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Lee elected vice president of National Bar Association

Nathaniel Lee (77), attorney and senior partner with the Indianapolis-based law firm Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP, was elected vice president of the National Bar Association during the association’s 94th annual convention in New York City last month. Lee now oversees the organization’s capital campaign and assists the financial committee.  

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and most extensive network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.  

Lee graduated from Morehead State with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1977 and a master’s degree in 1978. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Georgia in 1982. Lee has practiced in the Indianapolis region since his bar admission and was instrumental increasing the number of African American lawyers in Indiana. He currently manages his law firm’s operations while concentrating his practice in areas involving significant personal injury or death claims, medical negligence, defective products and police misconduct. He has litigated more than 150 jury trials.  

He has served as chairman of the board of directors for the Marion County Bar Association, counsel to the Indiana Ronald McDonald House, and legal education director for the National Bar Association. Lee served as an advisor in President Barack Obama’s election campaign in 2008 and re-election campaign in 2012. He was selected as one of the “100 National Top Trial Lawyers” by the American Trial Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2018.   

Lee has also made it a point to give back to the community through his involvement in various community organizations and boards. This includes serving as chairman of the Lee Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization he founded that provides annual assistance to youth and families in greater Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  

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