ABOUT LEE

My practice draws on 20+ years of combined legal experience in Arizona, the United States and beyond.  I have a passion for music and I enjoy helping people who are committed to spreading music around the world.

For the first 10 years of my career, I was a trial lawyer in Arizona.  As a member of the Major Crimes Division of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, I tried numerous felony cases before juries.  From 2001 to 2005, I practiced criminal and civil litigation as an associate, then partner, in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady LLP.  

From 2005 through 2015, I worked as in-house counsel for global consumer goods and manufacturing companies - Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (2005 to 2012), and Hill's Pet Nutrition, a Colgate-Palmolive subsidiary (2012-2015).  

My main areas of responsibility at Fender included legal support for the company's global manufacturing, distribution and sales infrastructure; brand protection (e.g., trademark oppositions/cancellations, C&D matters, and anti-counterfeiting); inbound and outbound licensing; co-branding ventures; enterprise software agreements; contract drafting/negotiation/enforcement; US and EU consumer protection and online privacy laws; regulatory inquiries and enforcement actions; and digital advertising.  

As Chief Marketing Counsel for Hill's, I had primary legal responsibility for supporting the company's advertising and marketing teams in the US, Canada, the EU, Russia, Australia and Asia.  I also trained Hill's and Colgate business teams worldwide on legal subjects including advertising law, competition law, commercial selling principles, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and anti-bribery laws.  I also served as an internal compliance investigator for Colgate-Palmolive in the United States, Turkey and Europe.

I have been an active musician and live performer for over 30 years.  My family and I are avid animal lovers - we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 parakeets and a ridiculous number of finches.  

  Lee (center) with Czech legal colleagues at Hill's Pet Nutrition EU Headquarters, Prague 2015

Lee (center) with Czech legal colleagues at Hill's Pet Nutrition EU Headquarters, Prague 2015

  Playing bass (far right) with my Fender buddies with Changes: A David Bowie Tribute, Scottsdale 2016

Playing bass (far right) with my Fender buddies with Changes: A David Bowie Tribute, Scottsdale 2016

  Lobbying on Capitol Hill for tougher anti-piracy laws on behalf of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Washington, DC 2011

Lobbying on Capitol Hill for tougher anti-piracy laws on behalf of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Washington, DC 2011

Lee (back right) with the Fender team in Bangkok, on break from the company's annual offshore manufacturers convention

  "Lawyer typecasting" - Still image from a Fender promo video for the "Fender G-DEC Exec" guitar amp.  Cheesy, I know - but in my defense, I DID provide legal support for the project (IP, contractual and regulatory compliance).    For the full video, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5cxw9-XPtA

"Lawyer typecasting" - Still image from a Fender promo video for the "Fender G-DEC Exec" guitar amp.  Cheesy, I know - but in my defense, I DID provide legal support for the project (IP, contractual and regulatory compliance).  For the full video, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5cxw9-XPtA