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Ernest J. Lee

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ERNEST LEE was born in Ft. Bragg, NC. He was raised in the military, an Army Kid until his father retired from the U.S. Military and relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. A bright youth, he graduated from high school at the age of 16. He then attended the University of Missouri at St. Louis where he majored in Mass Media –Communications/ Communications Theory. Upon his graduation with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree, he attended Law School at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he graduated in 2 years. Upon his graduation from law school, he relocated to San Diego, California where he didn’t know a soul. However, his innate confidence allowed him to not only get on but also thrive in this new area. Upon his passing the California Bar Examination, he was sworn in, a new attorney, and member of the California Bar. He worked for several law firms, learning what he felt was needed from each, until he felt he was ready to commence his life’s work, to start a law firm that would open legal representation for more people for less



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    13 years, 60 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    10 years, 75 cases
  3. Employment: 20%
    11 years, 20 cases
  4. Class Action: 15%
    4 years



Hourly ($500-600/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (2%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Matthew H. Springmeyer

    I have known Ernest for several years, and he is an amazing advocate. He is one of the rare criminal defense attorneys that will go above and beyond for his clients. He not only knows all aspects of criminal law, but he pursues novel issues to ensure his clients' rights are protected. He zealously advocates for all of his clients, but he is also a good person. You will not be disappointed if you hire him to represent you on ANY criminal matter. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.


    Matthew Springmeyer DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rosemary Jane Meagher-Leonard

    Ernest is an excellent and conscientious attorney. He is also a tireless advocate for his clients. I have been working with Ernest on a couple of cases and I have been very impressed with his knowledge of the law and his work ethic. I endorse this lawyer.


    Rosemary Meagher-Leonard Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


8515 Chloe Ave Suite 229
La Mesa, CA, 91942


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorney, Semi-finalistSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder, Chief CounselLEE LAW GROUP2008 - Present
AssociateSimpson & Brenner2004 - 2007
Founder, CounselErnest Lee & Associates2002 - 2008
Associate AttorneyMartorella & Associates2000 - 2001
ClerkUS District Court, E. District Missouri1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Consumer Attorneysmember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of MissouriN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996