W. John Lee focuses his practice on complex employment litigation, representing employers in class and collective actions across the United States involving allegations of race and gender discrimination, wage and hour claims, as well as challenges to employer background check practices. He also litigates claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, as well as state law whistleblower actions, in courts and before the US Department of Labor (DOL).
John has litigated in many jurisdictions, defending clients in a wide variety of single- and multi- plaintiff discrimination and harassment suits, as well as trade secret and unfair competition cases. Before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), he defends clients against charges of systemic issues such as pattern or practice claims and the use of criminal record checks.
In addition to litigating, John counsels clients about their day-to-day employment and workplace law concerns, including decisions regarding adverse employment actions, wage and hour issues, workplace privacy issues relating to email and Internet use, and compliance with state and federal employment laws. His practice also includes conducting annual compensation statistical analyses for clients.
A data-driven lawyer with a background in information technology, John works with statisticians and other experts to analyze large data sets in discrimination class actions and wage and hour matters. He has developed best practices for eDiscovery and forensic analysis of electronic data, and trains other lawyers and lectures at local law school classes on these topics.
With a strong commitment to pro bono work, John serves the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and sits on the board of the Education Law Center. He also represented a prisoner through a jury trial on a Section 1983 civil rights action.
John is the hiring partner for the Philadelphia office and chairs the Philadelphia office Recruiting Committee.
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2007, J.D., Cum Laude
University of Virginia, 2000, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Labor & Employment, Law360 (2017)
Recommended, Labor and employment - Labor and employment litigation disputes (including collective actions) - defense; Labor and employment - Workplace and employment counseling, The Legal 500 US (2017)