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Ernest J. Lee

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   81 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ernest

Learn Ernest’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    We provide criminal defense for all types of matters, especially DUI, domestic violence and possession of drugs cases. In addition, we have recently invested significant resources in augmenting our criminal defense practice so that we would be, and are, better equipped to protect you, your rights and your freedoms.

    18 years, 915 cases

  2. Personal injury
    13%
    Our personal injury relief provides cash awards for medical care to compensate you for your loss earnings and other financial losses due to injury caused by the actions of others.

    21 years, 100 cases

  3. Class action
    2%
    The Lee Law Group is developing some interesting consumer protection class action cases. Class actions allow us to protect the greatest number of consumers in the least amount of time. Contact us if you believe you may have a class action case.

    5 years, 1 case

 

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

 

Location

Ernest Lee
2878 Camino del Rio South
Suite 400
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Posted by Tay | November 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lee Law Group
Mr. Lee and his team are the absolute best, they are very timely and hardworking. Not matter what, they have your back and fight hard for you. Thank you for everything Lee Law Group!
Posted by Tony | November 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best law office I have ever called
I live in Northern California and I had a serious case in San Diego Court, I was extremely nervous and stressed, I was googling and searching for an attorney. A friend of mine told me about Lee law office and I called them. (Don't forget I was stressed and extremely scared,) as soon as I talked to Mr. Lee he comforted me and told me "not to worry, and he will handle it" I really didn't think he was going to do exactly what he told me, but he went above and beyond what he told me, he handled my situation to perfection and made my serious case disappear. I am forever grateful to him and his office. I will only be using this office for any future cases and legal need. Thank you again and forever I am grateful.
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Posted by Christian | November 15, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
An honest, caring, and wonderful lawyer
After making a bad decision landed me in trouble with the court of San Diego, the best decision I could've ever made was calling Lee Law Group for their services. While other law groups I called sounded condescending towards me and wanted to charge a ridiculous amount, Ernest Lee returned my call and was nothing but sincere, understanding, and results driven all for a reasonable price. Ernest Lee and Jeremiah Elias were incredibly helpful in helping me understand my options thoroughly, as well as getting the absolute best results for me that I could've ever hoped for. I still struggle to think of what could have been if I hadn't enlisted the help of their law group to get me through my case. Ernest, Jeremiah, if you are reading this I can not thank you enough for all your help that you provided in the year it took for my case to get closed, as well as the help I needed in the months following my case being closed. I plan on never needing an attorney or lawyer in the future, but if I ever do need someone trustworthy and extremely helpful, I know exactly who to call! Thank you so much for your incredible work!! -Christian B
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Posted by Lashonda | September 23, 2023
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EXCELLENT SERVICE
Finding out in such short notice I was in a bad situation I need a lawyer immediately not knowing who to call he happens to be the first one I called something in his voice made me interested so I decided to discuss my situation and from then on out they have been nothing but good loyal people.... I recommend Ernest Lee and his team to anybody not only are they Fair but honest and reasonable... I just want to thank Ernest and his team for helping me put my life back on track....... Sincerely from the bottom of my heart..... Lashonda Mize
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Posted by Jonathan | July 26, 2023
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Another satisfied customer
I worked with Lee Law group for an expungement of my DUI that happened 13yrs ago. They were able to help me with this and they had done so in a timely manner. I am grateful for their services and for the relief they have provided me.
Posted by Joshua | July 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Team
The firm was incredibly helpful in helping me navigate my case and were always there to assist me with whatever questions or doubts I had. Highly recommend
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2023
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Life Saver!
Ernest Lee helped me through a crisis situation and the results were phenomenal. Both Mr. Lee and his team were very professional and amazing with communication. You are in good hands with him!
Posted by Dam | February 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
Ernest was courteous and professional and handled my case promptly. I was updated all along the way. My record seal had a favorable outcome.
Posted by Sandra | December 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely happy with their service
I found Ernest J. Lee when I needed immediate representation. He answered my call and assisted me immediately, worked with me on a payment plan and promised everything would be ok. Everything he said would happen, happened. I am free because of him. He was highly professional and treated me with dignity. He made me feel I could count on him and he did not fail me. Hire him!!!
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Posted by Danilo | October 4, 2022
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I recommend Mr. Ernest Lee
Mr. Lee is professional and gets the job done. His price is fair for all the work he does for you and your future. Communication is key and he does that very well. Keeps you informed and updated throughout the case. I would definitely recommend Ernest Lee.
Posted by Kevin | July 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate, Relentless, Supportive, Responsive, Professional
Mr. Lee and his amazing team are an absolute godsend and needless to say, I most certainly would recommend his excellent services to anyone needing a DUI and Criminal Defense attorney. Mr. Lee and his team went above and beyond to represent me for my case and we're extremely supportive, communicative, committed, and professional throughout entirety of my case. In addition, Mr. Lee and his team were relentless in fighting for the best outcome for my case and it most notably proved that he genuinely cares for all of his clients including myself to the fullest extent. Words cannot describe how thankful and appreciative I am for Mr. Lee and his team for all that they have done for me and continue to do for me.
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Posted by Hamza | July 19, 2022
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No lawyer better than Mr.Lee
