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US Senate Confirms Partner Kenneth Lee as Ninth Circuit Judge

On May 15, the United States Senate voted to confirm Partner Kenneth K. Lee as a judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Lee’s confirmation is the latest in a legal career that has included two previous turns in government service – the first as special counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the second as associate counsel to the White House during the George W. Bush administration.

At Jenner & Block, Mr. Lee has defended dozens of consumer class actions in California, Florida, New York and elsewhere. In these cases, he has achieved early dismissals of claims and denials of class certification, including first-of-their-kind victories in the field.

In 2014, the Daily Journal, the largest legal newspaper in California, named Mr. Lee as one of the Top 20 Lawyers under 40 in the state for his class action defense work on behalf of food companies.  In 2015, Super Lawyers magazine had a front-cover profile of him, crediting him for his “creative strategies” and for “making things happen quietly.” The Los Angeles Business Journal named him one of its “Most Influential Minority Attorneys” in 2018, and that same year, Law360 profiled cases he worked on in its recognition of the firm’s food and beverage group as a “Practice Group of the Year.” 

While at Jenner & Block, Mr. Lee’s dedication to diversity, inclusion and pro bono has mirrored the firm’s own deep commitment to these core values. As a long-serving member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, he has played a valuable role in our efforts to recruit, mentor and support diverse lawyers and to develop initiatives to foster an inclusive environment. Ken has also volunteered significant time to pro bono matters and has represented numerous indigent and/or incarcerated individuals who have alleged violations of their constitutional rights.

A first generation immigrant who moved to the United States at the age of four, Mr. Lee graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and spent five years in private practice before his first foray into government work. He is the nation’s first Article III judge born in the Republic of Korea.