Lee Pham is an experienced global business leader with a distinct competency in strategy & innovation. He advises and enables technology-intensive organizations, applying his interdisciplinary expertise across engineering, law, and finance. Lee presently serves as Chief of Staff to the Head of Strategy and M&A at American Express.

As Chief of Staff, Lee contributes to the strategic agenda for Corporate Development and for the Strategic Planning Group at American Express, focusing on key initiatives and overall management of the organizations. He reports directly to the company’s Head of Strategy and M&A, serving on her Executive Team. Lee’s previous roles at American Express involved formulating the company's intellectual property strategy, managing intangible asset transactions, and serving as legal counsel.

Lee is a registered patent attorney and an active member of both the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). 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’s IP Law Section. In addition, Lee contributes to the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative in the Global Finance Organization at American Express.

Lee is a graduate of 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 is an active alumnus of his law school as a Member of the Alumni Association's Executive Committee, an Appointee to the Dean's Council on Diversity & Inclusion, and the Chair of the Black, Asian & Latino Alumni Group. While pursuing his Juris Doctor, Lee interned at American Express. He also was an International Legal Practice Intern at a Vietnamese law firm and participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing economies.

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.

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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