CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER EMERITUS
Sophia Lee handles complex commercial, constitutional, environmental, products liability, and mass and toxic tort litigation matters, and advises on environmental, governance, and other regulatory concerns. She represents a wide range of institutions, including public and privately-held companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies and officials.
As Blank Rome’s chief diversity and inclusion officer emeritus, Sophia has significant experience in directing the strategy and execution of diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) initiatives. She helps lead Blank Rome’s service capabilities in DEI and with environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) matters, advising clients on business-aligned and holistic approaches to advancing DEI and ESG objectives within their organizations.
Sophia represents energy companies in a range of litigation and regulatory matters. She has experience managing a national portfolio consisting of hundreds of toxic tort matters, including asbestos, benzene, silica, and NORM cases, and handling multidistrict litigation involving MTBE and asbestos. She has also managed government investigations and inquiries and is experienced in developing litigation and information management protocols.
DEI and ESG
Sophia counsels organizations on a range of DEI and ESG concerns, including designing and implementing strategic plans, advising boards of directors and executive leadership teams on strategic alignment and risk assessment, and providing customized leadership development and educational programs.
Sophia is a sought-after thought leader and speaker on matters concerning DEI, ESG, professional responsibility and ethics, and litigation and information management concerns for businesses and legal organizations. She teaches DEI in the Legal Profession as an adjunct professor of law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Sophia served as chief litigation counsel at Sunoco, Inc.; in the litigation department of an Am Law 100 firm; and as a federal judicial law clerk to the late Honorable James McGirr Kelly, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While in law school, she was an intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and served as a federal judicial clerkship clinical intern to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Sophia received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. and LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society.