Bernice Lee is Of Counsel at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. For over a decade, Bernice has concentrated her practice on business bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation. She has extensive experience addressing complicated legal issues with business reorganizations, liquidations, debtor-in-possession financing, bankruptcy sales, appeals, fraudulent and preference transfer actions, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. She regularly represents debtors, trustees, secured lenders, trade creditors and landlords, and has represented numerous companies who have successfully emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Bernice was recognized as a top-rated bankruptcy lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2019 through 2021, and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2015 through 2018. She was selected to be a member of the 2019 Class of the National Pacific American Bar Association Leadership Advancement Program, 2016 NextGeneration Class of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and Class IV of the Florida Bar, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy. Bernice has held key positions in legal and civic organizations including President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, Director of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation, Director of the South Palm Beach County Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and Board Member of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale. She is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of South Florida and International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

Bernice received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and B.A. from California State University Fullerton. While in law school, she held internships with U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young for the District of Massachusetts, the Office of the General Counsel for National Public Radio in Washington, DC, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and a Boston law firm. She was also a teaching and research assistant for a contracts and corporations professor. Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Bernice was a partner at a local boutique law firm and clerked for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Paul G. Hyman for the Southern District of Florida.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am passionate about the law. I love developing and executing legal strategies to solve problems and deliver great results. The practice of bankruptcy law is a dynamic combination of litigation, negotiation, and collaboration. My dedication to community and growth extends to my many years of service on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, and a decade-long yoga practice.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

  • Panelist, Notable Recent Supreme Court Bankruptcy Cases – Bankruptcy Bar Association of South Florida’s Brown Bag Series (June 27, 2018)