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About Michael Lee

Dynamic and accomplished independent international arbitrator, mediator, and consultant with a distinguished career in dispute resolution. Recognized for expertise in international commercial arbitration and mediation, with a deep understanding of the rules and procedures of leading arbitration institutions. Proven track record in managing complex cases and providing effective solutions. Committed to upholding fairness, efficiency, and integrity in all aspects of dispute resolution.

Professional Profile

Areas of Expertise:
  • International Commercial Arbitration

  • Mediation and Negotiation

  • Dispute Resolution Strategies

  • International Commercial Law

  • Technology 

  • Construction 

  • Energy 

  • Financial Services

  • Life Sciences

  • Intellectual Property

  • Partnership and Joint Ventures

  • Securities 

  • Hospitality

Highlights of Accomplishments

  • During Mr. Lee's tenure, AAA/ICDR administered approximately 14,000 international arbitration and mediation cases, and out of 14,000, there were approximately 4,000 Asia-related cases.

  • Engaged as a keynote speaker, panelist, and moderator at over 200 prestigious international events and conferences, delivering insightful presentations on dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation.

  • Served as a distinguished guest lecturer at numerous esteemed law schools in Asia, imparting knowledge on international arbitration and sharing practical experiences on more than 40 occasions. 

  • Served as a distinguished guest lecturer at numerous Bar Association lectures in Asia, imparting knowledge on international arbitration and sharing practical experiences on more than 60 occasions.

  • Organized and contributed as a faculty member in 5 AAA/ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management Issues, elevating the skills and expertise of newly empaneled arbitrators.

  • Actively participated as a special guest lecturer in the 4 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CiArb) training programs in Asia, fostering excellence in arbitration practices and imparting industry knowledge.

Professional Experience:

Michael Lee Chambers

Singapore. 2023 - Present

  • Established an independent practice focused on international arbitration, mediation, and consultancy services.

  • Provide expert guidance to clients in resolving complex international disputes, drawing on extensive experience and knowledge of diverse legal systems and cultural nuances.

  • Act as a trusted neutral and facilitator in negotiations, leveraging strong communication and interpersonal skills to foster productive dialogue and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

  • Offer consultancy services to assist clients in developing effective dispute resolution strategies and ensuring compliance with international legal frameworks.

Singapore. 2009 - 2023

Vice President & Head
AAA/ICDR Asia Case Management Centre

  • Led the Asia operations of AAA/ICDR, overseeing the Association's regional activities across multiple countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

  • Managed the overall operation of the Asia office, driving business development initiatives, and cultivating strategic relationships.

  • Conducted educational programs for corporate counsel, the international panel of neutrals, and practicing attorneys, sharing research findings on dispute management, business negotiation, and the comprehensive rules and processes of AAA/ICDR.

  • Served as a member of the AAA/ICDR internal committee for Rules Drafting for 15 years, contributing to the development and refinement of International Rules of Arbitration and Mediation Rules.

  • Served as an internal review committee for the International Arbitrator and Mediator Panel applications, ensuring the highest qualifications and standards for panel members.

  • Established and led the AAA/ICDR Asia Advisory Committee, Korea Advisory Committee, and India Advisory Committee, fostering collaboration and sharing best practices in arbitration.

International Case Manager
American Arbitration Association 

New York. USA

  • Managed international arbitration cases, leveraging an in-depth knowledge of AAA/ICDR rules and procedures.

  • Coordinated with parties, arbitrators, and legal counsel to ensure efficient case administration and adherence to established protocols.

  • Provided guidance and support to parties involved in the arbitration process, facilitating effective communication and timely resolution.

Contributions to Singapore Arbitration Landscape:

Establishing Singapore Maxwell Chambers:

  • Played a pivotal role as the key liaison between AAA/ICDR and the Singapore government in the establishment of Singapore Maxwell Chambers. Collaboratively worked towards promoting Singapore as the premier arbitration venue in Asia, showcasing the city-state's commitment to international arbitration.

Renewing Cooperative Agreement:

  • Successfully led the negotiations and renewal of the cooperative agreement between AAA/ICDR and the Singapore government multiple times. This achievement underscored the continued partnership and mutually beneficial collaboration between the two entities.

Expansion of AAA/ICDR Office:

  • Spearheaded the expansion of the AAA/ICDR office into a recognized and fully functional case management center. Through strategic planning and effective execution, transformed the office into a hub for comprehensive arbitration services, further enhancing AAA/ICDR's presence and capabilities in the region.

Education and Bar Admission:

  • LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration, Stockholm University Law School, Sweden (2006-2007)

  • J.D. (Juris Doctor), St. Thomas University Law School, Florida, USA (2004)

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar


  • U.S Citizen

  • Singapore Permanent Resident

  • Korea Permanent Resident

Other Professional Affiliations and Recognition:

  • Served as a co-chair of the Legal Committee for American Chamber of Commerce Singapore for 8 years until 2016

  • Advisor for Uniform Citation in International Arbitration

  • Recipient of the "Man of the Year in Law" award in 2009

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