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Stephen C. Lee


333 West Wacker Drive
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60606

Stephen's experience as a federal prosecutor has equipped him with cutting-edge insight into the government’s use of analytics to drive its investigations. For almost two decades, Stephen has handled complex cases both as a federal prosecutor in Chicago and as a white-collar criminal defense attorney representing large companies managing investigations. This enables Stephen to provide current perspective on solving today’s problems and avoiding tomorrow’s.

Based upon expertise obtained from successfully litigating dozens of trials and appeals on behalf of the U.S., including appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, Stephen’s perspective cannot be matched. Coupled with his proven ability to analyze and use data to simplify complex investigations, Stephen is able to provide an unmatched understanding. Stephen knows the government playbook because he helped in its development.

Select examples of matters handled by Stephen include:

  • Representing the U.S. in multiple fraud cases involving CEOs and owners accused of fraud, kickback and obstruction charges, including a case involving one of the largest hospices in Illinois.
  • Representing the U.S. in multiple trials involving the Anti-Kickback Statute, including one that resulted in a Seventh Circuit opinion clarifying some aspects of the law.
  • Representing the U.S. in cases and investigations involving Ponzi schemes, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and securities fraud.
  • Representing the U.S. in multiple trials involving licensed medical professionals, including a case that was named the National Healthcare Antifraud Association’s 2018 SIRIS Investigation of the Year.
  • Representing the U.S. in the successful prosecution of a drug case despite a defense witness committing perjury, and then helping defend the conviction before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Representing a large law firm that was under investigation for a partner’s involvement in tax fraud.
  • Representing the audit committee of a Fortune Global 500 company in one of the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations ever.
  • Conducting an internal investigation of the bishop of a Catholic diocese who was accused of sexual misconduct spanning decades.

Stephen has also advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Illinois Task Force to Eliminate Health Care Fraud, and other entities on identifying ways to address fraud, waste and abuse. Stephen even helped Medicare design and implement a new program that has saved millions of dollars and that is being replicated around the country. These insights are invaluable to clients who appreciate the value of avoiding, rather than solving, problems.

Building off of his experience as a reporter in the 1990s, Stephen has written and spoken widely to help educate on legal matters. In the early 2000s, he designed and ran the website “FootnoteTV,” which explained the legal realities and inspirations behind popular TV shows. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was asked by Medicare to give a 2017 Medicare Open Door Forum for the public on one type of health care fraud; appeared on CNBC’s American Greed program; and trained other prosecutors about using data in their investigations. As Senior Counsel to his office’s health care fraud unit, he wrote “How to Build a Smoking Gun,” an article for the Department of Justice about using data and summary charts more effectively in fraud cases.

Stephen also gained notoriety in a completely non-legal context when, back in 2013, he was featured on one of This American Life’s most popular episodes, “No Coincidence, No Story.”

*Admitted to practice in New York only. Not yet admitted to practice in Illinois.


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2000
  • B.A., Yale University, 1995

Bar Admissions

New York