J. Jae Lee

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Madison, WI

Francis Law Center
 | 14 W. Mifflin St. Ste 206, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 877-369-2575
Fax: 847-306-3942
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer
Attorney Profile

J. Jae Lee is the principal attorney at Francis Law Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Devoting his entire practice to immigration, Mr. Lee handles matters involving consumer, family and employment-based immigration. He has experience with citizenship, humanitarian, removal defense and waiver cases, as well as EB1 and NIW visas. He serves clients in the Madison metropolitan areas as well as the Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, metropolitan regions.

Mr. Lee has a wealth of background experience that enables him to provide high-quality legal representation to clients. He is committed to providing passionate representation, unifying families and helping families through the separation process. His clients include professionals such as artists, medical doctors, professors and researchers.

Prior to becoming an immigration attorney, Mr. Lee spent nearly two decades as a history professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of a textbook on U.S. history and numerous articles on U.S. immigration history. The recipient of several awards, the American Institute of Legal Counsel named him one of the “top 10 best immigration attorneys” and Expertise listed him among the “top 20 immigration lawyers in Milwaukee” in 2016.

Mr. Lee earned bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University and Korea University, and received his doctorate in history from New York University. He obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Dane County Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Practice Areas
  • 100%Immigration


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Rising Stars: 2019

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About Jae Lee

Admitted: 2012, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.francislawcenter.com/About/Jae-F-Lee.shtml


  • Received Top Contributor Award, Top Contributor, Avvo.com, 2016
  • Selected for the Distinguished Lawyer in immigration law, Distinguished Lawyer, Expert Network, 2017
  • Selected for Top 10 Best Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL, Best Immigration Attorney, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2016
  • Received Pro Bono Honor Society Certificate for my pro bono work for the residents in Dane and Milwuakee Counties., Pro Bono Honor Society, Wisconsin Bar Association, 2015
  • Selected for the Lead Counsel Rating on immigration law, Lead Counsel Rating, leadcounsel.org, 2017
  • Received Clients' Choice Award, Clients' Choice, Avvo.com, 2016
  • Selected for Top 20 Best Immigration Lawyers in Milwaukee, WI, Best Immigration Lawyers in Milwaukee, Expertise, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Received Labor and Employment Law Concentration Certificate with Honors from University of Wisconsin Law School., 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Softny, Ltd., In-house counsel, 2012 - Present
  • American Catholic Lawyers Association, Volunteer attorney, 2016 - Present
  • AILA Chicago Chapter, New Member Committee member, 2016 - Present
  • AILA Chicago Chapter, CVLS Committee member, 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Good Shepherd House, President and in-House Counsel, 2016 - Present
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Korean American Bar Association of Chicago, Member, 2015 - Present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild, Member, 2015 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • Wisconsin, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2012 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney, Tenant Resources Center, Madison, WI, 2012 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney, St. Mary Magdalene Congregation, Milwaukee, WI, 2015 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney, St. Francis Law Center, Madison, WI, 2012 - 2014
  • I have provided pro bono legal services to low income tenants in Madison, WI. 
  • I have provided pro bono legal services to a Catholic parish and parish members in Milwaukee, WI.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Transnational Re-mapping of the "Yellow Peril, Association of Asian American Studies Conference, 2015
  • Emergency Assistance: Who may qualify and how to apply? , Dane Country Circuit Court Information Session, 2012
  • U.S. Legal History, University of Wisconsin, 2014
  • The De-Constitutionalization of Employee Free Speech Protection: Rise and Fall of Mythical Contrasts between the Public and Private Sector Employee Free Speech Protection, National Social Sciences Association Conference, 2014
  • U.S. History Professor at the University of Wisconsin
  • Transformations of the Trans-Pacific World after World War II: Cultural, Social and Economic Exchanges and Changes in the United States and People’s Republic of China, Confucius Institute, 2015
  • Wrote and published an academic article on the Dawes Act, Author, The Dawes Act, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • “Citizenship proof challenges for naturalized U.S. Citizens”, 2015
  • “Feasibility of applying a non-immigrant visa while family-based immigration petition is pending”, 2015
  • The Dawes Act, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • Nativism, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • History of the United States Since 1865, Great River Learning, 2016
  • Wrote and published an academic article on the Johnson-Reed Act and nativism, Johnson Reed Act and Nativism, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • Wrote and published an academic article on nativism in the United States., Nativism, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016


  • Softnyx, Ltd.

Educational Background:

  • I have obtained a Ph.D. in History from New York University in 2000. I have also obtained bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University in 1993 and Korea University in 1994.
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Office Location for J. Jae Lee

14 W. Mifflin St. Ste 206
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 877-369-2575

Fax: 847-306-3942

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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