Michael D. Lee is a founding partner of rui | attorneys, a litigation and transactional law firm. Michael’s practice likewise focuses on litigation – bankruptcy, business, civil, probate, and real estate along with sophisticated transactional planning for businesses and individuals.

Michael prides himself on solving client problems, stating, “my role is to be a zealous advocate for my client, but also to think beyond any particular litigation or transaction towards solving the holistic problem.”

To that effort, Michael has litigated disputes from complaint to judgment and successfully confirmed complex chapter 11 reorganizations balancing debtor and creditor rights. Regarding transactions, Michael has crafted liability and tax efficient business structures for mid-sized business along with engineering long-term tax efficient estate plans for high-net worth individuals.

When asked to provide an example of his favorite case, Michael recalls, “my favorite case was one of my smallest, a local contractor was erroneously criminally charged for failure to provide worker’s compensation insurance, he was completely innocent, but because of language barriers and lack of attention from prior counsel he was nearly convicted for a crime he did not commit. My office was able to investigate the case and resolve the matter with a full dismissal in the client’s favor, we knew we had a good case and we refused to give-up and vindicated an innocent man.”

Outside of the law, Michael is active in education and the community. Michael teaches U.S. Government and Political Economy at a local college and is a frequent guest lecturer for the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County’s yearly educational program.


State of California
US District Courts:
———Northern District of California
———Eastern District of California
United States Tax Court


Santa Clara University – Juris Doctor
———Oxford University, Magdalen College – Comparative Law Seminar
———The University of California Los Angeles – Certificate in Accounting
The University of California San Diego – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
———Fudan University – Summer Language Institute


Conversational Mandarin Chinese


Honors & Awards
Witkin Award – Start-Up Business
CALI Award – Federal Estate, Gift, and GST Taxation
AAA-CPA –National 3rd Place Winner – Essay on Federal & California Tax Professional
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