Paul M. Kim litigates complex civil disputes in court and arbitration. He has successfully litigated hundreds of high-value cases throughout the US on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and foreign governments. He has obtained affirmative and defensive judgments in disputes involving international contracts, business tort, securities, intellectual property, insurance, maritime, product liability, real estate and construction.

In addition to his state and federal court practice, Paul has successfully represented claimants in arbitration hearings administered under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Paul maintains an active pro bono practice on behalf of individuals and non-profit entities, including the representation of minors and asylees for adjustments of residency status before the US Immigration Court.

Paul has been recognized in successive years on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars’ list for Business Litigation in New York and is listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2024 for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation.

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Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained compensatory damages and permanent injunctions for Fendi S.r.L. in connection with the resale of counterfeit goods by major discount retailers in the US.
  • Obtained dismissal of contract claims asserted against Piaggio Group, S.p.A. under various state motor vehicle dealership laws relating to the sale of Vespa scooters.
  • Obtained dismissal of contract claims asserted against a US$10 million stakeholder under a mortgage securitization agreement for a Las Vegas resort and casino.
  • Obtained dismissal of declaratory judgment and fiduciary duty claims asserted against Ace Hotels in a control rights dispute under company’s LLC agreement.
  • Obtained favorable resolution on behalf of Itochu Corp. relating to the breach of a US$7.5 million multinational coal supply agreement after defeating motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Obtained dismissal of US$20 million tort claims asserted against Sofitel Hotel under Administrative Code 27-860 in a matter of first impression before the New York Appellate Division.
  • Obtained defense verdict on a US$2 million negligence and property damage claim asserted against subcontractor related to the construction of underground storage tanks at JFK International Airport.
  • Obtained state and federal precedent in favor of Coinbase, Inc. compelling arbitration under its user agreement’s “clickwrap” arbitration provision in first cases brought in New York.
  • Defeated preliminary injunction seeking to stay arbitration on behalf of Veolia Energy concerning the breach of an O&M agreement governing a renewable-energy electrical power facility.
  • Represented various domestic and foreign entities in confidential arbitrations before the AAA, JAMS and ICC.
Foreign Governments
  • Obtained dismissal, on foreign sovereign immunity and jurisdictional grounds, of a US$43 million contract claim concerning the purported provision of consultancy services to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Obtained dismissal of a US$2 million judgment enforcement claim asserted against the Republic of Croatia under alter ego and successor liability grounds.
  • Obtained 28 U.S.C. § 1782 discovery related to a high-value natural gas contract for use in judicial proceedings in the Republic of Turkmenistan.
Regulatory Investigations and Governmental Proceedings
  • Represented an entity in internal investigations concerning its performance of federal contracts for the installation of speed cameras under the False Claims Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of indictment against an executive charged in an alleged US$300 million securities fraud scheme involving the go-private sale of a medical billing company.


  • Fordham University, J.D., 2008
  • Rutgers University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004


  • New York
  • New Jersey

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
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