Paul L. Lee joined Columbia Law School as a lecturer in 2002.
He is the chair of Debevoise & Plimpton banking group, and a member of their financial institutions group. His areas of expertise include banking, corporate governance, and insurance institutions. He has extensive experience in the industry as a corporate lawyer as well as in the public sector working with leading banking supervisory agencies. Lee began his legal career at Debevoise & Plimpton as a corporate associate from 1974 to 1977. He then served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as executive assistant to the deputy secretary of the Treasury, and as special assistant to the general vounsel of the Treasury. From 1980 to 1981 Lee served as deputy superintendent and counsel of the New York State Banking Department, before joining a major international law firm as a partner. In 1994, Lee joined HSCB USA Inc. as General Counsel.
He has recently represented the supervisory Board of ABN Amro in its €72 billion with a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland; the $21 billion sale of its LaSalle Bank subsidiary to Bank of America; and UFJ Holdings in its $41 billion combination with Mitsubishi Tokyo financial group. He has authored multiple articles on the USA PATRIOT Act.
He clerked for the Honorable Walter R. Mansfield of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1974.
Lee graduated with a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.