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Daniel S. Lee
Lawyer
Seoul
9F, Tower B, The-K Twin Towers
50, Jong-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 03142
South Korea
+82 2 369 1226
daniel.lee@kobrekim.com

With significant experience as a U.S. federal prosecutor, Daniel Lee focuses his practice on representing institutions and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in international investigations and enforcement actions involving allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and other forms of misconducts. Mr. Lee has represented multinational companies and their corporate executives and directors in civil and criminal proceedings including whistleblower investigations, bid-rigging, extradition, export/import control, ITAR, trade secret theft, INTERPOL and multijurisdictional asset forfeiture and tracing. He has in-depth experience managing parallel investigations by law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Far East and Southeast Asia. Mr. Lee also has extensive experience coordinating legal strategies for reputation and investors-relations risk management as well as private clients' dispute resolutions in matters involving high-value-assets including fine art and national heritage artifacts.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Lee was a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. While serving in that capacity, Mr. Lee focused on white-collar criminal cases involving public corruption, investment fraud, money laundering, tax fraud and False Claims Act violations. Mr. Lee also led numerous investigations along with the Department of Homeland Security (HSI/ICE) for various customs violations, asylum, immigration fraud and art and cultural properties theft cases. Earlier in his career, he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Defense, litigating major crimes for the Pacific region with special emphasis on defense contractor fraud and misconducts against U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, Japan, Guam and Alaska.

In recognition of Mr. Lee’s expertise in cross-border investigations and enforcement, he is regularly invited to educate law enforcement agents around the globe and various international organizations including the United Nations.  

Admissions

  • Foreign Legal Consultant, South Korea
  • New York
  • Iowa
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, JD
    (Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, Editor)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, MS
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, BS

Languages

  • Korean

Accolades

  • U.S. Air Force Legal Operations Agency Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • U.S. Air Force Reserve, Commissioned Officer (Major)

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "GIR Know How: Extradition" (Global Investigations Review, June 2021)
  • Speaker, “Attorney’s Role in Multijurisdictional Government Investigations” (International Association of Korean Lawyers in Seoul Annual Conference, September 2019)
  • Co-author, “Korea - Government Investigations 2020” (Getting the Deal Through: Government Investigations, August 2019)
  • Co-author, “Monitorships in East Asia” (GIR Guide to Monitorships, May 2019)
  • Co-author, “Developments in crypto law in South Korea” (Asia Business Law Journal, May 2019)
  • Moderator, “Conducting Successful Internal Investigations – Challenges, Pitfalls and Best Practices” (ALB Korea Anti-Corruption Forum, May 2019)
  • Speaker, “Understanding and Managing Cross-Border Internal Investigations in Korea” (Asian Legal Business Korea In-House Legal Summit, November 2018)
  • Co-author, “Korea - Asset Recovery 2019” (Getting the Deal Through: Asset Recovery, November 2018)
  • Co-author, “United States - Asset Recovery 2019” (Getting the Deal Through: Asset Recovery, November 2018)
  • Author, "Laissez-faire International Investor-State Dispute Resolution Mechanism" (Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, Vol. 18., No. 2, 2009)

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