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Kelvin Kwok Lee

Social Security & Disability Attorney at San Marino, CA

4.9   10 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kelvin

Learn Kelvin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    Social Security Disability, Medical Disability, Public Assistance Benefits

    19 years, 300 cases

  2. Administrative law
    Professional Licensing (DMV, DRE), Public Sector Labor and Employment, Employee Discipline

    25 years, 500 cases



Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice

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Law Offices of Kelvin K. Lee
1455 San Marino Avenue
Suite D
San Marino, CA, 91108


4.9 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Claudia | March 4, 2015
A kind , honest and professional lawyer
Mr Lee is very honest , kind and professional lawyer. He is not the type of lawyer who will promise you to get the benefit but to honestly tell you what to expect after filing for a hearing for your case and give you the best solutions out of your situation. He even asked his colleagues about reasonable accommodation for me when I told him I would like to go back to work so that I know what to say to my employer and avoid any retaliation . I strongly recommend this lawyer if you are looking for a disability lawyer
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2015
Great attorney & wonderful guy
Mr. Lee was truly professional, always courteous & especially responsive and thorough in assisting me when my father was denied $1600 monthly social security benefits after my mother's passing in November 2014. Unfortunately we were not legally allowed those benefits after all, but I know from our correspondence and from SS that all legal and reasonable avenues were addressed and explored. I felt satisfied that we had made certain their denial was absolutely justified. We shall definitely contact Kelvin if legal issues present themselves in the future.
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Posted by Darlene | April 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
very well educated in his work of ethics’s and very honest with helping his client’s.
I truly appreciate all his help for helping me with my case and rate kelvin Lee ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Posted by Randy | July 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A kind and Honest Professional.
It has been a few years since my case was resolved. Kelvin was helpful the entire way. What I especially appreciated is that he did not sugarcoat the likelihoods. I was likely not his typical client and my case was very much an uphill battle. When he saw I was honest about my situation he helped me through all of the paperwork. He was familiar with every aspect and procedure from start to finish. If I had to go through the process again, I would absolutely choose to hire Mr. Lee again.
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Posted by Serena | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Social Security and Medi-Cal
I would like to thank Mr Lee for assisting me through a very difficult time I was having regarding my Social Security and Medi-Cal. I was referred to Mr Lee by a non-profit public service organization, San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, Certified by the State Bar Association of California. I needed legal guidance. I was overwhelmed by paperwork sent to me from Social Security and Medi-cal and how to organize and decipher what I needed to do. Mr Lee was very kind, showed me much patience, and was able to explain complex information in a way I could understand. Through his guidance and expertise, I had a better understanding of this information, and what to do to help myself for optimal outcomes. I would highly recommend Mr Lee, and feel extremely fortunate to have met him. Thank you Mr Lee.
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Posted by K | January 28, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation and Future Advice
Kelvin is very professional and he is very helpful and informational. I called him to explain our situation and he didn't throw a sales pitch at me, he told me some factual things about the next steps and what would happen, even though he is out of the area he still advised me as if he were representing me. If I lived in SoCal he would be one of my top picks depending on the case, but for Occupational Licenses and SSA and disability. Thank you Kelvin and your staff has great response time in contacting you as well as your reply within short notice!
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Posted by Maria | July 2, 2015
Regardless of the issue Mr. Lee is the best lawyer for it!
It was very helpful discussing my concern with Mr. Lee. He went out of his way to take care of the issue and provided me with the best solution in a very short time. He demonstrated that there is no job too small or too big for him to handle. I highly recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Maxi | June 25, 2015
The Best Attorney I have ever Known!
Attorney Kelvin Lee is by far hands down the best attorney I have ever met in my life and I have met many. My Father is a Chiropractor and I have seen him struggle with lawyers to help him in matter of his practice and with my own personal issues I have met many lawyers but none as passionate and professional as Attorney Kelvin Lee. I was blessed to find out about Kelvin Lee through another online review when I was researching the matter of obtaining a DMV Salesperson License after mine was denied through the DMV. Attorney Kelvin Lee was there for me and guided me through a life changing process in the Department of Motor Vehicle's appeal and approval of my Salesperson License. He led me through a very difficult journey. Kelvin supported me and taught me so much about the legal process and DMV procedures that I felt knowledgeable and confident in all the proceedings from the paperwork to the courtroom. Before I met Kelvin, I had just lost my job selling cars because my license was denied, I was frustrated, confused and didn't know what to do. With Kelvin's support and guidance, I got through that very difficult time and came out on top! I would recommend anyone dealing with a licensing issue or a social security/disability case to see Kelvin immediately. He will put you at ease from the minute you talk to him on the phone. Attorney Kelvin Lee is single-handedly the most devote, professional and sincerest attorneys I have ever met (And I've met many!) Without his help, I would not have made it to where I am today.
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Posted by Kin | March 10, 2015
Honest Man, Calm Lawyer
Mr. Kelvin Lee is someone that I will always recommend to friends and family simply because he does not waste your time and give you exact instructions on how to win the case without you expending too much of your time. He is very detailed oriented and updated me every step of the way. Before meeting Mr. Lee, I have always had a distrust of lawyers, thinking that they are money grabbers, but he proved to me that not all lawyers are created equal. His humble office may not seem as grand as others, but he is more than capable.
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Posted by Kathryn | July 2, 2015
Patience and understanding
He helped to update my brother's will/trust and worked to probate it when my brother passed away. When it became more complicated he referred me to a good specialist. I appreciated his patience with my brother who was elderly and not in good health.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Administrative Law Judge
  • California Department Of Social Services
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Staff Counse/Vertical Advocate
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Senior Staff Counsel
  • California Department of Real Estate
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Staff Counsel
  • California Department of Motor Vehicles
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Senior Attorney Advisor
  • United States Social Security Administration
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Staff Counsel
  • California Department of Social Services
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • California Teacher's Association
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Monica City Attorneys Office
  • 1989 - 1989
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  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • MA - Masters
  • 1990
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Vanna Luy before Social Security Administration
  • Favorable Disposition


  • Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Gabriel Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Overview of the California Bureau of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Licensing
  • 2015
  • Attorney Forum
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • 2014
  • Attorney Forum
  • Applying for Social Security Disability
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Kelvin
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kelvin's experience and dedication makes him a sought after attorney. Excellent writing skills"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Administrative law Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with Kelvin several times on various matters, and he has always been extremely helpful. His knowledge of administrative law is extensive, and he has a very kind and calm demeanor that I am confident his clients all appreciate."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kelvin Lee for more than 25 years, since our law school days at UCLA School of Law. As a former Administrative Law Judge and former government administrative law attorney, he is extremely knowledgeable in social security and administrative law matters. I have tremendous respect for his sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. He is a true asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelvin Lee is widely experienced in California administrative and licensing law. I first noted his exceptional professional skills some years ago when I was serving as a California Administrative Law Judge and he represented the CA Dept of Real Estate in hearings pertaining to appeals of license applications and DRE discipline for professional misconduct. Since that time, I have informally consulted with Mr Lee on a number of CA licensing and administrative law cases and I am always impressed by the depth of his analytic skills and professional knowledge. I know Mr Lee not only as highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced, but also as ethical, principled and wholly committed to delivering his absolute best for his clients. I would retain Mr Lee for a legal matter pertaining to myself or my family in a heartbeat, and he is on my short-short list of attorneys I confidently recommend to others."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer, Kelvin is a very hard working, highly ethical lawyer."
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