Bernice Lee is Of Counsel at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and focuses her practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial matters.  Since entering private practice in 2009, she has successfully addressed numerous complex issues stemming from business and individual insolvencies, including chapter 11 reorganizations, debtor-in-possession financing, bankruptcy sales, bankruptcy appeals, and fraudulent and preference transfers.  Bernice has extensive experience as lead counsel for various matters and evidentiary hearings, as well as arguing contested motions before bankruptcy and district courts.  She also has considerable experience drafting complex settlement agreements, chapter 11 plans, substantive motions, memoranda and proposed opinion memoranda.

Bernice earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton.  While in law school, she was a teaching and research assistant, and held internships with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under Judge William G. Young, National Public Radio’s Office of the General Counsel, and a Boston law firm.  Before entering private practice, she also clerked for Chief Judge Paul G. Hyman of West Palm Beach serving the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bernice has held key memberships in professional, legal and civic organizations including serving as President and Director for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, Director of the South Palm Beach County Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and a Board Member of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale.  She is also 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, Class IV of the Florida Bar, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, and the Bankruptcy Bar Association of South Florida.  She was recognized by Super Lawyers in 2019 and 2020, and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2015 through 2018.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am passionate about the law.  I love applying my experience, training, and energy to develop strategies to deliver a great result. The insolvency law practice is a dynamic combination of litigation, collaboration and negotiation, and involves many other substantive fields. My commitment to 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)