Grant L. Kim has more than 25 years of experience in international arbitration, intellectual property litigation, and other complex commercial disputes. He has successfully represented clients in numerous international arbitrations administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB). He has also obtained favorable results in litigation in the federal and state courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Kim has served as sole panelist, chair, and co-panelist for Internet domain name disputes administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization, and he is a member of the ICDR’s Roster of Neutrals and the KCAB’s Panel of Arbitrators.
Mr. Kim has handled all types of intellectual property disputes (patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks), and has experience with a wide range of technology, including computer software and hardware, semiconductors, medical devices, biotechnology, and mechanical devices. He also has extensive experience with contract, tort, and defamation disputes. He has authored numerous articles regarding international arbitration and intellectual property law and has made presentations on these subjects at conferences in the U.S. and Asia.
Mr. Kim joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in 1986, after serving as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He moved to Seoul, Korea in 2000 to join Kim & Chang, the largest Korean international law firm, helping the firm to build its international arbitration practice. He returned to the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster at the end of 2004.
Mr. Kim is the past president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of the North Pacific Coast, and former overseas president of the International Association of Korean Lawyers. He has lived in Korea, France, and Japan, and has a working knowledge of Korean and French. He is admitted to practice in California and before various federal courts.
Mr. Kim was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957; his grandparents were among the first group of Korean immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1900s. He received his B.A. degree with honors in 1978 from Pomona College, and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, in 1984 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.