Paul Lee has received the Race, Equity & Business Award from the Boston Business Journal. The award recognizes leaders in the region whose work embraces change and who stand out as innovators focused on equity.
A retired partner in Goodwin’s Boston office, Lee had over 35 years of experience advising boards of directors and representing large and small public and privately held companies in connection with business, securities and M&A transactional matters.
“Paul’s unwavering commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion has made him a trailblazing figure in Boston and across the country,” said Rob Insolia, Goodwin’s Chairman. “This award is a fitting tribute to Paul’s inspired leadership, impassioned advocacy and determined pursuit of justice. For well over 40 years, his innumerable contributions have positively impacted our firm, community and profession. On behalf of my colleagues at Goodwin, I congratulate Paul on receiving this year’s Race, Equity & Business Award from the Boston Business Journal.”
Lee has served on the American Bar Association Board of Governors and is a 2007 recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. He has also served as a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. In August 2009 he was named a NAAAP 100 leader by the National Association of Asian American Professionals and received the Good Guys Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. In 2013, Lee was the first individual to receive the Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Boston Bar Association.
Lee is a member of the Board of The Boston Foundation, the Conservation Law Foundation and WGBH. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C., a leading national AAPI civil rights organization, and in Boston, he is a past Chair of the Massachusetts Asian American Committee and current Board President for the Asian Community Development Corporation. Lee has also served as a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He is a founder and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Asian Community Fund at The Boston Foundation and the Asian Business Empowerment Council.
Lee and the other recipients of this year’s Race, Equity and Business Award will be honored at a luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel on September 23.