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Jay Kim

Jay Kim
Managing Partner

Jay Kim is an experienced litigator who has worked extensively on complex commercial disputes. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including shareholder disputes, securities litigation, franchise disputes, professional malpractice, litigation relating to real estate, commercial leasing and construction, non-competition litigation, insurance litigation and commercial tort litigation.


Jay takes great pride in being a problem solver. In his approach to cases, he strives to isolate the problem, identify the client’s specific goals, and incorporate those goals into the practical objectives of the litigation. Among various accolades, Jay is peer-review rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating.



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Representative Experience

  • Defend insurance company in property damage claims.

  • Represent shareholders in disputes against other shareholders.

  • Defended large retailer in consumer class action lawsuit.

  • Represented financial institutions and FDIC in litigation matters.

  • Represented companies in construction litigation.

  • Defended accounting services firm from professional liability claims.

  • Defended investor relations company in litigation with SEC.

  • Represented international clients in disputes related to manufacturing and construction financing.



Honors & Recognitions


  • President's Award of Merit, The Florida Bar, 2022

  • President's Award of Merit, The Florida Bar, 2021

  • "50 of the Law's Smartest, Most Courageous Innovators, Techies, Visionaries and Leaders, FASTCASE 50, 2021

  • Trailblazer Award, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, 2019

  • Top Commercial Litigation, BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®, 2021-2022

  • Distinguished Leaders Awards, Daily Business Review, 2020

  • “Top 100”, FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS, 2017-2018, 2021-2022

  • “Top 100”, MIAMI SUPER LAWYERS, 2020, 2022

  • Rated SUPER LAWYER, 2015-2022

  • Top Lawyer, SOUTH FLORIDA LEGAL GUIDE, 2012-2021

  • Legal Elite, FLORIDA TREND MAGAZINE, 2008 - 2022

  • Abogados Destacados del Sur de la Florida, REVISTAS ABOGADOS, 2013

  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award, THE FLORIDA BAR, 2015

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, BROWARD LAWYERS CARE, 2014

  • Band 4, Litigation: General Commercial, Florida, CHAMBERS USA, 2011-13

  • John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award, LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN AMERICA, 2001


Professional & Community Activities

  • The Florida Bar

    • Governor, Board of Governors

      • Executive Committee, 2020-21​

    • Fellow, Inaugural Class, Leadership Academy

    • Former Chair, Judicial Administration & Evaluation Committee

    • Former Chair, Grievance Committee

    • Former Executive Council Member, Solo & Small Firm Section

  • Former 17th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Magistrate

  • Broward County Bar Association

    • Former Board of Directors Member

    • Former Chair, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee

  • Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Past Chair of the Board

  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Past Chair of the Board

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, Director, Founding Member, and Past President

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member

  • 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Member

  • Fellows of the American Bar Association, Member



  • Fluent in Korean




  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors

    • Executive Research Editor, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy

  • ​University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics



Bar Admissions


  • All Florida state courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • United States District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida



Professional Background

  • Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP, Managing Partner

  • Steel Hector & Davis LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs), Partner

  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Associate National Bank Examiner

Related Articles

  • “Finding the Most Effective Courtroom Persona,” ABA Law Practice Today, July 12, 2018

  • Co-Author, “Why Loan Documentation Must Control Lender Behavior,” Commercial Lending Review, July – August 2008

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