Bakari G. Lee’s primary practice area is public finance, having served as bond counsel to multiple clients at the state, county and local level, as well as providing underwriter and trustee counsel services. Bakari also provides special counsel services for affordable housing transactions, involving low and moderate income housing tax credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and other federal, state and local funding programs, for public housing agencies and private developers alike. In addition, Bakari provides general counsel services to public and private entities involving a wide array of issues. He has represented various clients in redevelopment matters as well. Bakari also serves as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer.
Bakari is an active advocate for education. In 2006, he was appointed by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College, and currently serves as Vice Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee and as the trustee liaison for commencement. Nationally, Bakari served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He also served as Chariman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC), and served on its Executive Committee as a Trustee Ambassador. Bakari was also awarded an honorary Associate of Arts degree by Atlantic Cape Community College for his work in the community college sector. Bakari has given commencement speeches at Warren County Community College, Bergen Community College and Atlantic Cape Community College.
Prior to joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, in 2003, Bakari was a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Dean Donohue of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Division. Before joining the Territorial Court, he was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Animal Health Division of Pfizer, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately supporting the division’s business development and strategic planning initiatives.
Bakari is active in several social and civic organizations. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President) of the Jersey City Chapter. He is also a member of Mu Boulé, the northern New Jersey member-boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, where he serves as the Social Action Chair. Bakari is also the Volunteer Program Administrator for the Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program. He is also the proud recipient of the 2015 Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award and was recognized in 2018 by the New Jersey Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association as an “Alumni Making a Difference”.