Craig Lee

Craig Y. Lee

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Craig Y. Lee leads the Firm’s global cartel task force. He brings 13 years of experience as a federal prosecutor to assist clients with issues concerning international and domestic antitrust matters, including cartel defense, criminal enforcement investigations, and litigation.

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Craig served as Assistant Chief of the Washington Criminal 1 Section of the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he led teams of trial attorneys in prominent investigations and prosecutions of antitrust violations and related crimes, such as bribery, fraud, and obstruction of justice. He played leading roles in multiple criminal antitrust trials, several international and domestic cartel matters, and the first successfully litigated extradition of a foreign national for an antitrust violation.

Craig received four Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Awards of Distinction and the Washington Field Office’s FBI Service Award for his work on criminal and civil enforcement while with the DOJ.

Craig also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and a judicial clerk in the Western District of Louisiana.

Practice Focus

Craig focuses on providing advice and counseling for criminal antitrust enforcement and criminal and civil litigation. He assists clients in conducting internal investigations, developing compliance programs, and dealing with international cartel investigations. He also advises on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other white-collar criminal investigations. His experience spans a variety of industries, including oil and gas, ocean transportation, automotive parts, and marine products.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Craig acted on the following significant criminal and civil antitrust matters:

  • Served as DOJ trial counsel in a three-week jury trial in the District of Puerto Rico of an executive charged with participating in a price-fixing conspiracy in the coastal freight shipping industry.
  • Served as DOJ trial counsel in a two-week jury trial in the District of Puerto Rico of an executive charged with participating in a price-fixing conspiracy in the coastal freight shipping industry.
  • Served as DOJ trial counsel in a four-week jury trial in the Southern District of Florida of two executives charged with participating in an international antitrust conspiracy related to the manufacture and sale of marine products.
  • Led DOJ team in the Southern District of Florida that litigated the first successful extradition of a foreign national for an antitrust charge.
  • Served on DOJ team that sued in the District of Delaware to block a USD 34 billion merger in the oilfield services industry.
  • Supervised and served on DOJ team that investigated and prosecuted corporations and individuals in the Eastern District of Michigan for participating in international antitrust cartels related to the manufacture and sale of automobile parts.
  • Supervised and served on DOJ team that investigated and prosecuted corporations and individuals in the District of Maryland for participating in international antitrust cartels related to ocean shipping services.
  • Served on DOJ team that investigated and prosecuted corporations and individuals in the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of Florida for participating in an international antitrust cartel related to the manufacture and sale of marine products and FCPA violations.
  • Served on DOJ team that investigated and prosecuted corporations and individuals in the District of Puerto Rico and the Southern District of Florida for participating in a price-fixing conspiracy in the coastal freight shipping industry.
  • Served on DOJ team that investigated and prosecuted corporations and individuals in the Eastern District of Virginia for participating in antitrust cartels related to the manufacture and sale of marine products.

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. cum laude) (2002)
  • Northwestern University (B.A.) (1997)