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LEE, Jongseok

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Jongseok LEE

Attorney at Law

Jongseok LEE is a partner at Lee & Ko. Mr. Lee specializes in Legislative Consulting. He has additional expertise in Intellectual Property (Copyright) and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Mr. Lee passed the Public Administration Examination in 1990 and began his career in public service as an Assistant Director at the Administrative Appeals Committee under the Office of the Prime Minister, where he assisted the members of the Administrative Appeals Committee in connection with administrative review cases. He also worked for the Ministry of Legislation where he was promoted as a Director. In this position, he drafted and amended laws, and enforcement (presidential) decrees.
As the head of the Legislative Consulting Team, Mr. Lee assisted the National Assembly and various government agencies under the Executive Branch in drafting legislations and counseled various clients on administrative law matters. He also represented a number of clients before the administrative review committees of government agencies.  His long service as a senior official at the Ministry of Legislation has proven resourceful in solving difficult administrative law issues and finding best solutions for clients in dealing with government agencies.
Mr. Lee’s practice also extends to IP, with particular expertise in copyrights. He represented many clients in protecting their copyrights, and won a number of landmark cases in copyright litigations, including his representation of the Korea Music Copyright Association against a global coffee franchise involving a musical copyright infringement claim.
Mr. Lee is well-experienced in M&A. He represented many clients in landmark transactions such as the acquisition of controlling shares in the largest construction company in Korea and the acquisition of controlling shares in the largest golf course in Korea. He is also an expert in foreign investments and has been assisting many foreign investors with investments and launching new businesses in Korea.
    Georgetown Law Center – LL.M.: 2006
    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court: 2000
    Seoul National University – LL.M.:1997
    Seoul National University, College of Law– LL.B.:1990
Work Experience
    Lee & Ko: 2000–Present
    Member, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Supervisory Commission for Casino Businesses
    Professional Instructor, Korea Copyright Commission
    Board member, Korean Entertainment Law Society
    Board Member, CJ Culture Foundation
    Civil Legislative Officer, Ministry of Government Legislation
    Member, Prime Minister’s Information Disclosure Deliberative Committee
    Member, Ministry of Culture’s Regulation Reform Committee
    Member, Korea Bar Association Legislation Committee
    Member, Korea Copyright Commission
    Member, Ministry of Justice’s International Investment and Intellectual Property Advisor Group
    Member, Ministry of Legislation’s Statutory Interpretation Deliberative Committee: 2009-2013
    Secretary, Ministry of Legislation: 1994–2000
    Administrative Officer, Prime Minister’s Administrative Appeals Committee: 1991-1994
    Admitted to bar: Korea (2000), New York (2006)
    Research on Provisional Remedy System under Administrative Litigations
    Standing and Interest in Administrative Litigations
    Research on Provisional Remedy System
    Permissible Reproduction of Copyright for Personal Use
    Fair Use from Copyright Holder’s Perspective
    English and Korean