S. Michael Lee



Professional Summary

S. Michael Lee investigated and prosecuted white-collar criminal cases including embezzlement, securities fraud, insurance fraud, tax evasion, and other financial crimes. He has also litigated regulatory cases including investigations, filings, case management conferences, and mediations. An expert in search and seizure law, search warrants, and the California Electronics Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA), Michael has substantial experience in every stage of criminal prosecution. This includes pre-filing investigation, issuing, case negotiation, jury trial, and appeal. He has tried 42 jury trials to verdict. Michael is a former member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).


•Recommended by Stanford Law School to be the first Prosecutor fellow at the South Korean Ministry of Justice Legal Research and Training Institute in 2010; advised the Korean government in its implementation of a jury trial system.

News Coverage

•YTN News Interview of S. Michael Lee during his Fellowship at the South Korean Ministry of Justice Legal Research and Training Institute.


•Organizer, “Implicit Bias - Within You and Within Institutions,” Santa Clara Bar Association MCLE, San Jose, CA, August 24, 2017.


•Prosecutor’s Brief, The California District Attorney’s Association’s Quarterly Journal, “Korean Connections: An International Exchange of Ideas,” Fall 2011, Volume 34. No. 1.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Asia-Pacific Cross-Border
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation, Corporate and Commercial
  • Litigation, Intellectual Property
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Trade Secrets
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650.645.9009  Phone
650.687.8305  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, BA
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego, JD
Year of First Admission:


•Santa Clara County Bar Association - President-Elect - 2019
•Silicon Valley Korean School - Chairman of the Board - 2014 - 2017
•Santa Clara County Bar Association - Treasurer and Executive Committee Member - 2018
•Korean American Bar Association at Silicon Valley - Member
•Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: S. Michael Lee has represented the State of California on a wide variety of regulatory matters.; Slack-Fill by a major national manufacturer of cleaning products regarding the under-filling of bottles.; Illegal RoboCalls and false advertisement by a Silicon Valley internet company that provided customer reviews of businesses.; Prop 65 violations including lead-laced toys and the lack of required signage by an Asia-based retailer doing business in California for the first time.; False advertisement regarding a back-stretching machine sold by a chiropractic supplies vendor.; False print advertisement by a major national retailer prosecuted jointly with the San Diego DA's Office. Deceptive advertisements: print was too small on exceptions and prices were deceptively advertised.; False advertisement by an elder care facility. Issues included franchisor liability (piercing the corporate veil).; Dietary Supplement Task Force: Member of a multi-jurisdictional task force assigned to regulate dietary supplement companies engaging in false or misleading labeling/advertisements.

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Palo Alto, California

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