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David Kim

Managing Partner

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David Kim, Managing Partner of WKD, is an experienced litigator with an extensive business and real estate background, and handles exclusively probate and trust matters, both litigated and non-litigated.

Mr. Kim has successfully conducted several notable trials involving probate and trust disputes on behalf of Private Professional Fiduciaries and individuals.  He also counsels clients in all phases of trust administration, conservatorships and probate 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 30 years and has transacted numerous investment properties throughout California. 

Mr. Kim also serves as Court Appointed Counsel on Conservatorship cases and Guardian ad Litem for Trust matters for the Los Angeles Superior Court.  He continues his role as Special Master for the California State Bar in connection with conducting searches for documentary evidence under the control of attorneys, physicians, psychotherapists and clergy members, Penal Code 1524.

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 the Orange County District Attorney's Office, and various Los Angeles County departments, including:  the District Attorney's Office, Child Support Services (CSS), 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 and CSS, Mr. Kim honed his trial skills by conducting numerous preliminary hearings, bench and jury trials.  Mr. Kim is comfortable in a courtroom and is an experienced passionate 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) 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.

Mr. Kim serves on several Boards.  He is the Former President and on the Executive Committee at the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers. Mr. Kim serves on the Board at Dignity Health, Glendale Memorial Hospital and YMCA of the Foothills Board (Former Board Chairman).Rated by Super Lawyer logo and link

Mr. Kim received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Real Property and Development Finance and his Juris Doctorate from Western State University.  During law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award for being top in his class for Legal Research and Writing.  Mr. Kim was also 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.

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Speaking Events: Mr. Kim also gives speeches on probate topics. Some of his recent and upcoming speeches are:
  • Fiduciary Boot Camp, Pincus Professional Education with Co-Speaker Norine Boehmer, DoubleTree by Hilton, Los Angeles Downtown, March 9, 2018
  • Employing Caregivers,  23rd Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speaker Norine Boehmer, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, CA, June 2, 2018
  • When to Join the Fight: Fiduciary Neutrality and Rules of Ethics, Glendale Estate Planning Council, with Co-Speaker Lauriann Wright; Tam O'Shanter, Los Angeles, CA, July 17, 2018RUE Ratings Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter Member Logo and Link
  • The Interplay Between Business Entities and Fiduciary Trustees, 24th Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speaker Hon. Brenda Penny, Assistant Supervising Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, Disneyland Resort Hotel, Anaheim, CA, May 4, 2019
  • When to Join the Fight: Fiduciary Neutrality & Rules of Ethics, Fiduciary Round Table, University Club, Pasadena, CA, May 8, 2019
  • The Interplay between Business Entities and Fiduciaries/Trustees, Estate Planning Council of San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena, CA, November 25, 2019
  • Nuances of Real Estate Management & Challenging Sales in a COVID Environment, 27th Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speakers Hon. Clifford L. Klein (Ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court, Vineendra Jain, MBA, CPM, Ingenious Asset Group, Inc., Disneyland Resort Hotel, Anaheim, CA, May 5, 2022
  • LACBA-  Aviva Bobb Advance CAC Training- 2023 Edition, CAC & Private Counsel, the New Rules & Ethical Considerations,with Co-Speaker Andrew Douglas, Wright Kim Douglas, ALC, Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 2023
  • Are you Afraid of Conservatorships of the Persons?  Risks, Exposures and Solutions, 28th Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speakers Hon. Ana Maria Luna, Los Angeles Superior Court, Brenda Shorkend, Shorkend Care Management, Sam Gopinathan, New Wave Home Care, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2023
  • To Sell or Not to Sell:  When is it time to Sell the Conservatee’s Residence?  Beverly Hills Bar Association with Co-Speakers Hon. Craig Karlan (Ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court, Carmen Alberio (Ret.) Los Angeles Superior Court Supervising Probate Counsel, Nancy Sanborn, Brian Joy, The Sanborn Team, October 25, 2023