Charity E. Lee’s practice focuses on civil litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and enforcement, with an emphasis on cross-border cases.

She has represented international and domestic clients, including financial institutions and multinational corporations, in complex civil litigation in state and federal court, as well as in complex regulatory investigations. 

Charity joined the firm in 2014.

Notable Experiences

  • BHP Group Limited, BHP Group plc, and BHP Hawaii Inc. in climate change litigations filed by municipalities in Hawaii state court relating to allegations of rising sea levels and based upon theories of tort liability, including nuisance and trespass

  • Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC in class action litigation in the United States in connection with “dieselgate” scandal alleging that Daimler and other automobile manufacturers used equipment supplied by Bosch allegedly to manipulate the results of vehicle emissions tests

  • YPF in a litigation brought by the Maxus Liquidating Trust in Delaware Bankruptcy Court, seeking up to $14 billion damages for alter ego and fraudulent conveyance claims

  • Medytox Inc. in proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission and in related litigation, successfully obtaining an order excluding competitor’s products from the U.S. market

  • HSBC in federal class action antitrust and market manipulation litigations concerning the setting of benchmark interest rates in Singapore and Australia, successfully obtaining dismissal of claims

  • A major financial institution in a confidential investigation relating to swap dealer compliance before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

  • A Chinese issuer in an independent investigation by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors into allegations made by a short-seller of misstatements and omissions in the Company’s 2019 20-F

  • BHP Billiton, Vale, and Samarco in a large-scale, technical investigation of the collapse of the Fundão tailings dam in Minas Gerais, the largest environmental disaster in Brazil’s history

  • HSBC in criminal and regulatory investigations regarding allegations of manipulation and collusion in the setting of benchmark reference rates, including LIBOR and FX

  • Amici in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the immunity that international organizations have under the International Organizations Immunities Act

  • Amici in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit regarding the applicable limitations period for Title IX claims and when such claims accrue

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Selected Activities

  • Executive Editor of Academic Articles, The New York University Journal of Law & Business, New York University School of Law