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Sang Ho HAN Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1177 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Sang Ho HAN Attorney
Sang Ho HAN Attorney

Sang Ho HANAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1177F.+82-2-737-9091/9092E.shhan@kimchang.com

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Sang Ho Han is the chair of the Litigation Practice at Kim & Chang. He handles both domestic and international litigation and has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. 

Mr. Han is an accomplished litigator and a trial attorney. He has successfully defended multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of cases, including professional liability, product liability, tax disputes, corporate finance and white collar crime. His domestic and foreign clients range from manufacturing companies and financial institutions to IT and high-technology companies. 

Before joining Kim & Chang in 1998, Mr. Han was a judge for 20 years in various courts of Korea, presiding over civil, criminal and administrative cases. He was a Senior Judge in the Seoul District Court and a Presiding Judge of a civil panel. He last served on the bench as a Chief Judge of Uijeongbu Branch Court of Seoul District Court. He was also a professor at the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court, where he lectured on a wide range of subjects, including civil procedure. He used to be the co-chairman of the Academy of Private Case Law Studies, an organization comprising distinguished judges and legal scholars, and he served as an editor of the journal, Private Case Law Studies. 

Mr. Han has authored many official publications including case reports, a collection of learned papers and a judicial yearbook as Chief Librarian of the Court Library of the Supreme Court of Korea. He has also published numerous articles on issues relating to litigation and product liability, including Commentaries on Civil Code (co-author, 1992), New Trends in Domain Name Related Disputes and Study in Dispute Resolution (2002) and the Korea section of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability (2006). He is a frequent guest speaker at international professional legal conferences in Korea and abroad and at various academic conferences in Korea. 

Since joining Kim & Chang, he served as a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Justice (1999-2000) where he was actively involved in the amendments to Korea’s Civil Procedure Act. He served as an Executive Director of Planning for the Korean Bar Association (2004-2006) and as a Policy Advisor to the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office (2005-2007). Mr. Han is also an experienced arbitrator on the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, having arbitrated numerous high-profile disputes.

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Experience

Adjunct Professor, Seoul National University School of Law (2015-Present) 

Chairman, Committee for Administrative Consultation and Coordination (2014-2016) 

Member, Committee for Administrative Consultation and Coordination (2012-2014) 

Policy Advisor, Supreme Public Prosecutors Office Committee (2005-2007) 

Executive Director for Planning, Korean Bar Association (2004-2006) 

Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) (2000-2013) 

Member, Judicial Advisory Committee, Minister of Justice (1999-2000) 

Kim & Chang (1998-Present) 

Chief Judge, Uijeongbu Branch Court of Seoul District Court (1997-1998) 

Senior Judge, Seoul District Court (1996-1997) 

Chief Librarian, Court Library of the Supreme Court (1995-1996) 

Senior Judge, Seoul District Court & Director General, Judicial Research Bureau, Ministry of Court Administration (1993-1995) 

Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court (1993) 

Senior Judge, Chuncheon District Court (1991-1992) 

Judge, Seoul High Court & Planning Officer, Ministry of Court Administration (1990-1991) 

Judge, Seoul High Court & Research Judge of the Supreme Court (1987-1990) 

Judge, Seoul Civil District Court & Research Judge of the Supreme Court (1986-1987) 

Judge, Hongsung Branch of Daejeon District Court (1983-1986) 

Judge, Seoul Civil District Court (1982-1983) 

Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court (1981-1982) 

Judge, Seoul Family District Court (1979-1981) 

Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Air Force (1976-1979)

Representative Mattersshow

Antitrust & Competition
 
  • Represented for administrative litigations on violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act such as collusion, abuse of market dominant position, tie-in sales, etc. 
  • Represented for administrative litigation on the initial case of extraterritorial application of the Korean Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act to a foreign company. 
  • Defended against criminal and civil claims for compensation due to violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act.
 
Product Liability
 
  • Defended against claim for compensation due to accidents caused by sudden acceleration of vehicle. 
  • Defended against claim for compensation due to computer virus. 
  • Provided advisory services for civil, criminal and media issues and dispute resolution regarding consumer complaints.
 
Corporate Governance
 
  • Defended preliminary injunction and main action regarding the General Shareholders’ Meeting and the Board of Directors’ Meeting. 
  • Defended preliminary injunction and representative suit, etc. of minority shareholders. 
  • Gave counsel for various disputes caused by M&A.
 
Corporate Investigations
 
  • Defended white collar crimes such as embezzlement, misappropriation and violation of the Punishment of Tax Evaders Act, etc.
 
Administrative Litigation
 
  • Won Supreme Court’s grand bench litigation case regarding arbitrary non-reimbursement medical care. 
  • Represented for litigations on drug price of a pharmaceutical company, cancellation of route of an airline company, restriction of business of a large-scale retail store, etc.
 
Employment
 
  • Represented for civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional litigations on subcontracting, wage, dismissal, etc. 
 
Professional Liability
 
  • Represented for civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional litigations regarding responsibility as external auditor of accountant/accounting firm. 
 
Tax
 
  • Represented for and won litigations on disposition of income regarding foreign corporation’s permanent establishment in Korea, joint expenses and embezzlement. 

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Dispute Resolution Star, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019: Product Liability and Recall (Euromoney, 2019) 
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Chambers and Partners, 2018-2019) 
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Chambers and Partners, 2018-2019) 
  • Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Dispute Resolution (Legalease, 2010-2017)

Publications/Activities
    • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2011-2013: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2011-2013) 
    • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgment (1985)

Education

    Cambridge University (Diploma in Legal Studies, 1985)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (LL.M., 1981)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1976)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1972)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1976

Languages

Korean, English, Japanese

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T. +82-2-3703-1177      F. +82-2-737-9091/9092     


  




Sang Ho Han is the chair of the Litigation Practice at Kim & Chang. He handles both domestic and international litigation and has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. 

