Lucy Lee is a professional tax advisor for the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. There, she primarily practices estate planning and international tax law. Her client base includes trusts, both domestic and overseas, as well as HNWIs.
Lee frequently represents clients in a range of complex legal matters, including estate planning, expatriation planning, inbound and outbound investments, pre-immigration taxation, tax compliance in cross-border transactions and wealth management structures. Furthermore, Lee advises funds and foreign financial institutions on United States taxation and compliance [such as matters pertaining to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS)]. She also provides legal representation for taxpayers in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and bilateral tax issues.
Before Akin Gump, Lee served as a partner at Ernst & Young, where she headed the cross-border private client services group. The group was part of the firm’s national tax department. She also served as Akin Gump’s liaison in international tax matters. Before Ernst & Young, Lee worked as an international corporate tax counsel at General Electric. In that role, she assisted with the company’s commercial opportunities across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Lee is also responsible for developing and managing an Asia practice for a boutique law firm, of which she acted as a tax partner.
Lee often gives speeches and writes articles about United States tax matters regarding companies, foreign trusts, and individuals. She is a member of several organizations, including the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, DC Bar Association, the International Association of Korean Lawyers, the International Bar Association, the Korean-American Bar Association of Greater Washington, the New York State Bar Association and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). She is fluent in both English and Korean.