Seungjae Lee

Associate

Seattle
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Overview

SJ Lee helps clients manage data breach incidents and build an effective cybersecurity program. A former federal prosecutor, SJ has worked closely with the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and other federal agencies to lead multiple cybercrime investigations. SJ also leverages his experience litigating and trying cases in federal and state courts to guide clients through a regulatory inquiry following a data breach. 

SJ is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, E) and knowledgeable about data privacy and cybersecurity laws. He applies that knowledge, along with his on-the-ground experience, to help clients build a robust and practical cybersecurity program that ensures data protection and regulatory compliance.

Driven by his passion for understanding the intersection of technology and law, SJ always strives to find a creative solution that fits each client’s unique circumstance. He brings sound judgment and the ability to build a consensus among stakeholders—all of which he developed as a federal prosecutor—to navigate the ambiguous world of data privacy and cybersecurity.

Select Experience

  • Led investigation into a foreign criminal group running global business email compromise (BEC) schemes.
  • Investigated data theft committed by a company insider who used the stolen customer data to launch a large-scale phishing attack.
  • Served as a coordinator for a joint task force (FBI, DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Homeland. Security Investigations) investigating dark web crimes and cryptocurrency money launderers in the Seattle-Tacoma area. 
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Experience

  • Led investigation into a foreign criminal group running global business email compromise (BEC) schemes.
  • Investigated data theft committed by a company insider who used the stolen customer data to launch a large-scale phishing attack.
  • Served as a coordinator for a joint task force (FBI, DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Homeland. Security Investigations) investigating dark web crimes and cryptocurrency money launderers in the Seattle-Tacoma area.     
  • Drafted legal memoranda, pleadings, and legal processes, including Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) processes, to compel internet and communication service providers to disclose customer data. 
  • Tried identity theft, embezzlement, and multiple tax fraud cases before federal juries and secured guilty verdicts.  

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP): Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, E)*

*The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties and the certificate is not required to practice law in the state of Washington.

Memberships

  • International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP): Member
  • Korean American Bar Association of Washington:
    • Board Member (2019 to Present)
  • Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee
    • Chair (2017)
    • Member (2015 to Present)

Community

  • Racial Disparity Project: Volunteer Attorney (2010)
  • Columbia Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic: Student Advocate (2009)
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington: Intern (2009)
  • Urban Justice Center, Sex Workers Project: Intern (2009)
  • Minkwon Center: Intern (2008)
  • Human Rights Now: Intern (2008)

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Seattle, WA, Criminal Division: Assistant U.S. Attorney (July 2016 to Dec. 2020)
  • King County Department of Public Defense: Public Defender (Dec. 2010 to July 2016)

Admissions

  • Washington

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2010; Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Submissions and Notes Editor; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., University of Washington, 2007

Languages

  • Korean

Blog

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Data Counsel
The Brave New World of Cybersecurity Compliance—Key Takeaways from Recent Government Action on Cybersecurity
By Andreas T. Kaltsounis, Seungjae Lee
July 20, 2021
After a series of high-profile supply chain and ransomware attacks, the federal government is ramping up its effort to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. In the past several months, multiple federal departments and agencies announced new...
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Data Counsel
Data Breach Enforcement Is a Global Risk
By Seungjae Lee, Nichole L. Sterling
June 23, 2021
The 2021 edition of BakerHostetler’s annual Data Security Incident Response Report highlights some regulatory enforcement trends we saw from the European Union (EU) data protection authorities (DPAs) during the past year. EU DPA...
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