Overview

Practice Areas

Litigation  •   Securities Enforcement  •   White Collar Defense & Investigations  •  

Industry Experience

Banking & Finance  •   Cannabis Law  •   Privacy & Data Security  •  

Lee Vartan is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier criminal defense and trial attorneys. He regularly represents individuals and companies in high-stakes investigations and prosecutions in New Jersey, New York, and throughout the country.

Lee has deep connections in New Jersey – having previously served as a federal prosecutor in Newark; in the governor’s office as counsel to the governor; and, most recently, as the second highest-ranking official in the attorney general’s office, where he had oversight of the largest civil, criminal, and consumer-related investigations and prosecutions in the state. Lee draws upon his experience as a federal and state prosecutor, as well as his many relationships, to consistently achieve outstanding results for his clients. He is also a fierce and accomplished trial lawyer, having successfully prosecuted and defended nearly a dozen criminal jury trials in federal and state courts.

Lee regularly has matters with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, as well as other offices throughout the country.  He also has active matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and other attorney general offices throughout the country.

Because of Lee’s extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts, he also maintains an active civil litigation practice – having served as lead trial counsel for one of the country’s largest utility companies in a construction defect case in federal court, lead trial counsel for a debt relief company in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action in federal court, and lead trial counsel for an internationally renowned fashion designer in New York Supreme Court.

Previously, the State of New Jersey selected Lee to serve as the trustee for Eldorado Resorts, Inc.’s $1.85 billion acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment Inc. in Atlantic City. In that role, Lee monitored the day-to-day operations of Eldorado Resorts in Atlantic City while the State investigated the company for casino licensure.

Lee is also co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Team. While serving in the attorney general’s office, Lee was responsible for helping to author the regulations for New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) and vetting and approving applicants for licensure. He has used that experience to guide and position cannabis companies from across the country for entry into New Jersey’s burgeoning market.

Lee is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School where he taught a course on federal criminal practice and cybercrimes. He is regularly quoted in BloombergThe Associated PressThe Star-Ledger, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications, on criminal prosecutions and criminal practice.

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Honors

  • Included in Chambers USA, New Jersey Litigation: White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations (2018-2024); Nationwide: Eastern US – Cannabis Law (2021-2024)
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2020-2024)
  • Included in InsiderNJ, Insider 100: Cannabis Power List (2021)
  • Included in The National Law Journal, Cannabis Law Trailblazer (2020)

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Involvement

  • Acenda Integrated Health, Board Member
  • Mercury, Advisory Board

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
  • Princeton University (B.A., cum laude, 2000)

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Overview

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