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Alvin Lee focuses on complex commercial litigation, mass torts, and class action defense, most notably for clients in the energy, chemical, technology, and financial services 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 has been recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation.  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 has first-chaired multiple international arbitrations.

Alvin has significant experience in the renewable energy, power, and petrochemical 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.

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 multiple 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

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Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

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Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

Matters

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor (a multinational joint venture) in a series of cross-border bet-the-company litigations and arbitrations 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.

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.

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

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Represented Hemlock Semiconductor (a multinational joint venture) in a series of cross-border bet-the-company litigations and arbitrations 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.

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.

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

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

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor (a multinational joint venture) in a series of cross-border bet-the-company litigations and arbitrations 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.

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.

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

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Matters

Represented Hemlock Semiconductor (a multinational joint venture) in a series of cross-border bet-the-company litigations and arbitrations 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.

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.

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

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

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020

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Recognition

Future Star


Benchmark Litigation, 2020