Drohan Lee LLP


  • LGBT
  • MBE
  • WBE

Firm Size

  • 3-5

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

Drohan Lee LLP is a New York-based corporate, litigation, tax and finance law firm. In the past decade DL has expanded its practice to include digital finance, public finance, real estate transactions, as well as representation of clients in the employment and intellectual property fields. DL is dedicated to both professional excellence and providing our clients with efficient, high quality, and responsive representation and service. We pride ourselves in providing best-in-practice standards of service in a timely and efficient manner.
DL was historically focused on serving the investment and financial services industries. Our client base has included large and mid-sized global banks, investment banks, brokers, investment advisors and other financial services clients, as well as a substantial real-money investor client base comprised of institutional, and public stakeholders, family offices and high net worth individuals. In recent years our corporate and IP practice has attracted restaurant chains, art galleries, creative educational content developers, and legacy music artists.

VIVIAN RIVERA DROHAN, Partner, heads the Litigation group. Since 2013 she has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the New York Super Lawyers Editions under the Business Litigation area. Her practice includes representation of clients in federal and state trial and appellate litigation, private arbitration and mediation, litigation before the Trademark and Appeals Board and various regulatory agencies including the EEOC, SEC, FINRA, CFTC and NFA. Ms. Drohan is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association’s Federal and Commercial Litigation Committee. She serves as a Director of the NY Women’s Bar Association in addition to the co-chair of its Federal Practice Committee. She graduated from Fordham University in 1986 and earned her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Drohan is admitted to practice in New York State and Washington, DC. She is also admitted in the Southern and Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

JAE W. LEE, Partner, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and heads DL’s Tax Practice Group. Mr. Lee’s expertise includes tax advice regarding corporate and partnership structuring, mergers and acquisition, cross-border transactions and private offerings. Mr. Lee works extensively with privately held companies in a variety of industries as well as with high net-worth individuals and families. In addition, Mr. Lee heads the firm’s public finance practice which includes representation of municipal bond issuers and underwriters. Mr. Lee also works extensively with majority-owned law firms in joint representation of governmental agencies in a variety of matters, including structured finance transactions. Mr. Lee graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 1991, Fordham University School of Law in 1996 and New York University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation in 1997. Mr. Lee is an active member of the Asian American community.

Jacqueline J. Drohan, Partner, also a founding and managing partner, heads the firm’s flagship Alternative Investments practice group, serving clients in areas including commodities and investment advisory law and regulation, derivatives transactions, currency and cryptocurrency regulation, domestic and offshore hedge fund formation and investment due diligence. She also supports the firm’s Litigation group in complex securities and derivatives litigation matters. She was a partner with Drohan & Drohan LLP from 1995 until that firm’s merger into Drohan Lee in 2007. Before entering legal practice, Ms. Drohan had an 11-year institutional trading career as a senior capital markets dealer for banks including First Chicago International and Deutsche Bank. Trading experience includes major spot and forward currencies, money market instruments, options and derivatives. Ms. Drohan is a frequent speaker at hedge fund industry and academic conferences, and has published articles on financial economics, federal civil procedure and commodities regulation. Ms. Drohan graduated from Washington University at St. Louis in 1982. She earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Investments from Baruch College in 1986, and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1990, where she held the position of Comments Editor with the Brooklyn Law Review. Ms. Drohan is a member of the Finance Committee of the New York State Bar Association, a former-rostered arbitrator for National Futures Association, a member of the Global Regulatory working group of ACI – The Financial Markets Association, and a former Trustee of the New York Citizen’s Budget Commission. She has served as President of ACI Financial Markets Association, USA since 2015.


New York, NY

5 Penn Plaza, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10001


Person of contact: Vivian Rivera Drohan

Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance
    • Banking Regulatory & Compliance
    • Private Banking Transactions
    • Private Equity & Fund Transactions
  • Corporate
    • Corporate Governance
    • Internal Investigations
  • Corporate, M&A & Securities
    • Master Services and Supply Agreements
    • Private Placements
  • Defamation
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright
    • IP Agreements/Licensing
    • Litigation
    • Other Transactions
    • Software Distribution Agreements
    • Trademark
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Corporate/Commercial (Shareholder Derivative Suits, Securities, FINRA, Antitrust, Banking, Bankruptcy, etc.)
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Intellectual Property (Patent/Trademark)
    • Restaurant Retail & Hospitality
  • Private Equity
  • Private Funds
  • Securities
  • Tax/Tax Credits
  • Venture Capital