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Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Overview
Honors
Experience
Thought Leadership
Memberships

Overview

Seong Kim is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups in the firm's Los Angeles (Century City) office. He also spends considerable time in the firm’s Seoul office.

Mr. Kim is known for his exceptional winning record at trials and arbitrations, having obtained judgments and settlements totaling hundreds of million dollars. Some of the largest companies around the world turn to Mr. Kim to protect their interests.

Chambers and Partners recognized Mr. Kim for his "strong track record" and "creative legal solutions", in connection with his representation of a wide "range of US, Latin American and East Asian clients in major litigation matters," and particularly noted his "efficiency, technical ability and negotiation skills." Legal 500 noted that Mr. Kim is "renowned for his skill and effectiveness." IAM Patent 1000 recognized Mr. Kim for "his sharpened trial skills, impressive match stats and ebullient client reviews," stating: "He is extremely efficient and resolves matters quickly, but always with an eye on quality. He provides a very high level of service." They also observed that Mr. Kim "always has his clients’ best interests in mind."

Mr. Kim is an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, and University of California, Irvine, School of Law, where he teaches Advanced Trial Techniques. He also has lectured at trial technique seminars for various lawyer/bar associations in the United States, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Kim is a contributing author of the Treatise, "Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California," published by the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar, as well as the recent supplement on the Defend Trade Secrets Act. He is also a member of the California State Bar's Continuing Education of the Bar, Real Property Advisory Committee.

Mr. Kim has been featured as a "Minority Power Broker" by Law360. and quoted in various publications including the Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Kim was a partner of an Am-Law 100 law firm, where he served as a member of its Executive Committee, as the Head of Korea Commercial Litigation, Co-Head of the Korea Practice Group, and Co-Managing Partner of that firm's Los Angeles and Century City offices.

Honors

  • Chambers USA: Commercial Litigation
  • Legal 500 US, Commercial Litigation
  • Legal 500 US, Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Class Action Defense
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property, Trademark Litigation
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Intellectual Property - Foreign firms
  • The World's Leading Patent professionals, IAM Patent 1000
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers
  • Law360, Featured as a "Minority Power Broker," March, 2015
  • Super Lawyers, Southern California

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Obtained large settlement for hedge fund clients in lawsuit brought to recover $1 billion dollar investment in an internet incubator
  • Obtained judgment totaling over $160 million against an international reinsurance company following trial
  • Represented SK Hynix against Toshiba and SanDisk in multi-national lawsuits which plaintiffs asserted to be the largest trade secret case in the world
  • Obtained dismissals of all claims against Korean ramen noodle companies (Korea Yakult and Paldo) in multi-district class action lawsuit alleging price fixing
  • Obtained permanent injunction and favorable monetary settlement for prominent hair products distributor in trademark infringement lawsuits and related Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings
  • Obtained a defense verdict and a positive money judgment at trial for real estate developers sued for fraud related to sale of commercial buildings
  • Obtained a defense verdict and a positive money judgment at trial for real estate developers sued by general contractor for refusal to pay on construction contract
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial for guarantors of real estate development project
  • Obtained judgment against shareholder of investment company based on alter ego theory
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for clients in bad faith lawsuits brought against some of the largest insurance companies
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a prominent tool company in connection with a $100 million trademark licensing dispute against Snap-On Tools
  • Obtained favorable results for international multi-media company in various disputes involving copyright and trademark licensing and infringement
  • Obtained favorable settlement and dismissals for one of the largest international retailers (Forever 21) in lawsuits alleging patent, trademark and copyright infringement
  • Successfully represented one of the largest insurers (GEICO) in a lawsuit alleging patent infringement
  • Successfully represented one of the largest fashion houses against trademark infringement claims
  • Representing foreign insurance company against “claw-back” claims brought by the trustee of the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC
  • Representing foreign insurance company against claims brought by Liquidators of the largest “feeder funds” to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC
  • Obtained favorable recovery for the Korean Deposit Insurance Corporation in connection with international fraud and embezzlement scheme
  • Represented the maker of 7 for All Mankind™ jeans against claims brought by the makers of Citizens of Humanity™ jeans claiming ownership in the former company
  • Obtained favorable settlement for one of the largest automobile manufacturers in connection with a software licensing dispute
  • Representing one of the largest automobile parts makers against various patent infringement claims
  • Represented one of the largest software companies in connection with a dispute involving software maintenance contracts
  • Represented one of the largest architectural firms in connection with copyright infringement claims
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a prominent tool company against trade dress infringement and false advertising claims
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment for the producer of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict at trial against the inventors of the Ab-Roller® exercise product

Thought Leadership

Articles

Contributing Author of Treatise, "Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California," Intellectual Property Section  of the State Bar of California, Third Edition, November 2014

Author, "California's Unfair Competition Act: Will it Give Rise to Yet Another 'Wave' in Smoking and Health Litigation?" 1995, 35 Santa Clara Law Review 193

Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts

Books

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Fighting Online Piracy and Update on Cybersecurity," Korea In-house Counsel Forum, September 2-3, 2017
  • "The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016," to members of the In-house Counsel Forum and Korea In-house Counsel Association, July 14, 2016
  • "Trade Secret Protection: A Practical Guide to In-house Lawyers," to members of the In-house Counsel Forum and Korea In-house Counsel Association, September 6, 2016
  • “Trade Secret Misappropriation,” In House Counsel Forum, Seoul, South Korea, November, 2015
  • “Available Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation and Patent, Copyright and Trademark Infringement,” Asociacion Internacional para la Proteccion de la Propiedad Intelectual, Mexico City, D.F., March, 2015
  • “Evidence Spoliation Issues,” 2013 NAPABA Convention, Kansas City, MO, November, 2013
  • “Step by Step Approach to Branding,” CFA, Los Angeles, CA, September, 2013
  • “Handling Korean Mediation Cases Successfully,” 2012 US-Korea Law Day at KIA Motors, Irvine, CA, July, 2012
  • “The Closer: Litigation Strategy and Closing Argument,” 2006 NAPABA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2006

Events

Memberships

  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, California State Bar's Continuing Education of the Bar, Real Property Advisory Committee