Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development
and Corporate Secretary
Lee Cheng is the Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at Newegg Inc., a $2.8B global (N. America and China) internet retailer that is the largest privately held e-commerce company in North America. He oversees or has run Newegg’s Legal, Corporate Development, Compliance, Ethics, Human Resources, Government Relations and Risk Management functions, and created the Newegg Foundation to facilitate and encourage community and philanthropic activity at Newegg.
Mr. Cheng’s work and contributions in the legal arena have been recognized nationally. He has been named one of the NAPABA’s Best Lawyers Under 40 (2009), a Top In-House Counsel in California (2013) by the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication, was awarded the Vanguard Award from the State Bar of California’s IP Section (2013) and was recognized as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel (2014) and one of 50 IP Pioneers and Trailblazers (2014) by the National Law Journal. In 2015, Mr. Cheng received an In-House Impact Award from leading legal publication The Recorder (2015). In 2011, under Mr. Cheng’s leadership, the Newegg Legal Department received Inside Counsel magazine’s Top 10 innovation award. Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Cheng has been elected to 2 terms on the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders and has received the NYU-Polytechnic Innovation Award (2011).
Mr. Cheng has also held leadership positions or served on the Boards of professional, community and affinity organizations like the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Southern California, Asian American Legal Foundation, the Organization of Chinese Americans (SF Chapter), the Harvard Club of San Francisco and the Lowell High School Alumni Association. He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Chapman University School of Law’s Business Emphasis Program.
Mr. Cheng is frequently asked to speak on a variety of legal and business topics, including legal function management, achieving successful outcomes in litigation, international expansion and social media regulations. He has been profiled in leading legal publications such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Recorder and has been interviewed by major news and media outlets like Wall St. Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Internet Retailer. Furthermore, Mr. Cheng has been invited to testify or to submit testimony to the US House of Representatives (Commerce and Judiciary Committees), the US Senate (Judiciary Committee), the US International Trade Commission and the US Federal Trade Commission.
Prior to joining Newegg, Mr. Cheng was an attorney in the corporate department of Latham & Watkins, a leading international law firm. Mr. Cheng also served as the VP and general counsel of GeneFluidics, Inc., a medical devices company, and the VP of administration and legal affairs at LightCross, Inc., an optical networking components company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cheng worked at top-tier law firms including Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Dow Lohnes & Albertson.
Mr. Cheng received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Science, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is fluent in spoken Mandarin Chinese.