Cecilia Lee began the practice of law in 1986 in Portland, Oregon as an appellate lawyer with the law firm of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Committed to written and oral advocacy, Cecilia translated the skills she acquired as an appellate lawyer to the practice of bankruptcy and commercial law in Reno, Nevada starting in 1988. Since beginning her practice in Reno, Cecilia has had a long history of success for a diverse client base, including businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities and individuals. Cecilia prides herself on providing cost-conscious solutions that address each client’s particular needs in each case.

Cecilia has represented clients in all primary aspects of bankruptcy practice, including debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees and trustees in chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13. She has represented clients in bankruptcy adversary proceedings and all aspects of bankruptcy appeals, including to the United States Supreme Court. Cecilia practices in Nevada courts on receiverships, collection matters, evictions and other litigation related to debtor-creditor relations. She also represents businesses and individuals on general business matters.

A 1980 graduate of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Biology, Cecilia received a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1982 before enrolling in Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Cecilia graduated in the top 15 percent of her class at Willamette in 1986, receiving High Papers in Ethics, Products Liability and Land Use Planning. She served as an Associate Editor of the Willamette Law Review for two years and began arguing cases while in law school to the federal and state courts in Oregon.

In 2002, Cecilia was certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification and has been recognized as a business bankruptcy specialist in the state of Nevada since that time.  Cecilia is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  She is recognized by Best Lawyers’ peer review as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021 in the practice area of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law in Reno.  US News & World Report ranks Lee High, Ltd. as a Tier 1 best law firm for bankruptcy, creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.   Cecilia is also named in the Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, Cecilia joined the faculty of Willamette University College of Law as an adjunct professor of consumer and business bankruptcy law and reorganizations, a position she held for three academic years.  Since 2012, Cecilia has been a member of Willamette College of Law’s leadership council to the Dean of the Law School.  Cecilia served on American Bankruptcy Institute’s award-winning Committee on Consumer Bankruptcy Law from 2014-2018. In addition, Cecilia publishes and lectures frequently on various aspects of business and bankruptcy law.

Cecilia is a former marathon runner.  She currently prefers hiking, backpacking and fly fishing throughout the West and particularly in Nevada’s many mountain ranges, which served as the inspiration for her first book, A is for Antelope: The Alphabet of Nevada’s High Desert Basin and Range (2017).  While in college, Cecilia studied the cello with Orlando Cole (1908-2010), cello professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is currently a member of the Susanville Symphony Orchestra.

Cecilia can be reached at c.lee@lee-high.com.