Kirsten Lee is an associate in Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department.

Ms. Lee represents corporate and individual clients in securities litigation and investigations, complex commercial litigation, and white collar defense and investigations. She was part of two trial teams that obtained full not guilty verdicts in criminal trials in federal court. 

Ms. Lee also has an active pro bono practice, including representing individuals seeking to obtain asylum, expunge their criminal records, and assert violations of their constitutional rights. She previously served on the firm’s Ethics Committee and currently serves on the firm’s Associates Committee. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lee served as a law clerk for Judge John J. Tharp of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Lee’s experience includes representation of:

  • Public companies and executives in stock-drop securities class actions 
  • ​Clients in the digital asset and cryptocurrency industry in government investigations and enforcement actions
  • Public companies in government investigations and enforcement actions
  • An investment bank in connection with an SEC investigation
  • A food manufacturer in connection with a complaint filed against a supplier for breach of contract and fraud 
  • A former public company CEO charged criminally with securities and wire fraud 

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois


  • JD, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2018
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA in Legal Studies & Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014