Kenneth Kiyul Lee

Hon. Kenneth Kiyul Lee

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Kenneth Kiyul Lee is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He was appointed in June 2019 and is based in San Diego, California. 

Prior to his appointment, he was a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block in Los Angeles. Judge Lee previously served as an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush and as Special Counsel to Senator Arlen Specter, then-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He started his legal career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

Judge Lee received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and his A.B. from Cornell University, summa cum laude.  He clerked for Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.