Michael K. Lee


Michael Lee is a Partner at Dilinh Legal with over fourteen years of experience in Vietnam. Before Dilinh, Michael worked at the Vietnam offices of top international and regional firms. He has extensive experience in many corporate matters, including real estate, M&A, life sciences, technology, and labor.

The clients Michael has advised include Alcon, Alibaba, Bayer, BlueScope Steel, Fruit of the Loom, Foster Wheeler, Gap, Gaw Capital, Groupon, GS Group, Henkel, Hong Kong Land, Hyosung Group, Indochina Land/Capital, Ipsen Pharma, JA Solar, JAS, Johnson & Johnson, Jones & Vining, Kenya Air, Kumho E&C, Levi’s, Marriott, Mayoly, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Microsoft, Nielsen, Rocket Internet, Sapa Group, Servier Pharma, Taisei Construction, Tencent, Toyota, UPS, VinaCapital, Werner, and Yggdrasil.


  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • LL.M., International Business, Washington College of Law, American University
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer – Vietnam


Legal 500

Individually ranked as an “Leading Individual” in the field of Corporate and M&A – Legal 500, 2014 through 2018 editions.

Testimonials by clients per Legal 500:

  • “Group head, Michael Lee, is singled out by clients for his M&A expertise.” – Legal 500, 2024 edition.

  • “Michael Lee has taken the time to understand our business and offer very timely and understandable advice.” – Legal 500, 2024 Edition quoting a client.

  • “Michael Lee has a very good understanding of how to circumnavigate the logjams and challenges posed by the legislative environment in Vietnam.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition quoting a client.

  • In relation to Labor and Employment “Michael Lee… recommended for contentious and non-contentious work.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition.

  • In relation to Real Estate and Construction, “Michael Lee…[is] well regarded.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition.

Chambers Asia

Individually ranked in the field of Corporate and M&A – Chambers Asia, 2015 through 2019 editions.

Testimonials by clients per Chambers Asia:

  • According to clients, Michael Lee of Dilinh Legal is ‘very responsive, straight to the point and pragmatic,’ as well as being ‘good at translating the intricacies and complexities of legal issues. He is especially well placed to handle corporate matters in the life sciences, real estate, and manufacturing sectors.” – Chambers Asia 2019.

  • “Practice co-head Michael Lee is singled out by interviewees as “a great partner” who “responds on time, gives very sound advice and handles the matters very well.” – Chambers Asia 2017.

Asia Law Business Law Journal – The A-List of Top 100 Vietnam Lawyers

  • On The A-List from 2019 through 2024.