Jae Hong Lee, M.D., M.P.H., FCLM

Jae-Hong Lee

Jae Hong Lee, M.D., M.P.H., FCLM


San Francisco | One Bush Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA, United States of America 94104-4446
+1 415 262 4585 | +1 415 262 4555


Dr. Jae Hong Lee is a trial lawyer and physician who represents clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, dietary supplement, food, cosmetics, consumer products and aviation industries. Dr. Lee offers strategic insight across a broad range of matters, including individual actions, class actions, multidistrict litigation, product liability litigation, toxic torts, trade secrets, patent litigation, FDA regulatory matters, Proposition 65 litigation, concussion litigation, advertising disputes and patent prosecution. 

As a medical professional, Dr. Lee uses his expertise on public health, FDA regulations, quantitative methods, clinical research, basic science research and biophysics to inform his practice. He has degrees from Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Dr. Lee completed a surgical internship at Yale prior to performing clinical research for five years at UCLA in traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular disease. 

Dr. Lee has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences and frequently delivers seminars and webinars for clients. His publications include articles and commentary in legal journals, peer-reviewed medical journals and newspapers, including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Law360, Skywritings, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Ventura County Star, The Laryngoscope, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Neurotrauma, Pediatrics and The Lancet. He also co-authored a book chapter, “Pharmaceutical Product Liability,” in Principles and Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine (3rd Ed.). 

Dr. Lee has been recommended by The Legal 500 in product liability litigation, has been ranked as a “Northern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers twice and was awarded the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services twice over the course of his career. Prior to joining Dechert, Dr. Lee was of counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

  • A major nutritional supplement company in achieving favorable settlements in hundreds of pending cases in multidistrict litigation, by providing medical and scientific expertise, alternative causation assessments and representation at settlement discussions.
  • A leading manufacturer of local anaesthetic drugs in pain pump litigation.
  • U.S. military veterans, who were subjects in chemical and biological warfare experiments, to obtain health care benefits and government recognition of their long-term injuries.
  • A leading manufacturer of consumer plumbing products in the dismissal of three consecutive Proposition 65 litigation cases without the need for public monetary settlements.
  • The brand-name manufacturer of a widely used anticoagulant pharmaceutical product in multiple litigation matters, achieving favorable settlements for the client.
  • A leading manufacturer of ophthalmologic products in performing scientific analysis and recruiting a top biostatistics expert to help in an advertising dispute with a major competitor.
  • A European manufacturer of cosmetic products in FDA regulatory counselling.
  • A pharmaceutical company in reviewing and drafting FDA regulatory documents, including "Dear Healthcare Provider" letters and adverse event reports.
  • A manufacturer of pet products in a class action product liability suit.
  • An electronic components manufacturer in a trade secrets lawsuit.
  • A major medical device company in a nearly three-month trial as trial counsel.
  • A beverage company in litigation relating to concurrent investigations by the FDA, Institute of Medicine and the United States Congress.
  • A manufacturer of fire-fighting foam in toxic tort actions.
  • A manufacturer of analgesic products in numerous state and federal class action suits.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1987, Departmental Honors in Biophysics, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, M.D., 1993, Penn Medical Scholar, American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellowship, NIMH/Measey Foundation Training Grant in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Harvard School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2001
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2005, Fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Grace C. Barbee Fellowship in Law & Medicine, Prosser Prize (Law & Technology Writing), Law and Technology Certificate
  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Fellow, 2011-present
  • Barrister, Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court, 2011-2013