B.A. Political Science University of California at Los Angeles;
J.D. Whittier Law School
Lee is an attorney at the California office of Kyler Kohler Ostermiller & Sorensen located in Irvine, California. Lee focuses his practice on real estate and business transactional/ litigation, debtor/creditor law, IRS negotiations, business planning, asset protection, and estate planning. Lee’s practice includes advising clients on the formation of business entities, partnerships, and general tax planning relating to business entity formations. Lee also provides advice on structuring real estate investment deals and asset protection issues arising from investments in real estate. He also regularly advises and assists clients in IRS matters including audits, collections, installment agreements and offers in compromise.
Lee possesses extensive litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels in California state and federal courts, and in Arizona (pro hac vice), including several reported cases before the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining KKOS Lawyers, Lee worked for a litigation firm in Orange County and successfully obtained multi-million dollar results in practice areas that include business litigation, class actions, collections, consumer law, employment, personal injury, real estate, and civil rights.
Lee has also worked as a solo practitioner in the areas of general litigation, family law, and bankruptcy. From these experiences, Lee has developed a diverse knowledge base and broad practical experiences. Lee is also a licensed real estate broker. Lee is a regular speaker on the Mark Kohler radio show and a frequent contributor to the KKOS newsletter.
Testimonials of Lee’s Clients:
– “I would highly recommend Attorney Lee Chen. Originally, I contacted Mr. Chen regarding a legal problem to which I felt overwhelmed and did not know where else I could turn. Initially, I did not understand the process and was apprehensive about the procedures involved in my case. From the very beginning, Lee took the time to listen to my concerns and patiently explained my rights to me. Lee was very attentive and patiently answered my questions when they arose. He informed me what to expect from my case, but also informed me of potential contingencies that were beyond his control that could affect my case. As a result of his expertise and experience, I, fortunately, had a great outcome for my case which has allowed me to move forward with my life. I would not hesitate to use Lee’s services if confronted with a similar problem in the future.”
– P.J. “We obtained Lee’s services for what we thought was a very scary lawsuit. From the initial consultation, Lee put us at ease as he was very patient at explaining the very complicated processes. Gave us the good and the bad scenarios of how our case could turn out and he was excellent at returning phone calls and emails. Fortunately, through Lee’s diligence and knowledge of the law, we had the most excellent outcome we could have expected. As a business owner, we will definitely be using Lee’s services in the future.”
– S.W.Representative Cases include: Obtained a six-figure settlement published in the Daily Journal settlement reports for a small business owner on the day of trial in a case involving a breach of business contracts.
Successfully obtained a settlement in the high six figures in a premises liability action for a client who was rendered paraplegic from the accident. Successfully prosecuted several cases for medical malpractice and wrongful death including a six-figure settlement against a well-known psychiatrist in the Los Angeles area.
Six-figure settlement against a national HMO, and another against a prominent celebrity drug rehabilitation center. Numerous settlements in the area of employment law including a six-figure settlement against a well-known cemetery in Southern California.
Successfully arbitrated a dispute between homeowner and investor in a short sale transaction. Successfully negotiated a settlement in a lawsuit seeking six-figure damages after being retained on the case less than two weeks before trial.
Successfully obtained a dismissal for the homeowner in a lawsuit brought by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). Represented entrepreneur in the purchase of a retail concern in an affluent shopping district in Los Angeles including the drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, lease assignments, and advising on due diligence concerns. Advising clients on a variety of business and investment deals including hard money loans, employment and consulting agreements, non-circumvent non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements, joint venture agreements, and buy-sell agreements. Advising and representing homeowners and investors with respect to their rights, duties, and options in dealing with real estate purchases, mortgages, and foreclosures. Advising and representing owners in common interest developments regarding rights, duties, and options in relation to homeowners associations. Successfully negotiated settlements and installment agreements for taxpayers with the IRS.
Professional Associations: Member of the State Bar of California. Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. Lifetime member of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. Member of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. Member, Orange County Association of Realtors.