Overview Experience News Intelligence Joanne Lee Partner jlee foley.com Download vCard Joanne Lee is a partner and business litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on electronic discovery and bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Lee is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices. She is co-chair of the Cross-Border Insolvency Team and the E-Discovery Industry Team. Ms. Lee is also co-chair of the firm’s Asian Pacific American Affinity Group. Ms. Lee possesses extensive experience in the area of electronic discovery, litigating cases on the cutting edge of both technology and ESI discovery obligations under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. She has counseled some of the largest corporations in the world regarding ESI preservation, collection, and production and has assisted with navigating such clients through the challenging and still changing landscape of electronic discovery. Ms. Lee has also provided e-Discovery training to both attorneys and IT professionals, including the Milwaukee chapter of ISACA. Ms. Lee’s litigation practice consists of litigation matters in a broad range of contexts, including in complex chapter 11 proceedings (representing debtors, creditor committees, secured lenders, trade creditors, and other major constituencies), class action lawsuits, antitrust lawsuits, cross-border insolvency issues, pre-bankruptcy workouts, and bankruptcy related counseling. In addition, based upon her representation of both debtors and lenders in large chapter 11 cases, she possesses substantial experience in the areas of Chapter 11 plan negotiation and confirmation, as well as all aspects of litigation in chapter 11 cases of distressed real property debtors—including successfully litigating bad faith dismissals, modification of automatic stays, 363 sales, and contested confirmation hearings. Ms. Lee has also represented clients in such areas as substantive consolidation, the assumption and rejection of executory contracts, and setoff rights. Ms. Lee has also represented both liquidating trustees and defendants in over 100 avoidance actions. She second chaired the five-day bench trial in the single largest preference action in a multi-billion chapter 11 proceeding (In re Bridge Information Systems, Inc.), in which she represented the chapter 11 plan administrator in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and recovered millions of dollars for the estates’ creditors. Ms. Lee also assisted with the representation of a major constituency in a UK insolvency proceeding. Through her representation of clients involved in various commercial disputes, Ms. Lee has also gained significant knowledge and experience in the areas of insurance and reinsurance litigation, products liability, tortious interference, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, liquidated damages clauses, limitation of liability clauses, and indemnification issues. She has successfully represented Fortune 200 companies in confidential arbitrations and mediations, and has substantial experience in the identification and engagement of arbitrators, mediators, and other alternate dispute resolution vehicles. In particular, through her work in the insurance/reinsurance industry, Ms. Lee has developed knowledge and experience with working with experts and witnesses in the areas of actuarial mathematics, retrocessional pools, and forensic accounting. Recognition Ms. Lee has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® Edition.* Affiliations Ms. Lee has co-authored and presented a class in the Lorman Education Services called “Landlord and Tenant Law: Commercial Tenant Bankruptcy Considerations.” She has also been a guest professor at Washington University Law School in St. Louis, MO. Education Ms. Lee received her law degree from the University of Chicago (J.D., 2004). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois (B.A., 2000). She is a member of the Illinois Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Chicago Bar Association, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (USA), INSOL International, and the Korean American Bar Association. Admissions and Professional Memberships Ms. Lee is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Selected Publications “How One Struggling Auto Company Used Chapter 15 to Protect its US Assets,” Dashboard Insights, November 14, 2013 “What’s in Store for E-Discovery in Bankruptcy?” Law360, May 16, 2013 “What Does the Crystal Ball Say on Technology Assisted Review?” IT-Lex Technology Law, March 1, 2013 “Another Court Weighs In On Stern v. Marshall,” Law360, March 20, 2012 “The Mexican insolvency that tested US bankruptcy laws,” IFLR, August 29, 2012 “Unequivocal And Specific’ Claim Preservation,” Law360, July 11, 2011 *The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.