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Lee Popkin

Proskauer Rose LLP

Lee Popkin is a trial lawyer in Proskauer’s Litigation Department and co-head of the firm’s Product Liability Group. Lee represents clients in a wide range of industries in high-stakes trials in state and federal courts throughout the country. Lee’s experience includes developing case themes, examining expert and fact witnesses at trial, preparing key witnesses for deposition and trial, taking and defending expert depositions, and drafting and arguing case-dispositive motions.

Lee was named Young Lawyer of the Year (Litigation) by The American Lawyer for 2022, shortlisted for Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law awards, recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, listed by Chambers USA for commercial litigation, and included on the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list.


U.S. District Court, Louisiana, Eastern District – Hon. Sarah S. Vance


Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude

Princeton University, A.B., cum laude

Lee’s notable representations and victories include:

Stephens v. Monsanto. Trial counsel to Monsanto in a product liability action relating to the company’s weedkiller, Roundup, and its alleged link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a five-month trial, the California jury returned a complete defense verdict on all claims.

Awards & Recognition

  • Chambers USA: New York: Commercial Litigation: Up & Coming 2022-2023
  • Benchmark Litigation Future Star 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021-2023
  • The American Lawyer: Industry Awards: Young Lawyer of the Year 2022
  • The Legal 500 US Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Defense: Consumer Products (Including Tobacco), 2023