Helen Kim

Law Office of Helen Kim
3435 Wilshire Blvd Ste 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 487-9151
www.helenkimlaw.com


Helen Kim is an aggressive trial lawyer who has dedicated her career to representing plaintiffs, particularly in the area of employment law.  

Since 2016, Ms. Kim has been selected every year by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star.  In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Ms. Kim was recognized as one of the Up-and-Coming 50 Women Lawyers, an accolade designated among the female lawyers who ranked at the top of the list in the Southern California Rising Stars nomination, research and Blue Ribbon review process.

In 2020, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.65 million settlement on behalf of misclassified individuals against a national audit company in a class action lawsuit involving claims for intentional misclassification.

In 2019, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.55 million settlement on behalf of an individual employee against a technology start-up in Santa Monica in an arbitration involving claims for unpaid commissions, violation of Labor Code section 1102.5, race discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Ms. Kim resolved this case before any depositions were taken.

In 2018, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.06 million settlement (inclusive of fees, costs, class representative enhancement payment and PAGA payment) on behalf of a class of non-exempt former and current employees of Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, LLC.  

In 2016-2017, Ms. Kim secured a $1.02 million total judgment ($307,762.00 verdict + $709,431.90 fee award) plus finding of malice, oppression or fraud against 3 managing agents in a failure to accommodate disability and wrongful termination jury trial against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (Case No. 30-2015-00768685-CU-WT-CJC (Orange County Superior Court Jan. 2015)).  Ms. Kim litigated this case from its inception through the end of the seven-week jury trial in one of the most conservative jurisdictions in the State of California for plaintiffs.

Education

Stanford University, B.A.

     *  Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction, Ranked 1st in the Department of Communication, Gates Millennium Scholar, News Editor for The Stanford Daily

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

     *  Civil Litigation Concentration, Editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal



Previous Work Experience

Associate at The deRubertis Law Firm, APC - plaintiffs' employment law (individual FEHA cases and wage & hour class actions), personal injury

Associate at Arias, Ozzello & Gignac LLP - plaintiffs' consumer class actions, plaintiffs' employment litigation (individual FEHA cases and wage & hour class actions), toxic torts, products liability, intellectual property litigation, business litigation

Certified law clerk at the San Mateo District Attorneys' Office

Certified law clerk at the Unites States Attorneys' Office, Criminal Division, in the Northern District of California

Freelance columnist for the Los Angeles Times (Voices column)



Accolades

Up-and-Coming 50 Women Lawyers for each year since 2018 (Top female lawyers in the Southern California Rising Stars nomination, research and Blue Ribbon review process)

Southern California Rising Star (top 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California) for each year since 2016



Publications

Interviewed by the Los Angeles Times re: sexual harassment in the workplace: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fi-how-to-report-sexual-harassment-workplace-20171219-story.html

Writer for the California Employment Lawyers Association VOICE blog (celavoice.org)

"Tips for Lawyers Advertising in California," Juriste International, April 2012

"Concepcion Severely Limits Consumer Class Actions In The United States," Juriste International, March 2011

Multiple articles (written and edited by Ms. Kim) in The Stanford Daily from 2001-2004

Multiple feature columns in the Los Angeles Times (Voices column) from 1999-2000



Professional Affiliations

California Employment Lawyers Association, Member

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member

Korean American Bar Association of Southern California, Member

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member



Bar Admissions

California, 2008

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2010

United States District Court, Central District of California, 2009



Resources

Department of Fair Housing and Employment: www.dfeh.ca.gov

California Employment Lawyers Association VOICE blog: celavoice.org



Languages

Korean



Interests

In her free time, Ms. Kim enjoys hot yoga with weights, scuba diving, hiking, and traveling.  She has traveled extensively to Iceland, Italy, Greece, Peru, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, England, the Maldives, and at least a dozen other countries.