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WEN HO LEE LEGAL TEAM FINALLY MEETS Last week, Wen Ho Lee’s extensive team of lawyers met for a dinner on Jones Day’s Washington, D.C., roof deck � their first gathering in seven years of legal battles. The event followed the June 3 settlement in which the U.S. federal government and five media organizations agreed to pay Lee $1.6 million over allegations that government leaks violated his privacy. With a stunning view of the Capitol, the group dined on goat cheese salad, spring rolls, lamb and salmon, and thanked each other for their commitment to the civil and criminal cases. “It’s a good story about a band of lawyers coming together and collaborating,” said Brian Sun, the Jones Day partner who helped assemble the team. “I said in my remarks that our client got fabulous representation from a group of talented lawyers from different backgrounds, law firms and walks of life.” The group � mostly working pro bono � formed through a word-of-mouth effort. Mark Holscher, a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Los Angeles office, called Sun, who in turn asked Thomas Green, a partner at Sidley Austin, and a chain reaction started. Since many of the lawyers worked on different aspects of the case, Monday was the first gathering of Lee’s “dream team.” Pictures show Lee smiling in a short-sleeve peach shirt among 17 of the team members, mostly in dark colors and suits. Betsy Miller, a Jones Day associate involved since 2003, said the gathering gave her goose bumps. “As people streamed in, it was like being at a cross between a college reunion and a wedding � where you’ve heard a lot about people but haven’t seen them in person,” she said. “It was like bringing all of our little families together.” When it was Miller’s turn to speak, she told about the humility and generosity she saw in the case, and what it meant as an associate to work on it. To top off the evening of dinner and drinks, the group was treated to molten chocolate cake with ice cream � a treat Lee skipped. “He doesn’t like sugar,” Miller explained. “He tried to give his to me.”

Kellie Schmitt

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