Belinda Lee, Global Vice Chair of Latham’s Antitrust & Competition Practice, represents global companies in high-stakes litigation and investigations, with a particular emphasis on defending private damages actions and navigating clients through international jurisdictions.
Ms. Lee represents US and global companies in antitrust and complex litigation matters pending in courts throughout the United States, and before government regulators in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Ms. Lee has extensive experience defending and advising companies in the technology, consumer products, transportation, and manufacturing industries. She has represented these companies in consumer class actions, price-fixing, monopolization, unfair competition, and licensing disputes.
She has defeated class certification several times and regularly guided clients through criminal investigations that close without enforcement actions.
Ms. Lee is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. She frequently writes and speaks on legal issues relating to expert witnesses, antitrust compliance, and law firm diversity.
As the Global Chair of Latham’s Training and Career Enhancement Committee, Ms. Lee oversees the formal and informal training programs for all Latham attorneys, from summer associates to senior partners. Under Ms. Lee’s leadership, Latham’s training programs have received numerous awards and accolades, including the highest possible rankings by Vault Law 100 for Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship.
Ms. Lee’s representative experience includes advising:
- Toshiba and its affiliates in numerous class actions, private damages actions, and government investigations in the semiconductor and storage markets:
- Optical Disk Drives: Defeated price-fixing claims on summary judgment; defeated motions for class certification by direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs; Department of Justice (DOJ) grand jury investigation closed without action
- Flash Memory: Defeated motions for class certification by both sets of direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs; DOJ grand jury investigation closed without action
- Static Random Access Memory: DOJ grand jury investigation closed without action
- Dynamic Random Access Memory: DOJ grand jury investigation closed without action
- SD Cards: Motions to dismiss granted, voluntary dismissals negotiated in litigation related to the formation of a patent pool and its licensing practices
- StarKist in multidistrict antitrust litigation wherein purchasers of packaged tuna allege that StarKist conspired to fix prices
- Nitsuko Electronics in class actions alleging price-fixing in the capacitors industry
- Kamaya Electric and Walsin Technology in class actions alleging price-fixing in the resistors industry
- HannStar Display in opt-out litigation relating to alleged price-fixing in the LCD industry
- A major global automobile manufacturer in antitrust litigation alleging participation in a broad-ranging conspiracy to suppress innovation in technological development of cars and light duty trucks
- A global engineering company in a worldwide cartel investigation into the high voltage power cables industry
- Several leading Taiwanese companies in putative class actions by purchasers and consumers alleging price-fixing in the aftermarket sheet metal automotive parts industry
- A US shipping and transportation company in a global cartel investigation
- A leading software company as antitrust counsel on matters relating to software bundling and distribution practices
- A leading automotive parts retailer on unfair competition and data privacy issues
In her pro bono practice, Ms. Lee has handled numerous immigration and refugee cases. Most recently, Ms. Lee obtained class certification and obtained injunctive relief requiring that the US Department of Homeland Security re-review the refugee applications of a class of refugees fleeing persecution in Iran.
Selected Thought Leadership & Community Involvement
- Panelist, “Thinking Critically about Pass-On and Contribution” at ABA Antitrust Section Global Private Litigation Conference – Berlin (June 2019)
- Global Legal Insights: Cartels – Taiwan (2019 - 2015)
- “SCOTUS: US Courts Not Bound by Foreign Government’s Statement of Its Laws,” Latham & Watkins Client Alert (June 2018)
- Panelist, “Managing Your Global Antitrust Risks (and Rewards)” at Minority Corporate Counsel Association Global TEC Forum (June 2017)
- “A Rare Ruling On Antitrust Whistleblower Protections,” Latham & Watkins Article (October 2015)
Ms. Lee has previously served on the editorial board of the ABA’s Antitrust Magazine and Antitrust Source. She chaired the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has also served on the Boards of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center, the NALP Foundation, the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and the California Heritage Museum.