Carolyn J. Lee


  • Affordable Housing
  • Land Use
  • Land Use & CEQA
  • Real Estate


    • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly University of California, Hastings College of the Law) (J.D. 2013)
    • Brown University (B.A. International Relations and Urban Studies, 2010)

Carolyn J. Lee is a partner in Lubin Olson’s Real Estate, Land Use, and Affordable Housing service groups. She specializes in affordable housing transactions, commercial real estate transactions, and entitlements. Ms. Lee represents clients in a broad range of matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing, entity formation, development, title and real estate due diligence, land use, and environmental matters. She also has significant experience representing clients in the acquisition, financing, and development of affordable housing projects using tax-exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credit financing, as well as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s financing and subsidy programs.

In her land use practice, Ms. Lee represents developers, institutions, and other property owners in obtaining entitlements and permits for the use of their property. She advises her clients on the preparation of environmental review documents under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the preparation of entitlement documents under Planning and Zoning Law, the Housing Accountability Act, the Subdivision Map Act, general plans, specific plans, and local planning codes and zoning ordinances. She has represented clients with complex development projects throughout the Bay Area and Northern California, which involve entitling large multifamily residential projects and mixed-use office, commercial, and residential projects.

Ms. Lee is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN) of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.

Recently, Ms. Lee was honored by Thomson Reuters as a Northern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for 2021, 2022, and 2023. Ms. Lee was also included in the 2023 edition and 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for her work in Real Estate Law.

Carolyn J. Lee

Carolyn J. Lee



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