Profiles in IP Law: An Interview with Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Vol. 6 No. 2


Lloyd Smith is a shareholder with Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, in Alexandria, Virginia. He focuses his practice on many phases of intellectual property litigation, including trademark enforcement matters. He can be reached at

Judge Lee was confirmed as a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, on October 8, 1998. He was recommended for appointment to the court with bipartisan support in May 1998. Prior to his nomination by President Clinton, Judge Lee was a trial judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit in Fairfax, Virginia for six and one half years.

Judge Lee is well known throughout the Virginia legal community for his handling of complex civil cases, his efforts to improve the court’s use of technology, and his commitment to mentorship and community service.

In 1973, Judge Lee received his undergraduate degree in communications from The American University, Washington, D.C. He earned his JD from The Washington College of Law at The American University in 1976.

Prior to going on the bench, Judge Lee was a trial lawyer for 15 years, representing individuals and businesses in civil and criminal cases. He was a partner at Cohen, Dunn & Sinclair, PC, an Alexandria, Virginia, law firm. In 1990, while he was in practice, then Virginia Governor Wilder appointed him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the managers of Washington Dulles and Washington National Airports.

He is an active member of the profession and has served in several leadership roles. He was an elected member of the Virginia State Bar Council, chairman of the General Practice of Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the American Bar Association General Practice Section. He is a past president of the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and The George Mason American Inn of Court.


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