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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, and was recently selected by Florida Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. Prior to joining the Firm in 2002, Ms. Stapleton had a distinguished career at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where she served as chief assistant US attorney. From 1987 to 1989, Ms. Stapleton served at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where she was the director of a USD400 million program that coordinated the efforts of federal and state law enforcement. She was then appointed to senior litigation counsel in the Economic Crimes Section in Miami, where she focused on health care fraud. Ms. Stapleton is the immediate past president and chair of the Orange Bowl Committee and a long-time adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law where she teaches in the Litigation Skills program.

Practice Focus

Ms. Stapleton is an experienced trial lawyer, seasoned in complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Ms. Stapleton frequently represents corporate and individual clients located throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe in high-value commercial and criminal 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 Honors

  • Consistently ranked among South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” and Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite”
  • Listed lawyer, Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed as a "Super Lawyer," Florida Super Lawyers
  • Listed lawyer, Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers, Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers, and Top 50 Woman Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers 2015
  • Listed lawyer, 20 South Florida Women in Law, Daily Business Review 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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 - Associate Editor: Litigation Magazine (circulation 70,000)
  • American Bar Association - Co-Director of Divisions: 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  (B.A.)
University of Florida  (Master of Arts)
University of Florida  (J.D. Honors)

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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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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