Patrick Kim represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation.  He has extensive experience representing financial institutions across a range of matters, as well as other public and private companies involved in financial, accounting, and securities-related litigation.  Mr. Kim also has significant experience in conducting internal investigations for clients, and in defending clients who are under investigation by a variety of investigating authorities, including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, various branches of the Department of Justice, the Securities Exchange Commission, several Inspector General offices, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and state attorneys general.

Mr. Kim’s civil litigation experience includes the representation of a variety of financial institutions and investment funds, including several of the largest global banks and private equity and hedge funds, in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters.  Mr. Kim frequently has represented acquirers, targets, and financial institutions in litigation over mergers and acquisitions.  He also has extensive experience in professional liability defense, and has represented law firms and accounting firms facing professional liability and securities claims.

Mr. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Mr. Kim received his B.A in English and philosophy with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1993, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997.  Mr. Kim spent five years at McKinsey & Company in New York, where he was a management consultant specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures across several industry sectors, including financial institutions, media, and retail.  He joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 2002.

Representative Experience

  • The defense of a law firm that had advised Enron before the company’s collapse
  • The defense of a private equity investment firm relating to the unsuccessful acquisition of a public technology company
  • The defense of a private equity investment firm relating to the firm’s investment management of a company investing in residential mortgage-backed securities
  • Defense of a Fortune 100 technology company in a derivatives-based dispute with Lehman Brothers OTC Derivatives Inc.
  • Representation of a financial institution specializing in student loans in litigation over an unsuccessful acquisition
  • Representation of South American investors and owners in the ICC International Court of Arbitration in a dispute involving the sale of their interest in a major chain of retail stores
  • Representation of a variety of lenders, targets, and acquirers during the wake of the 2008 financial crisis about pending mergers and acquisitions, including the litigation of material adverse effect or change clauses
  • Representation of a major mortgage-related government sponsored entity (“GSE”) regarding that GSE’s disclosures
  • Representation of a national automotive retailer in a dispute over a medical insurance contract
  • Representation of a whistle-blower in a federal False Claims Act lawsuit relating to wireless spectrum auctions
  • Defense of a law firm regarding a dispute about actions taken during discovery
  • Defense of a wireless telecommunications company in a trade secret-related dispute



Government Service

Korean American Bar Association of the District of Columbia – President and Director ex officio

Council of Korean Americans – Life Member

International Association of Korean Lawyers – Board of Governors

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