Craig Lee, a highly regarded federal prosecutor in the US Department of Justice, has joined Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice as a Partner in Washington, DC, bringing 13 years of experience in the DOJ's Antitrust Division.
Mr. Lee most recently served as Assistant Chief of the Division's Washington Criminal 1 Section, overseeing teams of attorneys on all aspects of the investigation and litigation of international and domestic cartels for antitrust violations and related crimes, such as FCPA matters, fraud and obstruction of justice. Prior to his role as Assistant Chief, Mr. Lee spent over 10 years as a Trial Attorney, investigating and prosecuting antitrust violations from initial complaint through trial.
"Craig is a top flight federal prosecutor whose investigative experience when it comes to global cartel cases means he will provide unique, informed insight for our clients in this heightened global enforcement environment," said Fiona Carlin, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust and Competition Practice. "Craig is a strategic addition to our unparalleled global cartels practice. His impressive record with the DOJ in criminal cartel cases will further strengthen our reputation in this growing area.”
At the DOJ, Mr. Lee tried four jury trials, two of which were among the Division's largest domestic antitrust conspiracy cases, and another which was part of a landmark international cartel investigation. He recently helped secure a guilty verdict following a criminal antitrust trial, resulting in the longest sentence for an individual charged with an antitrust violation. In addition to his domestic experience, Mr. Lee has played key roles in large international cartel matters, having served as the lead attorney for the first successfully litigated extradition of a foreign national for an antitrust charge.
"As an experienced courtroom advocate and leader within the DOJ, Craig brings deep knowledge of the policies and practices of the Antitrust Division that will be invaluable to our clients managing complex antitrust litigation portfolios," said Mark Taylor, Chair of the Firm's North American Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice. "Craig will bolster our growing antitrust team in Washington and add value from day one."
Added Mark Hamer, Chair of the Firm's North American Antitrust Practice, "Craig's criminal antitrust trial experience will add immediate value to our North America and global cartel practices. We are privileged to have him join our team."
Growing in North America
Mr. Lee is the latest in a series of attorneys with government experience to join Baker McKenzie. In recent months, the Firm added former Canadian Attorney General Peter MacKay, as well as former SEC litigator Rick Kirby and former Assistant US Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, David Callaway. In addition, former DOJ attorneys Mark Hamer, Ryan Fayhee and Maurice Bellan recently joined, as well as former US Treasury advisor Alexandra Minkovich.
"We are focused on expanding our capabilities throughout North America with the addition of leading practitioners to our team," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North American Managing Partner. "Craig brings a level of talent and experience that will be a tremendous asset to many of our clients."
Overall, Baker McKenzie has added 57 lateral hires in North America in the last two years across every market and practice group.
A Recognized Global Antitrust and Competition Practice
Baker McKenzie's Global Antitrust and Competition practice is the largest in the world, made up of over 300 antitrust lawyers and professionals operating out of a network spanning 47 countries. With deep knowledge of procedural rules and legal systems around the world, the practice helps clients navigate shifting antitrust and competition policies and implement complex cross-border compliance strategies.
Global Competition Review has ranked Baker McKenzie among the Top 5 in its Global Elite list for the last two consecutive years, and the Financial Times recognized the practice in its 2015 Innovative Lawyer Awards for its unique Global Merger Analysis Platform. In addition, Global Investigations Review recently ranked Baker McKenzie No. 4 in the GIR 30, its list of the best investigations practices in the world. GIR also named the Firm to its list of "Elite" FCPA practices in Washington, DC.
About Craig Lee
Mr. Lee received his BA in 1997 from Northwestern University and his JD, cum laude, in 2002 from Northwestern University School of Law. He began his legal career as a clerk for US District Judge F.A. Little, Jr. in the Western District of Louisiana from 2002 to 2003, before joining the Department of Justice.
At the DOJ, Mr. Lee received the Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction four times, one of the highest employee awards given in the Antitrust Division.
"I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie's renowned antitrust practice," said Mr. Lee. "The Firm's unmatched global platform and impressive growth in North America in recent years were significant factors in my decision. I look forward to working with the team to deliver top tier service for our clients.”