David Kim, Managing Partner of Wright Kim Douglas, is an experienced litigator and corporate counsel, concentrating on business and commercial disputes, real estate transactions, and labor/employment. He also handles, on a case by case basis, complex family law matters. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Kim's background and experience was mainly in real estate finance, working for Comerica Bank, California Federal Bank, and the Irvine Company. He has been an active licensed broker for more than 25 years and has transacted numerous investment properties throughout California.
Since graduating from law school, Mr. Kim has obtained over a decade of legal and management government experience. His prior government experience included working at Orange County District Attorney's Office, and various Los Angeles County departments, including: District Attorney's Office, Child Support Services, Department of Beaches & Harbor, Department of Children & Family Services, Office of Affirmative Action Compliance (OAAC), and Department of Human Resources (DHR).
During his tenure at the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Kim honed his trial skills by conducting numerous pretrial motions, bench and jury trials. Mr. Kim is comfortable in a courtroom and is an experienced, effective trial advocate. During Mr. Kim's last three years at Los Angeles County, he was the Risk Manager at the OAAC and DHR responsible for overseeing all aspects of Title VII (Federal) and FEHA (State) claims/litigation involving a workforce of over 100,000 government employees within 37 County departments. Mr. Kim was directly responsible for assessing numerous high risk claims against the County, working with the Board of Supervisors to reduce the County’s potential exposure. Mr. Kim is experienced in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of claims, determining which ones should be settled and which claims should instead go to trial.
For the year of 2015, Mr. Kim was selected as a member of the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation. He has also received recognition and numerous awards locally and nationally as a trial lawyer.
Mr. Kim serves on several non-profit boards, including as an Executive Board Member and Head of the Scholarship Committee at the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals, a non-profit 501(c)(3), which is a collaboration of local, state and federal government agencies in furtherance of fostering equal rights and equal access to education and employment opportunities, and as a Board Member at the YMCA of the Foothills providing youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Mr. Kim also serves on the Executive Committee at the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers.
He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Western State University. Additionally, he received
the American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award for highest grade recipient in Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Kim was within the top 5% of his class for both Trial and Advanced Trial Practice.
Mr. Kim is admitted and certified to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States Federal District Court for the Central District, Washington D.C., and United States Tax Court.