Skip to main content
Christina Heakyung Lee

Christina Heakyung Lee

About me

Ms. Lee is a founding partner at Becker& Lee LLP. She received her law degree, Juris Doctor, from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 2003, and her university degree, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1999.

Ms. Lee has worked with three immigration law firms in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on all areas of immigration law. She has represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit. She has also represented many clients in Federal District Court filing mandamus lawsuits against the U.S. government. Including removal defense, Ms. Lee has experience in asylum, employment based immigration, family based immigration, naturalization applications, hardship and criminal waivers, consular processing, and representing victims of abuse, crimes and human trafficking.

Ms. Lee served on the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) Northern California Council from 2005 to 2011—where she was the Young Lawyer's Division co-coordinator and then the Advocacy co-coordinator where she organized local and national meetings with Congressional representatives to advocate for immigration reform. She is currently a council member of the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic Alumni Council (ILCAC).

Ms. Lee is a mentor attorney for the pro bono asylum program of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), and a volunteer attorney with Centro Legal de la Raza, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Asian Law Caucus.

During the summer of 2001, Ms. Lee studied international human rights law at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France and interned at the World Organization Against Torture in Geneva. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a community advocate at the Asian Law Caucus, a legal services organization in San Francisco. Ms. Lee is the daughter of Korean immigrants - she is fluent in conversational Korean.


Languages spoken: Korean

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    12 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • No photo

    I have worked with Christina in various capacities and unequivocally endorse her as an excellent attorney. She is compassionate, sharp, and ethical. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs quality representation in an immigration matter.


    Cecily Clements Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Veronica Ann Benigno Guinto

    I endorse this lawyer. Christina is great. She's very knowledgeable, experienced, innovative, and ethical. I've seen her approach novel issues by making creative arguments. When necessary, she can definitely think outside of the box to come up with sensible and persuasive arguments. She is a great advocate to have by your side in and/or out of the courtroom.


    Veronica Guinto Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Becker & Lee LLP

220 Sansome Street.
Suite. 1000
San Francisco, CA, 94104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLitwin & Associates2006 - 2009
AttorneySchoenleber & Waltermire, P.C.2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California chapter)Co-Liasion for EOIR2013 - Present
American Immigration Law FoundationAILA Norcal Local Committee2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAILA Norcal Advocacy Co-Coordinator2004 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dighero-Castaneda v. NapolitanoHabeas Granted
See all legal cases 
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Barnard College, Columbia UniversityPolitical EconomyBA1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Greencard for Same Sex CouplesDOMA and Immigration2013