Patricia Lee is a former trusts and estates attorney who practiced for 30 years with the Honolulu law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.
Patricia served as Honorary Consul of France in Hawaii for 18 years and was awarded L’Ordre National du Mérite by the President of the French Republic. For her work with the French and US Navies, she was awarded a Meritorious Public Service Award by the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2015.
She served as Chairperson of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents from 2003-2005. She was appointed a Commissioner of the Ethics Commission of the City & County of Honolulu, and also served as Dean of the Consular Corps of Hawaii. She has been an officer, director and trustee of numerous organizations, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Jean Charlot Foundation, American Friends of Blérancourt, Washington Place Foundation, Hawaii Estate Planning Council, Legal Aid Society, Hawaii Women Lawyers and the UH Association of Emeritus Trustees. She was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Regent of the Alliance Française. Throughout her legal career, she was consistently listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and Honolulu magazine’s “Best Lawyers”.
Patricia was a professor of French language and literature at Northeastern Illinois University, Rockhurst College, and the University of Hawaii where she taught French philology and medieval literature at the graduate level.
She received her Ph.D. in French language and literature from Northwestern University; her J.D. from the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law; her M.A. from Columbia University; certificates from the University of Paris; and her B.A. from the University of Hawaii, where she was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2006, she led a tour to Dordogne and Provence, France at the request of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association.