Ever since Attorney Seoyon Stephanie Lee became an attorney in California, she has been successfully helping her clients in immigration, family law and estate planning.
Ms. Lee is a certified mediator. She has been mediating numerous family matters at Orange County Family Court as a senior mediator. She’s been successfully handling cases including property division, child custody, child support, spousal support and domestic violence. Ms. Lee also assists couples in estate planning after divorce.
Currently, many judges at the court recognize mediation as the best alternative dispute resolution for the family matters since mediation can help resolve family issues amicably and peacefully. However, divorcing couples are not used to this process and don’t recognize how it works. Accordingly, many judges endeavor to educate and encourage them to participate in mediation.
Upon graduating Loyola Law School in 2001, Ms. Lee immediately passed the California Bar. She was listed in Dean’s Honor during the law school. She also externed at the Probate Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel. She’s been serving her clients in Southern California ever since then.
Fluent in both English and Korean, recently she worked at the District Attorney’s Office in OC and was assigned to the Juvenile Court under the Trial Attorney Program. There she witnesses that most juvenile delinquents come from dysfunctional families, especially in single parents where father figures are absent. She realizes that divorce must be prevented; if inevitable, it must be done peacefully minimizing the damage to the kids as much as possible. The couples can control their divorce through mediation. They shouldn’t let the court control their cases and destine their lives by someone who doesn’t know their families well enough. The couples can remain as friends not as enemies through the mediation process.
During her law school, Ms. Lee externed in LA County Counsel, Probate Division. Ms. Lee noticed that unlike other countries including Korea, people must go through probate if you die without living trusts or any alternative estate planning. Ms. Lee can help you set up a living trust or plan with you to preserve your estate and avoid unnecessary probate and its legal fees.
Ms. Lee agrees that divorce is not the best option. The couples can resolve their family disputes through marital mediation and reach their own agreement during their marriage. Ms. Lee is also interested in the biblical counseling and currently studying the family counseling and therapy courses.
- Senior Mediator, Orange County Family Court, DRPA Certified Mediator
- District Attorney’s Office, Orange County, assigned to Juvenile Court under TAP (Trial Attorney Program)
- Legal Extern, Probate Division of the Los Angeles County Counsel
Trainings and Education
- Collaborative Practice Training, 2016 from Collaborative Practice in California
- “Mediating differently: Using Restorative Practices to Improve Our Communities” OC Mediation Conference
- Divorce Mediation Training from OCHR
- Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Training from Dr. Rex E. Johnson, Biola University
- Loyola Law School, JD, 2001 (Dean’s Honor, Loyola Law Review Staff Writer)
- Paralegal at JAG, US Army (Distinguished Honor Graduate, Adjutant General School of U.S. Army)
Memberships and Affiliations (Past and Present)
- Orange County Bar Association, Family Law, Trusts & Estates
- OC Korean American Bar Association, Board Member, Pro Bono Coordinator
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
- State Bar of CA, Trusts & Estates
Honors and Awards
- Scholarship Award from Collaborative Practice in California
- Scholarship Award from Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award: State Bar of California’s Board of Governors
- Certificate of Appreciation from Dispute Resolution Program Act Mediation Program
- Pro Bono Service Awards from OCKABA
- Certificate of Appreciation from OCBA
- Certificate of Appreciation from Superior Court of California