Sam Kim is an accomplished litigator who is experienced in representing public and private entities in a wide range of matters involving complex commercial litigation, intellectual property and government investigations.

    Sam has tried numerous jury trials, reviewed hundreds of formal investigations and prosecuted thousands of immigration cases. He served on active duty in the US Marine Corps as a criminal prosecutor and served in the US Marine Corps Reserves as general counsel for multiple Force-level commands. He remains in the Reserves, where he currently represents the government in employment termination hearings.

    Sam is a natural born leader in addition to being an excellent lawyer. He is a Diversity Champion on the firm’s Veterans Resource Group, currently serves as a director on the board for the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association and is a past board member for a local chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

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    • Provided general business litigation and counseling with an emphasis on defending claims of breach of contract, defamation, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
    • Representation of a billion dollar footwear manufacturer in a global trademark dispute.
    • Representation of multiple tech companies involving sophisticated trade secrets.
    • Representation of a pharmaceutical company expanding its cannabidiol patent portfolio.
    • Successfully prosecuted a considerable number of cases for violations of military, state and federal laws.
    • Managed thousands of claims involving asylum, cancellation of removal and adjustment of status in Immigration Court on behalf of the US government.
    • Instituted legal proceedings against various private entities for Employment Eligibility Verification violations on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Worksite Enforcement team.
    • Secured a permanent injunction for a pro bono client.


    • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 2004
    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 2000


    • California, 2013

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Major, US Marine Corps Reserve
    • Board of Directors, Vanderbilt University Alumni Association
    • Vanderbilt CORPS Recruiter/Volunteer


    • English
    • Spanish
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