Celia W. Lee

Celia Lee’s practice encompasses a broad range of civil litigation and advice on behalf of public agencies, nonprofits, and private entities in real estate, housing, land use, and municipal law matters.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lee served as a Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco for almost a decade. From 2010 to 2013, she was a member of the Neighborhood and Resident Safety/Code Enforcement Team, representing the City and County and its departments and employees in its civil enforcement of state and local public safety and public nuisance laws. From 2004 to 2010, she served on the Trial Team of the City Attorney’s Office, where she litigated a wide variety of matters for several City departments. From 1994 to 2004, she practiced commercial litigation and insurance litigation at two San Francisco law firms.

Previous Employment
Office of the City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.


B.A., University of California at Berkeley magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School.


Professional and Volunteer Affiliations
State Bars of California and New York.  President, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), 2008-2009.  Chair, Board of Trustees for Chinese for Affirmative Action/Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (CAA/AACRE), a civil rights organization based in San Francisco’s Chinatown that advocates for the Asian Pacific American community, 2009-present. Member, Board of Directors, San Francisco Conservation Corps, a nonprofit organization that offers education, job training, and employment in recycling and conservation work around San Francisco to at-risk individuals aged 18-26, 2009-present. Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for the San Francisco Bay Area, 2011-present.