Expanding Our Impact - Soo Yeon Lee Joins Mauck & Baker

Mauck & Baker is happy to announce a new addition to our talented and skilled team of Christ-centered lawyers. Soo Yeon Lee has joined our firm as an of-counsel attorney.

Bringing many of her existing clients to the firm, Soo is using her connections in the Korean community to expand Mauck & Baker’s reach and impact. There are many Korean churches in Chicago and the United States, so Soo has started the process of translating the Mauck & Baker free Church Legal Checklist into Korean. This translation will allow us to better serve these communities.

Soo was a confident believer before coming to Mauck & Baker, but now feels that she can more openly combine her Christian faith with her work.

“I would like to make conscious efforts to possess more qualities of ‘the light’ as I enter the next chapter of my career. We are to be the salt of the earth but also the light of the world. I feel that fulfilling our responsibility of being the light is not an easy one, and it takes a serious commitment. By joining Mauck & Baker, who is so open about their mission and belief as Christians, I hope to have more natural opportunities to do this,” she said.

Soo concentrates her practice in the areas of general litigation, real estate and estate planning law. She has a wide range of litigation experience in contract disputes, real estate and property rights, estate and trust issues, various commercial transactions, construction, business torts, other tort claims, personal injury, employment, insurance, and claims for injunctive relief. She also provides counsel on a wide array of business issues well beyond the litigation setting.

Additionally, she represents sellers and buyers of commercial real estate and has extensive experience representing commercial landlords and tenants in leasing, negotiating retail, restaurant, office, shopping center, and industrial leases. She regularly counsels on various property ownership and management issues. In addition, Soo counsels on estate planning and business planning, spending a lot of time counseling business owners through complex issues that arise in business planning and business succession planning as well as their individual and family estate planning. She also counsels individuals and families on international (U.S. – South Korea) estate planning. As a lawyer who speaks the Korean language and knows the Korean culture well, she also plays the role of bridging the gap so that Korean businesses can effectively and successfully navigate the legal system.

Beyond her usual areas of practice, Soo is committed to public service through extensive pro bono work in, among others, the areas of consumer credit and insolvency issues, foreclosure, landlord/tenant law, guardianship and small claims. From 2009 to 2015, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for Korean American Community Services (now Hana Center), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering educational, legal, health and social services for the local community in Chicago. She also served as the Director of Pro Bono Legal Clinic of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA) from 2008 to 2012 and was an arbitration panelist in the Circuit Court of Cook County for several years. Currently she is a legal advisor to the Consulate General of South Korea in Chicago.

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