Areas of Practice
Education
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986, Associate Editor, The Catholic University Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Industrial Management, Economics, 1982
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US Supreme Court
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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Washington DC 20036
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Harry Lee is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Litigation Department and heads the firm’s Insurance/Reinsurance Group.  His primary practice has covered a broad range of insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Insurance/Reinsurance
For more than 25 years, Mr. Lee has represented insurers and reinsurers in arbitrations and judicial proceedings, where he has litigated complex insurance coverage disputes.  He has advised reinsurers with respect to treaty and facultative coverage and billing issues arising from mass torts (e.g. tainted blood) and property damage (e.g., defective railroad ties).  He has also represented major direct insurers in complex coverage litigation involving environmental (e.g., chemical plants, landfills, manufactured gas), toxic tort/product liability (e.g., asbestos, silica, hearing loss), professional liability (e.g., legal malpractice) and financial insurance matters.  A substantial portion of Mr. Lee’s current practice involves insurance issues arising from mass tort driven bankruptcies.

Complex Litigation
Mr. Lee has also handled a variety of diverse, complex commercial disputes, including litigation of professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims brought against attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers and agents, and corporate officers and directors.  He has also litigated contract claims, Title VII discrimination claims, conflicting claims to real property, and bankruptcy disputes.  These claims have all presented common procedural issues, including complex document and database management concerns.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Lee has extensive speaking and writing experience on a wide range of insurance coverage and litigation matters, including asbestos, misrepresentation, mold, construction defects, first-party property, reinsurance, and emerging legal and legislative issues.

  • Mealey’s Asbestos Litigation Conference, Co-Chair, Philadelphia, PA, April 2010
  • "Developments in Reinsurance Arbitrations:  What Works and What Does Not in the US, Bermuda, and the UK," Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Reinsurance Group, Washington, DC,
    February 8, 2008
  • "US Legal/Legislative Update," IntAP Autumn Technical Meeting, Cologne, Germany,
    December 5, 2007
  • "Proving Policy Impairment:  Issues and Strategies in Establishing Exhaustion, Obtaining Contribution and Collecting Reinsurance, Mock Case Study," Liberty Mutual Group Complex and Emerging Risks Claims Department, Boston, MA, September 28, 2007
  • "Procedural Issues in Reinsurance Disputes:  Courts and Arbitration," Mealey’s Fundamentals of Reinsurance Litigation & Arbitration Conference, March 15, 2007
  • "Brave New World:  How the 2006 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Change Electronic Discovery,"
    Riverstone Resources, Manchester, NH, November 30, 2006
    Cavell/Resolute N.E., Cambridge, MA, November 2, 2006
    St. Paul Travelers Companies, Hartford, CT, October 10, 2006, November 10, 2006
  • "Allocation," Mealey’s Asbestos Insurance Conference, Chicago, IL, June 8, 2005
  • "Arbitration, Mediation, and Other Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Are They Really Serving Their Purpose?," Environmental Claims Managers Association (“ECMA”) Spring 2004 Meeting and Conference, Sanibel Island, FL, April 28, 2004
  • "Construction Defect and Mold Claims Under Third-Party Insurance Policies," Mealey’s Practical Training for the Claims Professional Conference, Stamford, CT, March 4, 2004
  • "First-Party Property Issues," Mealey’s Second Annual Advanced Insurance Coverage Conference: Top 10 Issues, Philadelphia, PA, January 29, 2004
  • "Allocation Models – How Are They Similar and/or Different When You Are in Bankruptcy?," Mealey’s Insurance Allocation Conference, Naples, FL, November 17, 2003
  • "Coverage Issues for Mold Claims Under First-Party and Third-Party Insurance Policies," Mold & Fungus Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 8, 2003

Noteworthy

  • Band 1, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Insurance: Insurer (District of Columbia), 2007-2016
  • Legal 500 US, Insurance: Advice to Insurers, 2012-2016
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Insurance, 2013-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2016-2017
  • Who's Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance, 2016
  • The American Lawyer, “Top Rated Lawyer” in Insurance Law and Bankruptcy, 2016
  • The American Lawyer, “Top Rated Litigator”, 2016
  • Washingtonian magazine, "Top Lawyer," Insurance, 2011
  • Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2008, 2010, 2013)

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • District of Columbia, Litigation Section
  • Maryland, Litigation Section