Choon Won Lee

Jipyong - South Korea


10th Floor, KT&G Seodaemun Tower, 60 Chungjeong-ro
Seoul, 120-020

+82 2 6200 1910

Distinguished Practitioner


South Korea

Practice area:


Principal practice areas/industry focus: Shipping & maritime, Aviation, Insurance/Reinsurance, International trade

Career highlights: CW Lee heads the shipping and maritime team at Jipyong. His expertise encompasses charter party disputes, cargo claims, collisions, fires/explosions, oil spillage, vessel arrests, ship sale/purchase disputes, international trade, insurance/reinsurance and aviation matters. Recently, his practice has focused more on contractual disputes involving ship funds, shipbuilding and the rehabilitation/bankruptcy of shipping companies.

During his professional career, Mr Lee has successfully handled numerous significant maritime cases, most notably the fire and explosion of the "Hyundai Fortune", which remains one of the largest-scale vessel casualty cases. Mr Lee represented the owners of the vessel and obtained dismissal of all claims and a nil-assessment decision in the limitation proceedings, which remains a landmark maritime decision in Korea. His aviation practice includes the representation of airline defendants in major airline accidents, including Asiana Airlines Flight OZ162 at Hiroshima airport in 2015, and Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 near the Java seas in 2014.

Mr Lee received his LLB from Seoul National University (1988) and his LLM from the University of Southampton, UK (2003).

Asialaw Distinguished Practitioner 2021 in Shipping