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  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1992

  • University of Hawaii, M.A., 1983

  • Korea University, B.A., 1980

Bar admission

  • California Supreme Court December 1992

  • Texas Supreme Court June 2014

  • US District Court for Central, Southern and Northern District

  • US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Professional Membership

  • Maritime Law Association of America since 2009

Sook H. Lee


Sook Lee has been practicing law since December 1992 with a focus in maritime and transportation law.  She is proud of being the very first Korean-American maritime lawyer in the U.S.


Ms. Lee served as General Counsel for Hyundai Merchant Marine's US headquarters in Dallas, Texas from January 2009 through March 2018. In April, 2018, Ms. Lee started a law firm of Lee, Cho & Holen, PLLC with two experienced lawyers, Andy Cho and Andy Holen. 


Prior to her work as General Counsel for Hyundai Merchant Marine (America), Inc. in Dallas, Texas, Ms. Lee worked for two reputable maritime defense law firms for 12 years and had her own practice for 3 years in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California. From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Lee worked for Flynn, Delich & Wise, a maritime defense law firm, handling litigation in federal and state courts for international ocean carriers, marine terminals and their P&I clubs.  She handled a variety of maritime and admiralty cases including cargo claims, vessel arrests, personal injuries and oil pollution. From 2002 through 2005, Ms. Lee worked for Kay, Rose & Maltzman, which primarily represented world class cruise lines. As associate for the firm, Ms. Lee handled personal injury litigation as well as cargo claims. From May 2005 through December 2008, Ms. Lee practiced on her own in Los Angeles, California, and represented Korean logistics companies including NVOCCs and air freight forwarders. She also handled transactional and litigation matters for small business owners including commercial litigation and collection matters. 


Having worked for Hyundai Merchant Marine's US headquarters as General Counsel for more than 9 years, Ms. Lee has not only obtained an extensive experience in all areas of shipping transactions and regulatory issues, but also  acquired the inside knowledge of Korean corporate culture and the ability to effectively communicate with Korean businesses regarding legal matters in Korean. She is enthusiastic about her opportunity to be of service for US subsidiaries of Korean companies as well as the Korean American logistics providers in the wide ranges of areas of law, including but not limited to, international transportation and maritime, corporate and business transactions, immigration and commercial litigation (collection matters).

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