Patricia Lee is a partner of the Firm practicing primarily in business and commercial litigation, including, but not limited to, partnership/shareholder disputes, contract enforcement/defense, non-competition agreements, commercial lease review, and litigation, and family law. In addition, Patricia also practices in the areas of trademark registration and litigation, collections, mechanic’s liens/foreclosures, and medical claims billing. Patricia’s range of experience allows her to manage the legal needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners through the Firm’s program entitled The Legal Solution for Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses.
Patricia hails from the small town of Lompoc, California, where she graduated near the top of her class. She attended the University of Southern California and obtained a dual degree in psychology and communications in 1997. During her time at USC, Patricia served the student body as a Student Senator and as President of the Black Students’ Union. Patricia received several accolades for her academic excellence and dedication to campus and community activism. Among the awards she received were the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Award and Order of Troy for academic achievement.
After graduating from USC, Patricia worked for one year as an employee at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California, and assisted in the establishment of the Rosa Parks Community Computer and Learning Center for inner-city youth. She then attended the prestigious George Washington University Law School where she obtained her Juris doctorate in 2002. Patricia joined the team of Hutchison & Steffen immediately after her graduation from GWU.
Patricia’s dedication to community activism continued at GWU where she was elected as the Community Service Director for the Student Bar Association, as well as the Student Director over the Small Business Clinic, where she assisted small businesses in economically distressed communities with their legal needs. She also gained valuable legal experience as an intern for the United States Department of Justice, the United States Postal Service, and for a private practitioner focused primarily in employment and labor law, and criminal law.
Today, Patricia serves as a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Attorney Project, where she represents abused and neglected children in Clark County, Nevada. In addition, she previously served as Treasurer of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, and as the President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association Foundation. In 2010, Patricia was appointed by Governor Gibbons to serve as Chair of the Nevada Crime Commission. In 2011, Patricia was appointed to serve as a member of the Self Help Center’s Steering Committee by Eighth District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. In 2012, Patricia began serving on the Pro Bono Advisory Council to support the efforts of Legal Aid Center’s Pro Bono Project and was subsequently nominated to the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where she continues to serve. Patricia also served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada for two years and continues to serve as a Board member today.
Consistent with her mission of female empowerment, Patricia has also served as a Board member with the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Southern Nevada since 2015. Also, the Las Vegas business publication In Business Las Vegas honored Patricia with its “Women to Watch 2010” award. Due to her tenacious efforts to grant under-served communities with fair access to justice, Patricia was awarded the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in 2012 and holds the honor of being the first attorney in Nevada to win the prestigious National Pro Bono Publico Award awarded by the American Bar Association. Patricia has also received recognitions and awards from the Asian American Group (Outstanding Community Achievement), the Lili Clair Foundation (“Live your Passion” Award), and the Womens’ Chamber of Commerce (Young Professionals Award and Humanitarian of the Year). Patricia has also been recognized for multiple years by the regional publications Nevada Business Magazine (Legal Elite) and Mountain West Super Lawyers.
When Patricia is not working for the Firm, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ronnie (a small business owner), and their two children, Brianna and Devin, and does not shy away from the term “hard core soccer mom!” Patricia also enjoys traveling and reading, and is an avid sports enthusiast.