Hwi Harold Lee is a Boston attorney who concentrates on transactions involving intellectual property (IP), data privacy and security, and information technology (IT). His practice includes the resolution of disputes through alternative channels and litigation.

Licensing and Transactions

Mr. Lee drafts and negotiates agreements and advises clients on a wide range of IP and IT matters, including software license agreements, development agreements, end user license agreements, services agreements, transitional services agreements, and reseller agreements. His experience also includes performing IP diligence in connection with various merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions.

Mr. Lee's recent representative matters include serving as lead associate:

  • responsible for drafting technology and trademarks license agreements on a matter representing a multinational manufacturer of energy products
  • responsible for drafting transition services agreements, due diligence memoranda and IP assignment agreements, and otherwise providing advice regarding IP issues in connection with numerous M&A transactions
  • responsible for representing a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions in an international transaction with an overseas company
  • responsible for negotiating various master service agreements and subscription agreements, including for an identity and access management platform, on matters representing a real estate private equity firm
  • responsible for drafting exclusive software license agreements in various transactions, including those involving telecommunications and real estate technology companies
  • responsible for drafting a commercial supply agreement for a manufacturer of cGMP and other biopharmaceutical products
  • responsible for drafting data sharing agreements for a national nonprofit organization.

Privacy and Information Security

Mr. Lee has extensive experience in assisting clients with regulatory compliance for data privacy, including in connection with U.S. federal and state laws as well as European Union (EU) directives and regulations. These include the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Mr. Lee also advises clients on best practices in information security, including in connection with responding to security incidents in compliance with state breach notification laws.

His recent representative matters include serving as lead associate:

  • responsible for providing privacy compliance advice to clients in a variety of industries, including educational institutes, startups, multinational corporations and a renowned public figure
  • responsible for drafting website terms of use, privacy policies and cookies policies for a wide range of clients, including public entities and developers of software platforms and mobile apps
  • representing a nationwide insurance provider and other organizations in connection with responding to data security incidents

Electronic Signatures and Remote Online Notarization

Mr. Lee advises private and public institutions relating to compliance with federal and state requirements for electronic signatures and remote online notarizations, including the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), and New York's Electronic Signatures and Records Act (ESRA), including in connection with implementing e-commerce practices.

His recent representative matters include:

  • serving as lead associate responsible for providing advice under ESIGN, UETA and various state laws to a major commercial bank and a public utility company in connection with adopting electronic signatures
  • assisting in compiling a 50-state survey on permissibility of remote online notarization and compliance requirements on behalf of a multinational investment bank and financial services company


Mr. Lee assists clients in various aspects of public procurements, including preparing procurement documents such as contract terms and technical specifications. Mr. Lee's procurement experience includes matters involving advertising technology, software development and licensing, fare payment, and operations and maintenance.

His recent representative matters include serving as lead associate:

  • responsible for drafting sections related to data privacy and security in connection with a public-private partnership procurement to modernize a major transportation agency's advertising system
  • responsible for drafting and negotiating service and license agreements on behalf of a multinational rail company in connection with its implementation of a positive train control safety system

Community Involvement

Mr. Lee regularly provides pro bono advice to low-income families and individuals, including assistance in eviction cases, as well as to various nonprofit organizations in connection with a wide range of IP matters.

Representative Experience


  • Boston College Law School, J.D.
  • Binghamton University, M.A., Biology
  • Binghamton University, B.A., Biology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award, 2017-2019
  • Senior Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
  • Managing Editor, Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Korean


Speaking Engagements