Ji-In Lee Houck
Ji-In Lee Houck is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. She represents individuals and businesses in all types of lawsuits including employment, legal malpractice, and general business disputes. Client-focused and results-driven, Ji-In is a problem solver and a tireless advocate for her clients.
Ji-In grew up in Detroit and attended college at the University of Michigan. After living and working in Chicago, she moved to Washington DC to attend law school at Georgetown. While at Georgetown, Ji-In represented low-income DC youth in their juvenile delinquency actions and successfully first-chaired a trial to verdict as a student attorney. After graduation, Ji-In became an advocate for employees at a boutique employment litigation firm, helping her clients obtains millions in damages from employers. She then went to Steptoe & Johnson LLP where she was a general commercial litigator focusing on employment, professional liability, and business disputes. While at Steptoe, Ji-In represented some of the largest companies and law firms in the world in a variety of matters. She successfully first and second-chaired both jury and bench trials in state and federal court.
Ji-In is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Ji-In has litigated employment claims both against and on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. She was part of a team that represented Walmart in a groundbreaking wage and hour class action, and has defended claims of discrimination on behalf of other large companies such as Am Law 100 law firms, healthcare conglomerates, and clothing retailers. On the employee-side, Ji-In has represented scores of individuals – from those earning minimum wage to high-income earning executives – in their lawsuits against employers such as Bank of America, Best Buy, and Verizon.
Ji-In’s experience representing both employees and employers has given her a unique perspective and insight into all aspects of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases.
A significant part of Ji-In’s practice has been focused on legal malpractice matters. Ji-In has represented clients in a variety of these claims including those involving legal advice and representation on employment litigation, tax, licensing deals, and partnership dissolution.
Ji-In represents clients in all aspects of general commercial disputes from the filing of the complaint through trial. She’s handled a variety of lawsuits including those involving partnership disputes, real estate, collection issues, movie distribution rights, premises liability, misappropriation of likeness, fraud, and breach of contract.
Ji-In is committed to using her law license and trial experience to represent those in need and to better her community. Most recently, she represented a client in her lawsuit against former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and the Sheriff’s Department arising from allegations of abuse while incarcerated in the County’s jail. Ji-In second-chaired the jury trial on that matter to verdict in federal court, taking the examination of the County’s representative, a key adverse witness. Ji-In also serves as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where she serves as lead counsel in criminal jury trials on behalf of the People of the State of California.
- H.Y.C v. Hyatt Hotels Corporation, 2016 WL 107924 (D. Del. 2016). Represented a minor child in connection with a tragic drowning accident she suffered at the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa in Danang, Vietnam. Successfully defeated Hyatt’s motion to dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds, keeping the litigation in the Delaware district court, instead of forcing the family to bring an action in Vietnam.
- Shorter v. Baca et al., 101 F.Supp.3d 876 (C.D. Cal. 2015). Represented a pretrial detainee in the Los Angeles County Jails in a civil rights action against former Sheriff Leroy Baca and deputy sheriffs. Successfully defeated the County’s motion for summary judgment. Second-chaired jury trial in federal court to verdict.
- Represented real estate investment firm in lawsuit concerning a breach of contract regarding the bank selling a distressed promissory note secured by valuable real property to another buyer. Defeated the third-party buyer’s attempt to expunge a lis pendens on the real property and defeated the bank’s motion for summary judgment. Second-chaired bench trial in state court to verdict.
- Represented real estate developer in lawsuit regarding priority of liens on investment property.
- Defeated summary judgment in complex lawsuit between former partners in a television production business.
- Represented international film distributor in dispute against production company over rights to a major U.S. motion picture.
- Defended film and television talent against claims brought by a plaintiff claiming the talent owed her management fees.
- Defended Am Law 100 law firms against legal malpractice claims regarding conflicts of interest, licensing, tax advice, and business dissolution.
- Defended Walmart against wage and hour claims in class action lawsuit brought by California warehouse employees.
- Defended Am Law 100 law firm against disability discrimination claims brought by a former legal assistant.
- Represented scores of individuals in lawsuits against their former employers regarding claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, and other protected classes and activities in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American Disabilities Act (ADA), and public policy.