K. Lee Blalack II
K. Lee Blalack
is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice. He represents targets of grand jury, congressional, and regulatory investigations. Since 2005, the Washingtonian
magazine has named Lee one of the city's "Top Lawyers," and in 2007, The American Lawyer
magazine selected Lee as one of the top fifty litigators in the country in its "Fab Fifty" survey.
Lee is an experienced trial lawyer, having successfully tried to verdict five civil and criminal jury trials since 2001. As a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice, he represents companies in a variety of adversarial proceedings, including complex commercial litigation. Lee was lead national counsel for Humana, Inc.
, in connection with the multi-district RICO class action suits brought by medical doctors and other providers against the managed care industry. He also served as lead trial counsel for Florida Power & Light Group
in a week-long bench trial before the U.S. Tax Court in connection with the Company's nearly $300 million refund claim against the IRS. Lee has represented the Brookings Institution
as its lead counsel in a variety of civil litigation matters.
Lee is also a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. He focuses on defending companies and individuals who are targeted in government investigations. In that capacity, Lee has directed the firm's representation of the following clients:
- Former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. in connection with investigations surrounding his sale of stock from federally qualified blind trusts
- Former Senator Pete Domenici in connection with a federal grand jury and Senate Ethics Committee investigation of his communications with the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico
- UBS AG in connection with a Senate investigation of its offshore banking business
- UnitedHealth Group in connection with Senate and House investigations of its business practices in the small group and individual health insurance markets
- Goldman Sachs Group in connection with a Senate investigation of its subprime mortgage business, and a House investigation of its executive compensation practices
- The former General Counsel of Hewlett-Packard in connection with investigations of the company's efforts to prevent leaks of sensitive business information from Board meetings
- The former General Counsel of Bell South International in connection with an FCPA investigation of a Nicaraguan subsidiary
- Former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman in connection with a House investigation of EPA's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
- Ford Motor Company in connection with numerous House and Senate investigations of the Firestone tire recall
- The former CEO of the Enron Corporation in connection with numerous House and Senate investigations of the Enron bankruptcy
- ImClone Systems, Inc. in connection with a House investigation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denial of ImClone's biologics license application for its anti-cancer drug Erbitux
- Former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow in connection with his nomination by President Bush to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
- Harvard University in connection with a House investigation of the molecular target laboratory contract awarded by the National Cancer Institute
- Hess Corporation in connection with a Senate investigation of its business operations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon
- The Museum of Modern Art in connection with a Senate investigation of its conduct as a tax-exempt organization
- The CEO of the Metabolife Corporation in connection with a House investigation of the Company's marketing of ephedra-based dietary supplements
- Partners Healthcare System in connection with a Senate investigation of corporate sponsorship of medical research
- The former Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the House in connection with a House Ethics Committee investigation of Representative Mark Foley
Prior to joining the Firm, Lee served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine. In that capacity, he directed several nationally publicized investigations into the business practices of the sweepstakes and day trading industries. He also previously served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate's Committee on Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee, during its year-long investigation of foreign influence in the 1996 federal elections.
Prior to law school, Lee served with the US Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf War. As part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he participated in the Second Marine Division's ground invasion of Kuwait and was awarded several citations, including the Combat Action Ribbon and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal.
Honorable Harry W. Wellford, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth CircuitMember,
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel; District of Columbia Bar Association; Maryland Bar Association; Tennessee Bar Association; Team 100, Republican National CommitteeAuthor,
“Preparing for Aggressive Congressional Investigations in 2013,” Corporate Counsel
, June 6, 2012 (with David Leviss and Zachary Kaufman); “Corporate America, Beware: GOP Won’t End Scrutiny,” Roll Call
(February 3, 2003); “In the Line of Fire: Congressional Hearings Play By Their Own Rules,” Legal Times
(September 21, 1998)Ethics Counsel,
2000 Republican National ConventionCommentator,
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