Lee Appleton was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate studies, graduating with a B.A. in Economics. He then attended the University of Miami School of Law and started his legal career as an assistant public defender in central Florida. He relocated to Richmond and transitioned from criminal to civil law. He is a diehard Virginia basketball fan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, and can be found exploring Richmond with his wife and their dog, Mojo.
Lee is a member of the Virginia and Florida State Bars, Richmond Bar Association CLE Committee, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice. Lee was selected as a SuperLawyer Rising Star for 2020.