Yookyung Moon is a partner and foreign legal consultant in the Antitrust Practice Group in the firm's Seoul office. Previously, she was an antitrust associate in the firm’s San Francisco Office, and worked out of the firm’s Shanghai Office before joining the firm’s Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Seoul. She has also served as Senior Legal Counsel at the Global Legal Affairs & Compliance Team of Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. at its headquarters in Seoul.
Areas of Practice
Yookyung specializes in complex business litigation and white collar criminal matters with an emphasis on antitrust and unfair competition issues. She has significant experience defending multinational businesses in criminal and civil proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice and foreign enforcement agencies. She also advises clients on various corporate compliance matters including developing and implementing antitrust audit and compliance programs and providing compliance training for executives and employees. In addition, she provides counseling for multinational businesses regarding overseas investment or operations involving multijurisdictional coordination including Korea and China and liaises between the Firm’s attorneys and local counsel in Korea for client matters involving business or disputes in Korea. Sheppard Mullin’s Dispute Resolution (International Firms) Practice has been highly ranked by Chambers’ Asia-Pacific South Korea for several years. Yookyung also has experience on the development of China’s Anti-monopoly Law practice as well as recent enforcement trends and cases.
- Defense of Samsung SDI America in a class action alleging defects in the batteries for the Note 7 Smartphone, George Schmidt et al vs. Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Electronics Co. and Samsung SDI America (W.D. Wa)
- Providing antitrust and corporate compliance counseling to Samsung Venture Investment Corporation in connection with overseas investments.
- Advising SK telecom on overseas investment projects.
- Providing trade and investment regulatory counseling to SK materials.
Providing corporate compliance counseling to Hanwha Q CELLS in relation to global operations.
Defense of Samsung SDI and related entities in DOJ grand jury criminal price fixing and foreign enforcement investigations involving cathode ray tubes and related direct and indirect civil class actions.
Defense of Samsung Electronics and related entities in DOJ grand jury criminal price fixing and foreign enforcement investigations involving TFT-LCD and related direct and indirect civil class actions.
- Defense of Samsung Electronics and related entities in DOJ grand jury criminal price fixing and foreign enforcement investigations involving SRAM and FLASH memory chips.
- Defended a national construction company in DOJ grand jury criminal bid rigging investigation.
- Defense of Samsung Electronics in defense of trademark infringement claims asserted by Research In Motion (“RIM”) involving Samsung’s “BlackJack” and “Black Carbon” and RIM’s “BlackBerry”.
- Defense of Samsung Electronics in multi-billion dollar litigation against Rambus.
- Reviewed independent contractor agreement issues relating to a Canadian children’s educational entertainment program producer's investment in Korea in terms of IP issues, and liaised between lead counsel and local counsel in Korea.
- Liaised between IP counsel for TaylorMade Golf and Korean local counsel on IP and customs counseling.
Recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - Foreign firms, 2016
- "Analysis of the KFTC's Decision on the Hite-Jinro Pre-Merger Review" under the supervision of Professor Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice. Also, she served as Research Assistant to Professor Harry First, New York University School of Law, Research Project on United States v. Topco Associates, 406 U.S. 596 (1972) at Library of Congress, Summer 2006
- "Extraterritorial Application of Korean Antitrust Laws: Analysis of the KFTC's Graphite Electrode International Cartel Case" under the supervision of Professor Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
Antitrust Law Blog Posts
- "Korea Passes Foreign Legal Consultant Act, Opening the Country's Legal Service Market to Law Firms in Foreign Countries that are Parties to Effective Free Trade Agreements with Korea," April 13, 2009
U.S. Legal Insights for Korean Businesses Blog Posts
- Lecturer, "Global Antitrust Enforcement Trends and Investigation Response Strategy," 2017 In-house Counsel Symposium, Korea In-House Counsel Association and Korean Bar Association, Seoul, Republic of Korea, December 2017
- Mentor-Panelist, "Career Planning and Development - Law Practice," Georgetown Alumni Club Korea Summer 2016 Career Mentoring Event, Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 2016
- Speaker, “On Your Way to China? – Basic ABCs for Corporate Investment in China," Korea In-house Counsel Association, Seoul, Republic of Korea, October 2014
- Mentor-Panelist, "Career Planning and Development - Law Practice," Georgetown Alumni Club Korea Summer 2014 Career Mentoring Event, Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 2014
- Lecturer, “International Antitrust Enforcement Trends and Investigation Response Strategy”, Thomson-Reuters Compliance Officer Training Program, Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 2013
- Mentor-Panelist, “Career Planning and Development – Law Practice,” Georgetown Alumni Club Korea Summer 2012 Career Mentoring Event, Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 2012
- Guest Speaker, “Pursuing a Career in Antitrust Practice,” Office of Career Services, New York University Law School, New York, NY, April 2010
- Panelist, “Career Planning and Development,” 2010 Alumni Mingle Event for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Korean International Students Organization, New York University, New York, NY, March 2010
- Panelist, “Roundtable Discussion with Women Attorneys, Scholars and Activists About the Progress of Women’s Rights Abroad,” D.C. Bar International Law Section, Washington, DC, March 2006
Member, Committee Steering Group, International Antitrust Law Committee, American Bar Association
Member, Antitrust Law Section and International Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Korean Bar Association
Member, Korea In-House Counsel Association
Alumni Ambassador, Georgetown Law International
- Antitrust and Competition
- International Reach
- Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade
- White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
LL.M. in Trade Regulation (Antitrust & Competition Policy Concentration), New York University School of Law, 2006
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2003
M.A. Candidate, Ewha Womans University College of Law, Seoul, Korea, 2002, Ewha Graduate Research Fellowship
LL.B., Ewha Womans University College of Law, Seoul, Korea, 1999, summa cum laude, Dean's List, Honor Scholarship, "International Law" - Korean Government Scholarship
- Judicial Intern, The Honorable Judge Rafael Diaz, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
- New York
- Republic of Korea (Foreign Legal Consultant for U.S. Law)
- Mandarin Chinese