Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has named Bill Lee, current partner and former co-managing partner of the firm, a “2012 Lawyer of the Year.” Recognized for his marked success in 2012, Lee is featured in the January 21 issue in a Q&A piece in which he discusses the closely watched trial between Apple and Samsung that resulted in a $1.05 billion victory for his client. Lee is one of 11 individuals named to this selective list of the region’s most accomplished lawyers.
Lee has tried more than 100 patent cases, both jury and jury waived, to judgment and argued more than 50 appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other Courts of Appeals. For his noteworthy work in the Apple v. Samsung trial, Lee was also named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily following the trial. A well-known leader in the industry, Lee is consistently recognized for his prowess. In 2012, he was one of eight finalists selected by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Year” and was recently awarded the titles of “Intellectual Property’s MVP” by Law360, “Outstanding IP Practitioner of the Year” and among the “Top 10 Litigators” in the life sciences patent industry by Managing IP magazine. Additionally, he was named “Boston Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America.
In December 2012, Lee received the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Trailblazer Award—NAPABA's highest honor, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision, courage and tenacity, and those who have made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal profession, as well as the broader APA community. Lee has also been recognized twice among Boston’s “Power50,” the Boston Business Journal’s list of the most influential business people in the region.