Mr. Han is an accomplished litigator and a trial attorney. He has successfully defended multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of cases, including professional liability, product liability, tax disputes, corporate finance and white collar crime. His domestic and foreign clients range from manufacturing companies and financial institutions to IT and high-technology companies. 

Before joining Kim & Chang in 1998, Mr. Han was a judge for 20 years in various courts of Korea, presiding over civil, criminal and administrative cases. He was a Senior Judge in the Seoul District Court and a Presiding Judge of a civil panel. He last served on the bench as a Chief Judge of Uijeongbu Branch Court of Seoul District Court. He was also a professor at the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court, where he lectured on a wide range of subjects, including civil procedure. He used to be the co-chairman of the Academy of Private Case Law Studies, an organization comprising distinguished judges and legal scholars, and he served as an editor of the journal, Private Case Law Studies. 

Mr. Han has authored many official publications including case reports, a collection of learned papers and a judicial yearbook as Chief Librarian of the Court Library of the Supreme Court of Korea. He has also published numerous articles on issues relating to litigation and product liability, including Commentaries on Civil Code (co-author, 1992), New Trends in Domain Name Related Disputes and Study in Dispute Resolution (2002) and the Korea section of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability (2006). He is a frequent guest speaker at international professional legal conferences in Korea and abroad and at various academic conferences in Korea. 

Since joining Kim & Chang, he served as a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Justice (1999-2000) where he was actively involved in the amendments to Korea’s Civil Procedure Act. He served as an Executive Director of Planning for the Korean Bar Association (2004-2006) and as a Policy Advisor to the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office (2005-2007). Mr. Han is also an experienced arbitrator on the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, having arbitrated numerous high-profile disputes.






    Adjunct Professor, Seoul National University School of Law (2015-Present) 

    Chairman, Committee for Administrative Consultation and Coordination (2014-2016) 

    Member, Committee for Administrative Consultation and Coordination (2012-2014) 

    Policy Advisor, Supreme Public Prosecutors Office Committee (2005-2007) 

    Executive Director for Planning, Korean Bar Association (2004-2006) 

    Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) (2000-2013) 

    Member, Judicial Advisory Committee, Minister of Justice (1999-2000) 

    Kim & Chang (1998-Present) 

    Chief Judge, Uijeongbu Branch Court of Seoul District Court (1997-1998) 

    Senior Judge, Seoul District Court (1996-1997) 

    Chief Librarian, Court Library of the Supreme Court (1995-1996) 

    Senior Judge, Seoul District Court & Director General, Judicial Research Bureau, Ministry of Court Administration (1993-1995) 

    Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court (1993) 

    Senior Judge, Chuncheon District Court (1991-1992) 

    Judge, Seoul High Court & Planning Officer, Ministry of Court Administration (1990-1991) 

    Judge, Seoul High Court & Research Judge of the Supreme Court (1987-1990) 

    Judge, Seoul Civil District Court & Research Judge of the Supreme Court (1986-1987) 

    Judge, Hongsung Branch of Daejeon District Court (1983-1986) 

    Judge, Seoul Civil District Court (1982-1983) 

    Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court (1981-1982) 

    Judge, Seoul Family District Court (1979-1981) 

    Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Air Force (1976-1979)






Antitrust & Competition
 
  •   Represented for administrative litigations on violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act such as collusion, abuse of market dominant position, tie-in sales, etc. 
  •   Represented for administrative litigation on the initial case of extraterritorial application of the Korean Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act to a foreign company. 
  •   Defended against criminal and civil claims for compensation due to violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act.
 
Product Liability
 
  •   Defended against claim for compensation due to accidents caused by sudden acceleration of vehicle. 
  •   Defended against claim for compensation due to computer virus. 
  •   Provided advisory services for civil, criminal and media issues and dispute resolution regarding consumer complaints.
 
Corporate Governance
 
  •   Defended preliminary injunction and main action regarding the General Shareholders’ Meeting and the Board of Directors’ Meeting. 
  •   Defended preliminary injunction and representative suit, etc. of minority shareholders. 
  •   Gave counsel for various disputes caused by M&A.
 
Corporate Investigations
 
  •   Defended white collar crimes such as embezzlement, misappropriation and violation of the Punishment of Tax Evaders Act, etc.
 
Administrative Litigation
 
  •   Won Supreme Court’s grand bench litigation case regarding arbitrary non-reimbursement medical care. 
  •   Represented for litigations on drug price of a pharmaceutical company, cancellation of route of an airline company, restriction of business of a large-scale retail store, etc.
 
Employment
 
  •   Represented for civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional litigations on subcontracting, wage, dismissal, etc. 
 
Professional Liability
 
  •   Represented for civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional litigations regarding responsibility as external auditor of accountant/accounting firm. 
 
Tax
 
  •   Represented for and won litigations on disposition of income regarding foreign corporation’s permanent establishment in Korea, joint expenses and embezzlement. 





Awards

  •   Dispute Resolution Star, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019: Product Liability and Recall (Euromoney, 2019) 
  •   Leading Individual, Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Chambers and Partners, 2018-2019) 
  •   Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Chambers and Partners, 2018-2019) 
  •   Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Dispute Resolution (Legalease, 2010-2017)

Publications/Activities

  •   The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2011-2013: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2011-2013) 
  •   Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgment (1985)





Education

    Cambridge University (Diploma in Legal Studies, 1985)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (LL.M., 1981)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1976)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1972)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1976


Languages
  •    Korean, English, Japanese





Litigation ,  International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation ,  Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense ,  Product Liability & Consumer Claims