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Alvin Lee focuses on complex commercial litigation, mass torts, and class action defense, most notably for clients in the financial services, energy, chemical, accounting, and technology sectors, among others.  He has significant experience in disputes relating to energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects, and has represented companies in litigation arising out of offtake agreements, supply agreements, M&A transactions, financing agreements, EPC contracts, and joint venture agreements.  Alvin has been described as a “super litigator” in The Legal 500 and was recognized in 2021 as a Rising Star in the Energy sector by Law360.  He has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star and was named to its 40 & Under Hot List for 2021.  He represents clients at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts across the country, from pre-suit counseling through trial and appeals.  He also has significant experience in cross-border disputes and international arbitration.

Alvin has significant experience in the renewable energy, power, and chemical industries, where he has advised owners, developers, sponsors, and offtakers of large-scale manufacturing, solar, wind, and other power generation projects.  He has also represented raw material and component manufacturers and suppliers, and has significant experience advising clients in connection with complex financing vehicles for energy and infrastructure projects.  He has litigated a number of high-profile force majeure disputes in the energy industry relating to events such as the U.S.-China solar trade war, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Winter Storm Uri and its ensuing impacts on the Texas power market in February 2021.  

Alvin also has significant experience in mass tort & products liability suits.  He has defended companies in a wide variety of toxic tort and environmental litigation, including class actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions.  Alvin also has experience serving as national coordinating and litigation counsel for companies in relation to substantial nationwide mass tort and product liability dockets. 

In addition to his work for energy and chemical companies, Alvin has considerable experience representing financial services institutions and accounting firms in both commercial and professional liability litigation.  He also has experience defending companies in data privacy litigation and consumer class actions.  Alvin is an experienced trial and appellate advocate and has first-chaired a number of international arbitrations before various tribunals, including recent victories in confidential arbitrations involving Chinese-owned entities in the energy and manufacturing industries. 

Alvin is highly active in diversity & inclusion initiatives throughout the legal profession.  He has held a number of D&I leadership positions both within the firm and in Asian American and LGBTQ+ bar organizations.

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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

Korean

Rising Star (Energy)


Law360, 2021

40 & Under Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

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Recognition

Rising Star (Energy)


Law360, 2021

40 & Under Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

Matters

Representing a major financial institution in a series of litigations arising out of Winter Storm Uri and its impacts on the Texas energy market in February 2021. The lawsuits have been filed in multiple state and federal courts across the country and involve force majeure declarations issued by wind farms relating to ISDA hedge agreements as well as pricing disputes arising out of such agreements.

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in a series of bet-the-company actions relating to take-or pay supply agreements in the solar energy industry. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany, and obtained billions of dollars of precedent-setting judgments against entities in those countries. 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.

Representing The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort and environmental litigations, including multiple class actions and mass actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions to chemicals such as ethylene oxide.

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Representing a major financial institution in a series of litigations arising out of Winter Storm Uri and its impacts on the Texas energy market in February 2021. The lawsuits have been filed in multiple state and federal courts across the country and involve force majeure declarations issued by wind farms relating to ISDA hedge agreements as well as pricing disputes arising out of such agreements.

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in a series of bet-the-company actions relating to take-or pay supply agreements in the solar energy industry. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany, and obtained billions of dollars of precedent-setting judgments against entities in those countries. 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.

Representing The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort and environmental litigations, including multiple class actions and mass actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions to chemicals such as ethylene oxide.

Representing a major financial institution in an antitrust action regarding the setting of LIBOR.

Representing a private equity fund and its directors in a lawsuit arising out of the development and construction of a 674-megawatt combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant.

Representing a Big Four accounting firm in litigation relating to the demise of a publicly traded health services company operating in the Middle East.

Served as trial counsel for a publicly traded medical technology company in a $500 million M&A dispute in Delaware Chancery Court relating to a material adverse effect (MAE) clause.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy project in the U.S, resulting in a complete victory. The dispute arose out of an M&A agreement involving the project at issue.

Represented the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) in a series of bet-the-company 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.

First-chaired a confidential international arbitration on behalf of a major U.S. manufacturing company against a Chinese state-owned enterprise, resulting in substantial recovery for client.

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

Representing a major financial institution in a series of litigations arising out of Winter Storm Uri and its impacts on the Texas energy market in February 2021. The lawsuits have been filed in multiple state and federal courts across the country and involve force majeure declarations issued by wind farms relating to ISDA hedge agreements as well as pricing disputes arising out of such agreements.

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in a series of bet-the-company actions relating to take-or pay supply agreements in the solar energy industry. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany, and obtained billions of dollars of precedent-setting judgments against entities in those countries. 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.

Representing The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort and environmental litigations, including multiple class actions and mass actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions to chemicals such as ethylene oxide.

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Matters

Representing a major financial institution in a series of litigations arising out of Winter Storm Uri and its impacts on the Texas energy market in February 2021. The lawsuits have been filed in multiple state and federal courts across the country and involve force majeure declarations issued by wind farms relating to ISDA hedge agreements as well as pricing disputes arising out of such agreements.

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor in a series of bet-the-company actions relating to take-or pay supply agreements in the solar energy industry. Coordinated global litigation strategy with counsel in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Germany, and obtained billions of dollars of precedent-setting judgments against entities in those countries. 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.

Representing The Dow Chemical Company in a series of toxic tort and environmental litigations, including multiple class actions and mass actions alleging exposure to chemical releases and environmental emissions to chemicals such as ethylene oxide.

Representing a major financial institution in an antitrust action regarding the setting of LIBOR.

Representing a private equity fund and its directors in a lawsuit arising out of the development and construction of a 674-megawatt combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant.

Representing a Big Four accounting firm in litigation relating to the demise of a publicly traded health services company operating in the Middle East.

Served as trial counsel for a publicly traded medical technology company in a $500 million M&A dispute in Delaware Chancery Court relating to a material adverse effect (MAE) clause.

First-chaired a confidential arbitration on behalf of a major Chinese solar panel manufacturer against the developer of a utility-scale solar energy project in the U.S, resulting in a complete victory. The dispute arose out of an M&A agreement involving the project at issue.

Represented the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) in a series of bet-the-company 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.

First-chaired a confidential international arbitration on behalf of a major U.S. manufacturing company against a Chinese state-owned enterprise, resulting in substantial recovery for client.

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

Rising Star (Energy)


Law360, 2021

40 & Under Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

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Recognition

Rising Star (Energy)


Law360, 2021

40 & Under Hot List


Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020