Lee Pham is an experienced global business leader with a distinct competency in strategy & innovation. He influences and enables corporate transactions, partnerships, and investment in a digitally contestable industry, applying interdisciplinary expertise across engineering, law, and finance. Lee presently serves as Chief of Staff to the Head of Corporate Development at American Express.
As Chief of Staff, Lee contributes to the strategic agenda for teams whose global responsibilities include coordinating acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, partnerships, and divestitures for American Express. He reports directly to the Company’s Head of Corporate Development and serves on her Executive Team, focusing on the overall management of the organization and key initiatives. Lee’s previous responsibilities at American Express involve formulating the Company’s intellectual property strategy, managing intangible asset transactions, serving as in-house legal counsel, and serving as Chief of Staff for the Strategic Planning Group.
Lee is a registered patent attorney and an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He has represented AIPLA's Far East Practice Committee on international delegations to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Lee is also a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, an ELC Institute Fellow, and a past Young Lawyer Fellow of the New York State Bar Association. He also contributes to the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative in the Global Finance Organization at American Express.
Lee received his Juris Doctor from the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University, and the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate. Lee interned at American Express while pursuing his Juris Doctor. He was also an International Corporate & Intellectual Property Fellow at a Vietnamese law firm, and he completed overseas legal seminars in India and at Oxford University. His J.D. thesis addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing economies. Lee is an active alumnus of Cardozo as a Member of the Alumni Association's Executive Committee, an Appointee to the Dean's Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and the former Chair of the Black, Asian & Latino Alumni Group.
Lee's civic and community engagements have included voter protection, fundraising on behalf of charities, and volunteering with the Patent Pro Bono Program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Additionally, he served as Treasurer on the National Executive Board for the National Society of Black Engineers. Lee is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Lee is on Twitter as @Lee_Pham.
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
United States Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit