Olivia Serene Lee

Minami Tamaki LLP
Senior Associate

Immigration and Nationality Law

Olivia Serene Lee is a Senior Associate with Minami Tamaki LLP's Immigration Practice Group, where her expertise is on startups and emerging companies in a variety of non-immigrant and immigrant matters.

Specifically, Olivia advises clients on immigration matters related to all stages of the startup process, including pre-formation, seed funding, accelerator/incubator programs, early and late stage, acquisitions and mergers, and public offering. She has extensive experience providing guidance on E-3, H-1B, J-1, O-1, and TN non-immigrant issues, as well as EB-1 and AOS (green card) issues in relation to emerging companies.

In addition to her legal practice, Olivia has been active in professional and civic affairs. Since 2009, Olivia has served on the Advisory Council of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of Northern California. She is currently the Chair of AILA Northern California. Olivia has also met with Congressional offices in Washington, DC, and in the local San Francisco area to advocate for immigration reform. She also served as faculty on local and national AILA CLE panels on topics such as O-1s and H-1Bs, and spoke on a NAPABA panel in Arizona on the topic of immigration.

She was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Olivia received her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2008. She was admitted to the California Bar in 2008 and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

While in law school, Olivia worked as a law clerk for the Immigration Practice Group at Minami Tamaki LLP. She also participated in her law school's Immigration Appellate Practice and argued before the Ninth Circuit under her law professor's supervision. Olivia interned at the San Francisco Immigration Court, where she researched removal, deportation and asylum issues. She also volunteered on immigration cases involving domestic violence and human trafficking at the Asian Law Alliance.

Olivia explored race and law issues as a Research Assistant to Professor Margalynne Armstrong. She received the Witkin Award for Critical Race Theory and a scholarship from the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley. She also volunteered in New Orleans through the Student Hurricane Network in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008
B.A. and B.S., Asian American Studies; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis

California, 2008
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Executive Board Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area