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About Thomas R. Lee

Thomas R. Lee

Thomas R. Lee was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court by Governor Gary Herbert in July 2010.

He currently serves as Associate Chief Justice and as a member of the Utah Judicial Council. He also chaired the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and Civility during a time in which the court promulgated Standards of Professionalism and Civility for judges in Utah. Justice Lee is a graduate, with high honors, of the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then for Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. Justice Lee then joined the law firm now known as Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless, where he became a shareholder. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Lee was a full-time professor at the law school at Brigham Young University, where he continues to serve as Distinguished Lecturer. During his years as a full-time law professor, he maintained a part-time intellectual property litigation practice with Howard, Phillips, & Andersen. He also developed a part-time appellate practice, arguing numerous cases in federal courts throughout the country and in the United States Supreme Court. In 2004 – 05, Justice Lee served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.