I don’t do many reviews but this one had to be done for the amount of work Mr. Lee & his team put in. I was charged with a very serious traffic offense. I was extremely worried & not sure what will happen. I luckily found Lee law group and Lee came to the rescue. He helped me since day 1. He always kept me up to date, explained every part of the process clearly, and worked extremely hard to on my case. I’m happy to say I’m more than amazed with the results he was able to pull off. I highly recommend if you truly need an expertise help with the best results out there to call Mr. Lee. Not to mention his affordable fee for the fantastic work he puts in. Thank you Lee. It’s been a pleasure !
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Posted by Clinton | February 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I would recommend Mr. Ernest Lee to my closest friends. If you are looking for a lawyer that knows the law and actually cares look no further, Mr. Lee is the man! I needed to travel out of state for my fathers funeral while on probations. While on probation you are not able to leave the sate without permission. Mr.Lee took care of the courts, while I took care of my father. I couldn't have done it without him. I am very satisfied with the results. Thank you so much Ernest!!
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Posted by Dianna | January 28, 2022
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Best Lawyer Ever
I consulted with multiple criminal defense lawyers but once I spoke to to Ernest Lee, I knew he was going to be the lawyer we move forward with. He was honest, helpful, and responsive. This man cares about his potential clients and current clients. He constantly worked hard on our case and constantly reached out to us with updates. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Most passionate, dedicated, efficient and professional person you will ever meet. Choosing him to handle our case was one of the most best decisions we have ever made! Have one conversation with this man and I promise you, you will understand my review.
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Posted by Jose Cervantes | December 19, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Great help
Jose Luis Cervantes Jose Luis Cervantes 1 review 2 minutes agoNEW Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value Well I spoke with mr Lee on the phone and he was super helpful and made my situation alot simpler than I thought it would be so thank you and God bless you
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and Truthful Attorney
I live in Idaho and I had hired Mr. Lee to reduce and expunged a felony I had recieved in California when I was younger. I had consulted Mr Lee a few years back when Prop 47 was voter for in California. I talked to Mr Lee about prices and it took me a few months to decide on following through on the process. When I called him back a few months later he honored the same price he had given me 5 months earlier. Trully an honest attorney.
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Posted by Mario | August 26, 2021
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Mr Mario Almaguer
I am greatly satisfied with Mr Lee's services. He really has passion for his profession He really cares for his clients. Highly recommend.
Posted by Beatriz | July 7, 2021
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Real life guardian angel lawyer
I hired Attorney Ernest Lee for a case of mine and he took initiative right away. He was very supportive, helpful and gave honest professional advice. As well as keeping me up to date and checking up on me. I definitely recommend him if you need an attorney regarding DUI cases, or anything of the sort. I couldn't be more thankful for Mr. Lee, thanks a bunch! Super happy with the cases' outcome, and I will for sure be hiring him if I need an attorney in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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The Best!
Lee law group was amazing. They was able to get my DV case thrown out. They always kept me informed on what was going on and things i should do. If you need A great law firm i HIGHLY Recommend Lee law group amazing!
Posted by Justin | May 29, 2021
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LEE LAW GROUP
Ernest and Natalie are the absolute best legal representation you can get. They are both extremely knowledgeable attorneys that hand tailor a personalized strategy based on your specific needs. Incredible attention to every detail and they are never to busy to have a phone call and discuss any of your concerns. If you are in need of the best you should definitely use the Lee Law Group!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-600 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Pro bono 2 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder, Chief Counsel
  • LEE LAW GROUP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Simpson & Brenner
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Founder, Counsel
  • Ernest Lee & Associates
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Martorella & Associates
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Clerk
  • US District Court, E. District Missouri
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Missouri
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • San Diego Consumer Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney, Semi-finalist
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Ernest
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ernest Lee is a great lawyer. He works hard on every case, and is well respected by his peers, opposing counsel, and the judges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ernest for several years now. Ernest is a very hard - working attorney and is always trying to find ways to help his clients. We have had many great discussions about the law and ways we can serve our clients better. Ernest is a stand-up guy, a friendly guy, and a great advocate for his clients as well as a great friend. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ernest for several years now and have seen him in action many times. Ernest is always prepared, thorough, and zealous in his representation of his clients. He has been of invaluable assistance to me a number of times in the past and he never hesitates to help. You are in good hands indeed if Ernest is in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ernest is caring, fair, and professional. Absolutely loved working with him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ernest is a tremendous attorney. Resourceful, diligent, and cares deeply about his clients. That is a heck of a combination! Any client will be happy to have Ernest as their counsel. I have no reservations in endorsing Ernest!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with and for Mr. Lee on many matters over the last year. He really is a true professional whose number one priority is always his clients. I have the upmost respect for him as an attorney and as a person."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ernest now for a couple of years and every time I see him in Court, he is fighting for his client! I cannot say that about all attorney's and have a huge amount of respect for his willingness to fight and knowledge of the law. He will work relentlessy to get his client the best possible deal! I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A true professional. Zealously advocates for his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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