Throughout his over 25-year legal career, Lee Applebaum has worked with regional and national clients on a broad spectrum of business and litigation matters encompassing a wide range of commercial disputes, condominium matters, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, real estate, construction, products liability, non-competes, trucking cases, among others. He is also active as a mediator for a wide range of matters.
Lee has also been a Judge Pro Tem with Philadelphia's Commerce Court since 2006, and has expanded his practice to include service as a mediator and arbitrator.
Lee has practiced at the trial level in state and federal courts, and he has extensive experience in private commercial arbitration. His work also includes appellate practice before Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Supreme Courts and intermediate appellate courts, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
He is widely published on a number of legal topics, including the critical relationship between lawyers and their clients. Lee is locally and nationally recognized as one of the leaders in promoting the development of specialized business courts in the United States, and is among only a handful of lawyers honored as a charter member of the American College of Business Court Judges.
- Represented a Condominium Association Board before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, successfully arguing that the board’s decision should be governed by the Business Judgment Rule. The board’s decision on the allocation of parking spaces had been set aside by the intermediate appellate court. On appeal, Lee successfully argued that the board’s decision should be subject to the Business Judgment Rule, respecting the board’s function in decision making.