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Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

Partner

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
andrew.lee@nelsonmullins.com

Andrew is a recognized leader in the international antitrust sphere and advises clients in a wide range of antitrust proceedings (both before the FTC and the DOJ), with a particular focus on the defense of cartel investigations, multi-claim antitrust litigation, and merger clearances under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. He began his legal career at the FTC,...

Andrew is a recognized leader in the international antitrust sphere and advises clients in a wide range of antitrust proceedings (both before the FTC and the DOJ), with a particular focus on the defense of cartel investigations, multi-claim antitrust litigation, and merger clearances under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. He began his legal career at the FTC, where he helped initiate several high-profile antitrust enforcement actions, while also assisting the Commission leadership in setting broad antitrust enforcement policies and agenda. Over the last 20 years, Andrew has counseled numerous leading global corporations facing high-risk antitrust proceedings from diverse industries that span semiconductor, display, automotive, lithium-ion batteries, energy, transportation, and consumer/ medical products. Often, due to the cross-border nature of these matters, Andrew serves as global coordinating counsel for his clients to shepherd parallel, simultaneous proceedings that are progressing in multiple jurisdictions to achieve the best outcome.

Andrew also advises his clients that face potential product safety and liability issues in numerous challenging contexts. Specifically, he represents clients that conduct product safety recalls in connection with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its counterpart agencies around the globe and also represents those clients in defending U.S. consumer class actions that could arise from such product safety or recall issues.

Andrew also maintains an active practice out of Asia Pacific, advising his clients in the region on a wide range of issues affecting their U.S. and global operations. Due to the multifaceted functions that he plays in this role, Andrew advises his clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues – including advising on corporate internal investigations, providing US regulatory compliance risk assessments (such as data privacy, sanctions, and export controls), and managing sensitive cross-border dispute resolutions and arbitration matters.

Andrew Lee

where he helped initiate several high-profile antitrust enforcement actions, while also assisting the Commission leadership in setting broad antitrust enforcement policies and agenda. Over the last 20 years, Andrew has counseled numerous leading global corporations facing high-risk antitrust proceedings from diverse industries that span semiconductor, display, automotive, lithium-ion batteries, energy, transportation, and consumer/ medical products. Often, due to the cross-border nature of these matters, Andrew serves as global coordinating counsel for his clients to shepherd parallel, simultaneous proceedings that are progressing in multiple jurisdictions to achieve the best outcome.

Andrew also advises his clients that face potential product safety and liability issues in numerous challenging contexts. Specifically, he represents clients that conduct product safety recalls in connection with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its counterpart agencies around the globe and also represents those clients in defending U.S. consumer class actions that could arise from such product safety or recall issues.

Andrew also maintains an active practice out of Asia Pacific, advising his clients in the region on a wide range of issues affecting their U.S. and global operations. Due to the multifaceted functions that he plays in this role, Andrew advises his clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues – including advising on corporate internal investigations, providing US regulatory compliance risk assessments (such as data privacy, sanctions, and export controls), and managing sensitive cross-border dispute resolutions and arbitration matters.

Andrew is a recognized leader in the international antitrust sphere and advises clients in a wide range of antitrust proceedings (both before the FTC and the DOJ), with a particular focus on the defense of cartel investigations, multi-claim antitrust litigation, and merger clearances under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. He began his legal career at the FTC,... where he helped initiate several high-profile antitrust enforcement actions, while also assisting the Commission leadership in setting broad antitrust enforcement policies and agenda. Over the last 20 years, Andrew has counseled numerous leading global corporations facing high-risk antitrust proceedings from diverse industries that span semiconductor, display, automotive, lithium-ion batteries, energy, transportation, and consumer/ medical products. Often, due to the cross-border nature of these matters, Andrew serves as global coordinating counsel for his clients to shepherd parallel, simultaneous proceedings that are progressing in multiple jurisdictions to achieve the best outcome.

Andrew also advises his clients that face potential product safety and liability issues in numerous challenging contexts. Specifically, he represents clients that conduct product safety recalls in connection with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its counterpart agencies around the globe and also represents those clients in defending U.S. consumer class actions that could arise from such product safety or recall issues.

Andrew also maintains an active practice out of Asia Pacific, advising his clients in the region on a wide range of issues affecting their U.S. and global operations. Due to the multifaceted functions that he plays in this role, Andrew advises his clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues – including advising on corporate internal investigations, providing US regulatory compliance risk assessments (such as data privacy, sanctions, and export controls), and managing sensitive cross-border dispute resolutions and arbitration matters.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Experience

  • Antitrust counsel for an international petroleum refiner in a DOJ grand jury antitrust investigation and parallel civil investigations involving allegations of price-fixing conspiracies for its supply of fuel to the US Government. Successfully resolved both criminal and civil proceedings with a court-approved settlement order.
  • Product safety and litigation counsel for a leading global manufacturer of batteries in connection with its product recalls and the defense of a putative consumer class action alleging product defects that arose from those same product recalls. Successfully dismissed all claims brought by the putative class action plaintiff.
  • Antitrust counsel for a leading automotive manufacturing company to provide antitrust counseling, compliance, and risk assessments for a broad range of its U.S. manufacturing and business activities.
  • Product safety counsel for a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential sound systems in connection with initiating a voluntary product recall in consultation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • US antitrust counsel for a leading global shipbuilding firm in its proposed acquisition of a competing global shipbuilder.
  • Co-lead antitrust counsel for a leading manufacturer of canned seafood and its US subsidiary in the defense of multidistrict antitrust class actions involving antitrust price-fixing conspiracy allegations concerning the sale of its canned tuna products in the US.
  • Antitrust counsel for a leading Japanese manufacturer of high-precision machine tools in its joint venture with and proposed acquisition of its European competitor. Successfully obtained timely merger clearance from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.
  • Antitrust counsel for a leading global CRT and LCD panel manufacturer to successfully negotiate a corporate amnesty agreement with the DOJ’s Antitrust Division to obtain complete immunity from all criminal allegations of antitrust conduct.
  • Co-lead antitrust counsel for a leading global manufacturer of batteries in the defense of multidistrict antitrust class actions involving allegations of price-fixing conspiracies for lithium-ion batteries sold to consumer electronics OEMs.
  • Antitrust counsel for Stolt-Nielsen S.A., the leading global parcel tanker carrier, in its precedent-setting court victory that annulled the DOJ’s Antitrust Division’s first-ever effort to revoke the client’s immunity under its corporate antitrust leniency program.
  • Lead investigation counsel for multiple global construction engineering consultancies to defend against corruption and fraud investigations conducted by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
  • Arbitration counsel for a leading Asian offshore engineering company to initiate and/or defend cross-border arbitrations involving a wide range of delay and construction defect issues arising from offshore oil and gas projects.

Education

  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, JD (1999)
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA, magna cum laude (1995)
  • Johns Hopkins University, BS, magna cum laude (1995)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust: Civil Litigation & Class Actions, 2022
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust: Merger Control, 2019
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust: Cartel, 2018 to 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
  • Member, DC Bar Association
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Korean Lawyers