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Jong Han Kim

Partner, Litigation Department


Jong Han Kim is a partner in the Litigation department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He practices in the fields of complex cross-border litigation, mergers and acquisitions and international joint ventures. He has advised on the following:


  • Recognized as a Leading Individual (Band 2) for Dispute Resolution: International Firms by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017)
  • Recognized as one of the leading lawyers (Band 1) for Corporate and M&A practice in South Korea by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989 (cum laude)
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1986 (magna cum laude)


International Litigation

  • SK hynix in connection with its trade secrets litigation against San Disk in the US.
  • SK hynix in connection with its patent litigation in the US.
  • Samsung Electronics in connection with patent litigation cases in the US.
  • Samsung Electronics in connection with consumer class action cases in the US.
  • KCC in connection with the adoption and implementation of its global standard compliance program.
  • Kolon Industries in connection with trade secrets and anti-trust litigation in the US.
  • Korean Air in connection with anti-trust class action litigation in the US.
  • LG Display in its US anti-trust litigation.
  • Lotte Chemical in connection with its trade secrets litigation victory in the US.
  • Korea Exchange Bank in Bernie Madoff feeder funds litigation brought by Fairfield Sentry.
  • NCSoft, a leading online game company in Korea, in connection with a trade secret theft case in China.
  • Samsung Corporation in its dispute in relation to an ownership of copper mine in Kazakhstan against Dalex, a Russian company.

International Corporate Transactions

  • Samsung Electronics in its sale and joint venture of AST Research.
  • Samsung Life in its joint venture with Air China Group to form a joint venture life insurance company in China.
  • Samsung SDI in its proposed US$200 million joint venture in Hungary with KOC Group of Turkey.
  • SK Telecom in its US$440 million joint venture with Earthlink to form Helio mobile phone company in the US.
  • GE Capital in its acquisition of more than 45 commercial buildings in Seoul and in the establishment of Korea’s first cross-border corporate restructuring real estate investment trust.
  • Fila Korea in its acquisition of the Fila global brand.
  • A Korean retail conglomerate in its attempted bid for Godiva Chocolate in the US.
  • Woongjin Coway in its GDR offering.
  • J.P. Morgan in a US$101 million GDR offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing for INI Steel.
  • J.P. Morgan in a GDR offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing for Kumgang Korea Chemical.
  • Wal-Mart in its US$882 million sale of its Korean operations to Shinsegae, one of Korea’s largest retail conglomerates.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its minority equity investment in Hyundai Rotem, a Hyundai Motor Group company in Korea.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its acquisition of a controlling interest in KEB Commerz Investment Trust Management.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its asset acquisition of Jinbang Steel.
  • Merrill Lynch in its real estate joint venture with Mirae Asset Maps to develop Center One Building in downtown Seoul.
  • E-Land Fashion China in its proposed initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Pixelplus in its Nasdaq IPO.
  • J.P. Morgan in a US$97 million ADR offering and Nasdaq listing for Webzen.


    Engagement & Publications

    • Former columnist for the largest English daily in Korea: his column, "A View From Abroad," appeared frequently in The Korea Herald
    • Author of "The Kumgangsan Dam and International Law," published in the Korean Journal of International Law


    • Foreign Investment Advisor, Minister of State for Trade of the Republic of Korea
    • Advisor, 1998 and 1999 Korean parliamentary delegations to Washington

    Practice Areas

    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Internet of Things
    Antitrust and Competition
    Securities and Capital Markets
    Trade Secrets
    Intellectual Property
    Class Actions




    California Bar


    Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1989
    Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. 1986

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