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Lee, Paul

Winter 2021

914 Legal Research

​Paul Lee is of counsel to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and former chair of the firm's banking group. He has extensive experience in the banking industry as a corporate lawyer, both as a general counsel and in private practice, as well as experience in the public sector with leading bank supervisory agencies. Professor Lee is ranked by Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers USA (2017) as a Senior Statesman in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance). He also has been recognized by The Legal 500 USA (2017) as a Leading lawyer in Financial Services: Regulatory, and as a member of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. In addition, Professor Lee also has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Financial Services Regulation Law by Best Lawyers New York City (2017) and as a Thought Leader for Banking by Who’s Who Legal 2017.

Professor Lee has been a member of the adjunct faculty of law at Columbia Law School since 2002, and was a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1983 to 1986. He speaks frequently on the banking industry and has written extensively on issues relating to banking and international finance. Professor Lee received his BA, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1969. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1972, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He served as law clerk to The Hon. Walter R. Mansfield on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1973 to 1974.