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Alvin Lee focuses on complex commercial litigation and products liability lawsuits, most notably for clients in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, and financial services industries, among others.  He represents clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts across the country.  He has particular experience in high-stakes cross-border disputes and has first-chaired several international arbitrations.

Described as “a super litigator” in The Legal 500, Alvin has represented a number of energy and manufacturing companies in bet-the-company disputes relating to the development of large-scale capital projects.  He represented Hemlock Semiconductor (a multinational joint venture) in a series of cross-border actions relating to "take or pay" supply agreements in the solar energy industry.  These actions were brought against entities in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Germany and have resulted in over $1 billion in precedent-setting judgments for Hemlock, including a Sixth Circuit decision that The Michigan Bar Journal named as one of the Top 10 Business Cases of the Decade (2010-2019) in the State of Michigan. 

Alvin also has significant experience defending companies in mass tort & products liability suits.  He has represented The Dow Chemical Company in a wide variety of toxic tort matters, including a number of class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.  Alvin also previously served as a member of a team of national coordinating and litigation counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in relation to its substantial asbestos docket. 

In addition to his work for energy and chemical companies, Alvin has considerable experience representing financial institutions and accounting companies.  An experienced trial and appellate advocate, Alvin has argued multiple federal appeals and tried several cases to verdict.  He has also first-chaired several arbitrations before various tribunals, including a recent confidential arbitration against a Chinese state-owned enterprise as well as a recent arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese-owned solar energy company. 

Alvin is a former Fulbright Scholar.

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Credentials

B.A., Cornell University

J.D., Harvard Law School

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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Matters

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in multiple cross-border litigations arising from breaches of “take or pay” supply agreements for polysilicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany. Obtained a $793 million summary judgment award against a European solar manufacturer, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision that The Michigan Bar Journal named as one of the Top 10 Business Cases of the Decade (2010-2019) in the State of Michigan.

Represent The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort actions, including multiple class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy plant in the U.S.

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Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in multiple cross-border litigations arising from breaches of “take or pay” supply agreements for polysilicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany. Obtained a $793 million summary judgment award against a European solar manufacturer, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision that The Michigan Bar Journal named as one of the Top 10 Business Cases of the Decade (2010-2019) in the State of Michigan.

Represent The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort actions, including multiple class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy plant in the U.S.

First-chaired a confidential international arbitration on behalf of a major U.S. manufacturing company against a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Represented the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) in a series of high-profile litigations against the City of Jacksonville, Florida arising out of the development of nuclear generating units at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County, Georgia.

Acted as a member of a team that obtained dismissal of a putative class action against Union Carbide Corporation alleging medical monitoring claims based on exposure to chemicals emitted from a metal alloying plant.

Previously served as a member of a team of national coordinating and litigation counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in relation to its substantial asbestos docket.

Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a series of actions alleging federal securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with the dissolution of Lipper Convertibles, a New York hedge fund. Served as a member of PwC's trial team in a three-week jury trial.

Secured a complete dismissal of a shareholder derivative action against PricewaterhouseCoopers alleging audit malpractice in connection with management malfeasance at a privately held health services corporation.

Matters

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in multiple cross-border litigations arising from breaches of “take or pay” supply agreements for polysilicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany. Obtained a $793 million summary judgment award against a European solar manufacturer, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision that The Michigan Bar Journal named as one of the Top 10 Business Cases of the Decade (2010-2019) in the State of Michigan.

Represent The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort actions, including multiple class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy plant in the U.S.

See more
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Matters

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in multiple cross-border litigations arising from breaches of “take or pay” supply agreements for polysilicon, used in the manufacturing of solar panels. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany. Obtained a $793 million summary judgment award against a European solar manufacturer, which was subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a decision that The Michigan Bar Journal named as one of the Top 10 Business Cases of the Decade (2010-2019) in the State of Michigan.

Represent The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort actions, including multiple class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy plant in the U.S.

First-chaired a confidential international arbitration on behalf of a major U.S. manufacturing company against a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Represented the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) in a series of high-profile litigations against the City of Jacksonville, Florida arising out of the development of nuclear generating units at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County, Georgia.

Acted as a member of a team that obtained dismissal of a putative class action against Union Carbide Corporation alleging medical monitoring claims based on exposure to chemicals emitted from a metal alloying plant.

Previously served as a member of a team of national coordinating and litigation counsel for Union Carbide Corporation in relation to its substantial asbestos docket.

Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in a series of actions alleging federal securities fraud and audit malpractice in connection with the dissolution of Lipper Convertibles, a New York hedge fund. Served as a member of PwC's trial team in a three-week jury trial.

Secured a complete dismissal of a shareholder derivative action against PricewaterhouseCoopers alleging audit malpractice in connection with management malfeasance at a privately held health services corporation.

Credentials

B.A., Cornell University

J.D., Harvard Law School

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Korean