Soo Yeon Lee, Partner

Selected Legal Lectures

  • Lease Restructuring, March 2018, March 2016, Practicing Law Institute
  • Lease Review, April 2017, April 2016, Practicing Law Institute
  • Building and Managing a Successful Real Estate/Estate Planning Practice, May 2016, Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law of American Bar Association (ABA)
  • How to Review and Negotiate Purchase and Sale Agreement and Commercial Lease, June 2015, 3rd Minority Bar Conference.
  • How to Review and Negotiate a Commercial Lease, April 2015, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Build to Suit Leases, May 2014, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Signage Issues in Commercial Leasing, Nuts and Bolts of Leases, June 2013, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of American Bar Association (ABA)


Soo Yeon Lee focuses on  areas of the law that are of recurring importance to business owners and global families. Her unique combination of  expertise and experience crossing between litigation and transactional work enables her to provide innovative, bold, and strategic advice on issues that go beyond traditional legal boundaries. She also serves as   general counsel to many Korean American businesses and families who value her dependability.

Soo concentrates her practice in the areas of general litigation, real estate and estate planning law. She has a wide range of litigation experiences in contract disputes, real estate and property rights, estate and trust issues, various commercial transactions, construction, business torts, other tort claims, personal injury, employment, insurance, and claims for injunctive relief. She also provides counsel on a wide array of business issues well beyond the litigation setting.

Additionally, she represents sellers and buyers of commercial real estate and has extensive experience representing commercial landlords and tenants in leasing, negotiating retail, restaurant, office, shopping center, and industrial leases. She regularly counsels on various property ownership and management issues.

She also counsels on estate planning and business planning, spending a lot of time counseling business owners through complex issues that arise in business planning and business succession planning as well as their individual and family estate planning. She also counsels individuals and families on international (U.S. – South Korea) estate planning.

Soo is also very active in the Chicago Korean business community and provides legal services for many Korean businesses in a wide range of issues from day to day operation to litigation. As a lawyer who speaks the Korean language and knows the Korean culture well, she also plays the role of bridging the gap so that Korean businesses can effectively and successfully navigate the legal system.

Beyond her usual areas of practice, Soo is committed to public service through extensive pro bono work in, among others, the areas of consumer credit and insolvency issues, foreclosure, landlord/tenant law, guardianship and small claims. From 2009-2015, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for Korean American Community Services (now Hana Center), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering educational, legal, health and social services for the local community in Chicago. She also served as the Director of Pro Bono Legal Clinic of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) from 2008 to 2012 and was an arbitration panelist in the Circuit Court of Cook County for several years. Currently she is a legal advisor to the Consulate General of South Korea in Chicago.