Business Legal Partners specializes in corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions transactions for start-up and emerging growth companies, and real estate transactions and litigation. The firm focuses on quantitative problem solving to give clients a competitive advantage.
This focus originated from the firm’s representation of a brilliant but dyslexic client who had trouble reading contracts and written communications. As a response, the firm focused on numbers, producing quantitative analyses that showed ranges of numbers and probabilities to illuminate the potential profits and risks of legal decisions. This relationship, and the client, proved highly successful, with the company eventually going public. The quantitative methods that arose from this experience continue to define and differentiate our firm and its lawyers.
Albert Lee received his B.A. from UCLA and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Lee started his law career at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, focusing on corporate and securities law. Since his time at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Lee has been an entrepreneur in the legal business, helping his clients grow their business, minimize risks and navigate business decisions through different economic times, and always with a quantitative emphasis.
Mr. Lee specializes in helping entrepreneurs with start-up and emerging growth companies, including negotiating angel rounds, bank financing, private securities, and protection of trade secrets. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Lee intimately understands the joys and potential pitfalls of business deals.
Mr. Lee has served as the President of the Asian Business League, Vice Chair of Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and Counsel for the Organization of Chinese Entrepreneurs Advisory Network (OCEAN). He is married with 3 children, and when not at work, he loves the outdoors – fishing, tennis and hiking.
Mark Shipow is a 1979 graduate of UCLA Law School, having received his B.A. from that institution in 1976. Mr. Shipow spent the first 27 years of his career as a commercial litigation attorney in major law firms, most recently as a partner in the L.A. office of Holland & Knight, where he was at various times the Managing Partner of the office and the litigation practice group leader. He continues to practice in the area of commercial litigation, including matters involving shareholder and partner disputes, contracts, dealer terminations, real estate and zoning disputes, and intellectual property. Mr. Shipow has had extensive experience representing international clients in U.S. litigation. He has handled cases through all facets of the litigation process, but also has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures, including arbitration, mediation, settlement conferences and settlement negotiations directly with opposing counsel.
Mark is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association and chair of its Membership and Marketing Committee. He currently is member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Community Legal Foundation, the charitable arm of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and co-chairs its Public Relations and Marketing Committee. He frequently volunteers his time as a mentor to first-year UCLA Law School students, and serves as a moot court judge.