003, she held posts at several law firms and was general counsel and corporate counsel for leading hospitality brands.
San San is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and UCLA School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988.
San San’s past and current affiliations include:
- Board Member, Lambda Alpha (LA Chapter), 2006-2008
- Chair, International Law Section, State Bar of California, 2007-2008
- Vice-Chair, International Law Section, State Bar of California, 2006-2007
- Secretary, International Law Section, State Bar of California, 2005-2006
- Founder, Claremont Alumni Network (CAN)
- Member, Board of Directors, First Choice Bank, 2008-2013
- Member, Board of Directors, After-School All-Stars, LA 2013-
- Pasadena Magazine Top Lawyers: 2011-2015
- Southern California Super Lawyers: 2014, 2015