Professional Qualifications

The following professional qualifications are provided for attorneys considering a referral to Lee Altschuler.

Rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice: Supreme Court of The State of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; Central District of California; and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Former Chief, Silicon Valley, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of California. Former Computer & Telecommunications Coordinator (A.U.S.A. designated as high-tech specialist), U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California.

Former Practice Leader of Deloitte & Touche's Forensic and Investigative Services Group in Northern California.

Extensive first-chair jury trial experience in fraud, tax, and other white collar matters; assimilative crimes; and broad experience in grand jury and related matters. Almost a dozen arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Twice honored with the prestigious "Director's Award" for Assistant U.S. Attorneys by the U.S. Department of Justice (for an economic espionage case involving supercomputer code to the former U.S.S.R.; and for bringing a $300 million check kiting prosecution). Received the Commander's Award for Public Service, U.S. Army (multimillion dollar defense procurement fraud case).


B.A. with High Honors, University of California.
J.D., University of California, Davis.

Representative Cases

  • Bribery/kickback matter involving Trident II Ballistic Missile program
  • Obstruction of justice matter involving defense contractor
  • Bribery/kickback matter involving prominent environmentalist
  • Multiple bank fraud cases involving officers, employees and borrowers
  • Fraudulent testing of entire production run of U.S. Army combat radios
  • Trade secret theft involving source and object code for supercomputer
  • Trade secret theft involving microprocessor specifications
  • Embezzlement of four million USD in the Republic of Korea
  • Money laundering prosecution involving daughter of a foreign head of state
  • Antitrust investigation involving alleged DRAM pricefixing
  • Fraudulent testing of counterfeit screws used in commercial and military aircraft
  • Export and diversion of semiconductor test equipment
  • False statement case involving sales, management and finance personnel at automobile dealership
  • Counterfeiting matters involving bundled software, compilation CD's, and other high tech products
  • Access device frauds
  • Multiple extraditions and MLAT matters
  • Conflict of interest investigation involving country manager for AEMA
  • Tax fraud trial of former I.R.S. Revenue Agent and CPA
  • Tax fraud involving an "arsonist-for-hire"
  • Wildlife poaching ring taking rare, protected and endangered species in national parks
  • Matters involving drugs, firearms, homicide, and other violent crime.

Speaking Experience

  • Guest lecturer, Sofia, Bulgaria, ABA's Central and Eastern European Law Initiative
  • Guest lecturer, UC Davis Graduate School of Business Administration (Corporate Ethics)
  • Guest Lecturer, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley (Trade Secrets)
  • Guest lecturer, Peninsula Association of General Counsel
  • Guest speaker, American Bar Association White Collar Crime Seminar
  • Qualified as expert witness, federal criminal law

Broad Joint Defense experience with major firms and solo practitioners.

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