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Lee E. Stapleton
Lee E. Stapleton
Baker & McKenzie LLP

+ 1 305 789 8905

Lee Stapleton is a partner in the Miami office of Baker & McKenzie. She joined the Firm in April 2002. An experienced trial lawyer, her areas of practice include complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Ms. Stapleton began her career at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida where she served as chief assistant US attorney. She also served as director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. She is a long-time adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and teaches in the litigation skills program. Ms. Stapleton is very active in the community. She is currently President of the Orange Bowl Committee and has been a member of the Committee since 2002.

Ms. Stapleton is consistently ranked among South Florida Legal Guide’s "Top Lawyers" and Florida Trend’s "Legal Elite" and was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar. She is likewise listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers and was recognized in Super Lawyers 2015 as one of the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers, one of the Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Woman Florida Super Lawyers. She is also honored as one of the Daily Business Review's "20 South Florida Women in Law" in 2015.

Practice Focus

Ms. Stapleton frequently represents corporate and individual clients located throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe in high-value commercial matters. 

Representative Legal Matters

  • Successfully defended a client, a Fortune 500 building systems manufacturer, against claims of a product defect. After initially demanding damages of nearly USD20 million, the plaintiff ultimately agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice.
  • Secured the full return of a Venezuelan client’s funds in an asset-forfeiture case litigated in the District of Puerto Rico.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Associate Editor: Litigation Magazine (circulation 70,000)
  • American Bar Association - Co-Director of Divisions: Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association - Co-Chair: Federal Practice Task Force: Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association - Member of Council: Governing Body: Section of Litigation
  • American Bar Association - Co-Chair: Criminal Litigation Committee
  • American Bar Association - Co-Chair: Government Litigation Committee
  • American Bar Association - Presidential Appointment: Latin American Law Initiative Advisory

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Orange Bowl Committee President
  • Orange Bowl Committee Member for the College Football’s Bowl Championship Series since 2002 
  • Board of Trustees and Directors Member, Baptist Health, South Florida Outpatient Services
  • Board of Trustees and Directors Member, Baptist Health Enterprises
  • Board of Trustees and Directors Member, Baptist Health Medical Arts Surgical Center


U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida~United States (1984)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit~United States (1984)
Florida~United States (1982)


University of Florida  (J.D. Honors)
University of Florida  (B.A.)
University of Florida  (Master of Arts)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
Weekly On-air Legal Analyst, WPLG Channel 10 News, ABC’s Miami affiliate

Author, “I Don’t Feel Your Pain - A Partner’s View of Associates”, American Bar Association publication, Litigation

Co-author, “Lawyers and Reporters”, American Bar Association publication, Litigation

Co-author, “Understanding and Working with the Media”, American Bar Association publication, Litigation

Author, “Nonverbal Communication”, American Bar Association publication, Litigation

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