The Bartlett LLP Team

Brian E. Lee


Brian E. Lee graduated from Colgate University in 1974 and obtained his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1976. At Valparaiso, he was a member of the Law Review and an article of his was published in that Law Review in 1977. He was licensed to practice law in New York in 1977 and was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1978, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992, and the United States Supreme Court in 2014.

Mr. Lee is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations and the New York County Lawyers Association. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been for over 25 years. Mr. Lee is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.  He has been selected to New York Metro SuperLawyers since 2015.

A major portion of his practice involves the representation of mental health professionals in legal actions, professional misconduct proceedings (OPMC and OPD), Justice Center and DEA matters, Title IX investigations, and various risk management matters.

Mr. Lee handles appeals and has extensive experience in the defense of medical malpractice, federal civil rights, products liability, and complex general negligence actions. He handles numerous matters for physicians before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).  Additionally, he often handles cases requiring extensive discovery. He regularly lectures to psychiatrists on a variety of risk management topics, has lectured the Association of Hospital Risk Managers on the subject of structured settlements and was a beta tester for the New York State Unified Court System e-courts system.

His clients over the years have included New York Presbyterian Queens, IBM, Macy*s, George A. Fuller Construction Company, and numerous medical malpractice insurance carriers and their clients.

Recent and Selected Appeals Decisions

McGugan v Aldana-Bernier, 135 S.Ct. 1703 (2015)(successfully briefed in opposition to plaintiff’s petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court)

McGugan v Aldana-Bernier, 752 F.3d 224 (Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2014)(important decision re-affirming principle that a private psychiatrist who involuntarily admits a patient does not engage in state action sufficient to confer federal jurisdiction)

Waggaman v Arauzo, 117 A.D.3d 724 (2d Dep’t 2014)(affirming dismissal of action against Texas physician for lack of jurisdiction)

Schoolcraft v City of New York, 296 F.R.D. 231, 239-41 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)(prohibits plaintiff’s use of deposition videotapes at time of trial)

Scicchitano v Gerstein, 83 A.D.3d 1040 (2d Dep’t 2011)(affirming defense verdict for defendant psychiatrist)

Jacobs v. Mostow, 69 A.D.3d 575 (2d Dep’t 2010) (affirming dismissal of case against psychiatrist in breach of contract action)

Morris v Queens Long-Island Medical Group, 43 A.D.3D 394(2d Dep’t 2007)  (case of first impression barring claims for “capitation” negligence)

Recent Articles for the Professions
SAFE Act Assessment Protocol for Psychiatrists, published March 31, 2014

I-STOP requires mandatory review of a patient’s controlled substance prescription history prior to prescribing effective August 27, 2013,published July 22, 2013

Author of HIPAA/HITECH Breach Assessment Protocol for Psychiatrists, and an associated Breach Assessment Tool to ascertain if there has been a Reportable Breach.

Recent Speaking Engagements

May 5, 2017 Risk Management Seminar on The Justice Center and other topics for Psychiatrists, sponsored by PRMS, New York City

April 8, 2016 Risk Management Seminar on Recent Legal Developments for Psychiatrists, PRMS Seminar, New York City

December 4-5, 2014. Risk Management Presentation on E-Prescribing under I-Stop.  PRMS Seminar, Pace College, New York City

April 4, 2014 and April 5, 2015: Risk Management Talks entitled: Ten Things to Improve Your Practice Now.  PRMS Excess Insurance Seminar, Pace College, New York City.

June 11, 2013: New York’s SAFE Act: Analysis and Guidance for Psychiatrists.  Queens County Psychiatric Society.


  • Colgate University, 1974
  • Valparaiso University, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar 1977
  • U.S.D.C. Southern and Eastern Districts of New York 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 1992
  • United States Supreme Court 2014
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of New York 2017

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association