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 and other federal programs, including the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, 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 is an active advocate for education. Since 2006, he has served on 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 his term as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) for 2016-17 and currently serves as Immediate Past Chairman and Chair of the Bylaws and Governance Committee at ACCT. Bakari is also a recent past Chairman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) having held that office from 2011-14. Bakari has served as the keynote speaker at the commencements of Warren County Community College in 2017, Bergen Community College at MetLife Stadium in 2016, and Atlantic Cape Community College in 2013 where he was also awarded an honorary Associate of Arts degree by the college for his work in the community college sector.
Prior to joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, 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 received his J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law – Newark in 2000 and graduated from Florida A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Finance concentration. He is licensed in New Jersey, New York and the United States District Court of New Jersey.
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 Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, where he serves as the Northern New Jersey Social Action Chair. Bakari is also the Volunteer Program Administrator for the Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program. He has been named as a Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star for several years. He is also the proud recipient of the 2015 Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award.