Sae M. Lee


Sae M. Lee is an associate in the firm’s transactional department where she works in real estate and real estate development, corporate, and international business practice groups.  Sae is fluent in Korean.

Born in Sapporo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, Oahu, Sae graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy.  She then received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, concentrating in Neuroscience, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Thereafter, Sae graduated from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law in 2020, where she served on the Publishing Committee and as Case Note Editor for the University of Hawaii Law Review.

While in law school, Sae was a judicial extern at the Hawaii State Probate Court for the Honorable R. Mark Browning, Chief Judge of the First Circuit.  In 2018, Sae was awarded the Samuel L. Cohen Fellowship for Human Rights and worked on Darfur genocide cases with former prosecutors of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.  Prior to attending law school, Sae worked in foreign policy and international relations with the development department of Pacific Forum CSIS, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The firm hired Sae as a summer associate in 2019 before she started as an associate in 2020.

Bar Admissions
  • Hawaii, 2020
  • J.D. (2020) University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • B.S. (2013) Psychology concentrating in Neuroscience with a minor in Cultural Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst