Attorney Profile - About Lee


Lee Blumen is a practicing attorney specializing in Mental Health and Treatment Law. With more than 30 years of litigation and appellate experience, he has successfully defended life imprisonment cases, other serious felonies, and obtained treatment programs and conservatorships for clients with severe mental illness. He has written and argued more than 200 motions and briefs, including motions on death penalty cases, emergency writs to the Courts of Appeal, and briefs to the California Supreme Court.

Lee was an Orange County public defender for more than 25 years, and he has zealously represented his clients throughout Orange County superior courts, including Juvenile Court, Drug and DUI Courts, Probate and Mental Health Courts, and North, Central, Harbor, and West Justice Centers. He is an instructor with the University of California, Irvine, Extension and lectures at numerous MCLE-approved seminars and public events. He is licensed to practice law in California and Tennessee, and is a certified mediator.

Professional Experience

Law Office of Lee Blumen

Orange County Public Defender’s Office

Managing Attorney
Santa Ana, CA

Engaged in the practice of criminal law, writs and appeals, mental health law, conservatorships, and probate proceedings, while employed at virtually all levels and assignments at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

Managing Attorney
Seven years’ experience as a managing attorney. For five of those years, supervised the Mental Health Advocacy Unit on behalf of clients involuntarily detained in psychiatric facilities, and mentally disordered criminal defendants. Thereafter, served as Head of Court at the Harbor Justice Center, supervising a staff of 20, writing performance evaluations, approving expert witness expenditures, and working collaboratively with judges, prosecutors, and probation officers.

Appellate Advocate
More than seven years’ experience in writs and appeals practice, having written and argued more than 200 motions and briefs, including motions on death penalty cases, appellate briefs, emergency writs to the Courts of Appeal, and briefs to the California Supreme Court.

More than 30 years of litigation experience, including complex litigation involving clients facing life sentences and clients with severe mental illnesses. Also, litigated hundreds of court hearings: from court trials, to involuntary conservatorships, to preliminary hearings.

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Have lectured at MCLE-approved seminars and public events for the American Psychological Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the University of California, and more:

  • CARE Act (SB 1338): Promises and Challenges of Care Court (Continuing Education of the Bar)
  • Mental Health Planning: Conservatorship & Post-Conservatorship  (Video)
    (National Alliance on Mental Illness, Orange County)

  • Mental Health, Addictive Disorders and the Legal Justice System — Workshop (Orange County Psychological Association, Annual Convention)
  • LPS and Probate Conservatorship; Powers, Limitations, Uses and Misuses. (Orange County Bar Association)
  • Navigating the Mental Health & Legal Justice Systems. (National Alliance on Mental illness, Orange County)
  • Involuntary Medication Hearings (Riese). (University of California, Irvine — Medical/Psych.)
  • Attorney's Role in Representing Developmentally Disabled Clients in State Hospitals. (Fairview, Families & Friends)
  • Proposition 36 — Drug Treatment. (O.C. Probation Department)
  • Involuntary Commitments. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Mental Illness & Addiction — Helping Families and Loved Ones: A Lawyer's Perspective. CA Marriage and Family Therapists, Orange County)
  • Legal Issues Surrounding Consent and Capacity: ECT, Medical Petitions, & Medication Hearings. (University of California, Irvine — Medical/Psych.)
  • Court Interpreters in Criminal Cases — Panel Discussion. (California Court Interpreters Association)
  • So. California Sexually Violent Predator Conference. (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, and San Diego — Public Defenders)
  • Representing Individuals with Mental Illness. (O.C. Psychological Association)

University of California - Irvine, Extension - Certified Paralegal Program




University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Doctor of Jurisprudence
Dean’s List
Tennessee Law Review, Assistant Editor

University of Missouri - Columbia

Dual Degree Program: Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Journalism
Dean’s List
Honor’s College Award

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Contact Info


27201 Puerta Real
Suite 300
Mission Viejo, CA 92691