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Lee Crawford Boyd is a principal in McKool Smith’s Los Angeles office. Lee is a transnational litigator and trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience handling matters involving international law and foreign affairs, cross-border disputes, foreign property restitution law, international human rights, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has represented clients in many high-profile disputes, including matters involving terrorist hijacking victims, international human rights, and restitution of cultural and private property expropriated abroad, among other cases. She also has significant experience representing plaintiffs in national and state class actions involving claims related to commercial contracts, intellectual property, employment, unfair competition and antitrust, among others. Lee has tried more than 30 cases, including jury trials, in New York and California, and argued more than 10 appeals in federal and state court.

Before entering private practice, Lee was a tenured faculty member of Pepperdine Law School, specializing in International Litigation and Civil Procedure. She has also served in government as a criminal prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and clerked for the Honorable Hector M. Laffitte, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and by designation to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to joining McKool Smith, Lee was a partner in a national law firm and a founding partner of a litigation boutique in California.

She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.


Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized as one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, 2016


Community & Professional Activities

  • Member and former executive board member, American Branch International Law Association
  • Member, ABOTA American Board of Trial Attorneys
  • Member, ABA, Litigation, Business Law and Gaming Law Sections

Media & Events



  • "Report From Jerusalem: The Continuing Struggle For Holocaust Justice," Co-author, Warsaw Point, June 22, 2016
  • "Unholy Profits: Holocaust Restitution and the Vatican Bank," Author, Chap. 12 in Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy, (Eds. M. Bazyler, R. Alford 2006)
  • "Universal Jurisdiction and Structural Reasonableness," Author, Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 40 (2004)
  • "Collective Rights Adjudication in U.S. Courts: Enforcing Human Rights at the Corporate Level," Author, Brigham Young University Law School, Vol. No. 4 (1999)
  • "The Inconvenience of Victims: Abolishing the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in U.S. Human rights Litigation," Author, Virginia Journal of International Law Vol. 39 (1998)


J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989

B.A., with highest honors, University of Virginia, 1986

Court Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Bar Associations

  • California Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
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