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Sungwook KIM Attorney

Sungwook KIM Attorney
Sungwook KIM Attorney

Sungwook KIMAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-4708 F.+82-2-737-9091/2 E.sungwook.kim@kimchang.com

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Bio

Sungwook Kim is an attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices in a wide range of litigation areas but primarily focuses on privacy, product liability, corporate litigation (civil & criminal), injunctive relief and labor relations litigation. 

Mr. Kim has extensive experience in dealing with various types of cases from his tenure as a judge for 15 years. He has experienced all the tasks of first trial, appellate trial and appeal by the Supreme Court of Korea. He also worked as a Senior Research Judge at the Supreme Court of Korea for two years (2012-2014) and is well informed of the procedures and know-how about dealing with cases at the Supreme Court level. 

After joining Kim & Chang in 2014, Mr. Kim has brought about successful outcomes in various civil and criminal cases regarding privacy, and has dealt with a variety of legal disputes on behalf of corporations, such as corporate M&A related litigations, product liability litigations, labor issues and other administrative disputes. He has also been involved in various appeal cases in the Supreme Court and provided related counsel. 

Since 2001, he has also been a member of the Korea Academy of Private Case Law Studies, which is one of the most eminent law societies of Korea. 

Profile

Experience

Kim & Chang (2014-Present) 

Research Judge, Supreme Court (2012-2014) 

Presiding Judge, Tongyeong Branch of Changwon District Court (2011-2012) 

Judge, Seoul High Court (2009-2011) 

Director of Judicial Policy, National Court Administration (2007-2009) 

Judge, Seosan Branch of Daejeon District Court (2005-2007) 

Judge, Chungju Branch of Cheongju District Court (2003-2004) 

Judge, Seoul Administrative Court (2001-2003) 

Judge, Seoul District Court (1999-2001) 

Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (1996-1999)

Representative Mattersshow

Civil/Criminal Cases Regarding Personal Information
 
  • Civil case regarding claim for damages due to leak of personal information. 
  • Criminal case against employees and executives of a company which illegally collected personal and medical information and civil case regarding claim for damages against the company. 
  • Civil and criminal cases regarding companies involved in collection of medical information and provision of third parties. 
 
Civil & Criminal Cases Involving Corporations
 
  • Various cases of preliminary injunction regarding mergers of domestic conglomerates. 
  • Cases of preliminary injunction regarding hostile M&A of a listed company. 
  • Civil cases and injunction regarding Drag and Call in contract of shareholders. 
  • Claim for damages in relation to violation of the Fair Trade Law through bid rigging. 
  • Criminal cases regarding M&A and breach of fiduciary duty. 
  • Criminal case related to violation of the Fair Trade Law through bid rigging in vaccine tender.   
  • Criminal case related to violation of the Network Act and the Copyright Act through crawling. 
 
Cases Regarding Product Liability
 
  • Claim for damages against tobacco companies. 
  • Claim for damages against a home shopping company regarding product liability. 
  • Claim for damages related to household chemical products. 
  • Claim for damages related to cars against an overseas automobile company. 
  • Claim for product liability damages against a foreign pharmaceutical company and a foreign medical device manufacturer. 
 
Cases Regarding Employment
 
  • Civil cases regarding employee status of insurance telemarketers. 
  • Civil cases against foreign companies related to appeal of wrongful termination and promotion.   
  • Civil case related to claims for severance pay according to the business performance payment. 
  • Civil claim for an auto-planner’s employee-related severance pay. 
 
Other Cases
 
  • Case related to a request for cancellation of an administrative fine against a defense contractor. 
  • Multiple criminal cases related to executives of large corporations. 
  • Claim for damages against a corporation due to infection of COVID-19. 
  • Civil claim against domestic airlines in relation to mileage terms.
  • Injunction case against IT companies regarding exclusion of Qualified Bidders.

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year, Legal Times: Litigation (Legal Times, 2021) 
  • Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year, ALB Korea Law Awards (Asian Legal Business, 2021)

Publications/Activities
    • "Crime of Violating the Smuggling Control Act and the Suspension of the Statute of Limitations," Interpretation of Supreme Court Precedents Vol. 94 (Court Library, 2012) 
    • "Whether the Crime of Injury or Death, such as Rape by Simple Rape Conducted before the Amendment of the Special Act on the Treatment of Appeals and Punishment of Specific Robbery in the Event of a Violation of the People's Participation Constitutes a Special Force Crime" (Court Library, 2012) 
    • "The Principle of Faithfulness and Demand for an Extension of the Retirement Day for Civil Servants,” Interpretation of Supreme Court Precedents Vol. 91 (Court Library, 2012) 
    • "Executive Manual of Administrative Tribunal (II)" (Co-author, Seoul Administration Court, 2003) 
    • "Executive Manual of Administrative Tribunal (III)" (Co-author, Seoul Administration Court, 2003) 
    • "The Extent of Undue Enrichment in Case of Installing and Possessing Facilities (power cable) on Other's Land without Permission," Judicial Review on Civil Cases (Vol. XXV) (2003) 
    • "Legal Nature of the Action for the Increase or Decrease of the Compensation Based on the Act of the Acquisition of Estate for Public Works and the Compensation" (BupJo (Korean Lawyers Association Journal), 2002.10.)

Education

    Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2004-2005) 

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (1998) 

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1996) 

    Seoul National University (LL.B., 1993)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1996

Languages

Korean and English

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Sungwook KIM
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-4708      
F. +82-2-737-9091/2
     


  




Sungwook Kim is an attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices in a wide range of litigation areas but primarily focuses on privacy, product liability, corporate litigation (civil & criminal), injunctive relief and labor relations litigation. 

Mr. Kim has extensive experience in dealing with various types of cases from his tenure as a judge for 15 years. He has experienced all the tasks of first trial, appellate trial and appeal by the Supreme Court of Korea. He also worked as a Senior Research Judge at the Supreme Court of Korea for two years (2012-2014) and is well informed of the procedures and know-how about dealing with cases at the Supreme Court level. 

After joining Kim & Chang in 2014, Mr. Kim has brought about successful outcomes in various civil and criminal cases regarding privacy, and has dealt with a variety of legal disputes on behalf of corporations, such as corporate M&A related litigations, product liability litigations, labor issues and other administrative disputes. He has also been involved in various appeal cases in the Supreme Court and provided related counsel. 

Since 2001, he has also been a member of the Korea Academy of Private Case Law Studies, which is one of the most eminent law societies of Korea. 






    Kim & Chang (2014-Present) 

    Research Judge, Supreme Court (2012-2014) 

    Presiding Judge, Tongyeong Branch of Changwon District Court (2011-2012) 

    Judge, Seoul High Court (2009-2011) 

    Director of Judicial Policy, National Court Administration (2007-2009) 

    Judge, Seosan Branch of Daejeon District Court (2005-2007) 

    Judge, Chungju Branch of Cheongju District Court (2003-2004) 

    Judge, Seoul Administrative Court (2001-2003) 

    Judge, Seoul District Court (1999-2001) 

    Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (1996-1999)






Civil/Criminal Cases Regarding Personal Information
 
  •   Civil case regarding claim for damages due to leak of personal information. 
  •   Criminal case against employees and executives of a company which illegally collected personal and medical information and civil case regarding claim for damages against the company. 
  •   Civil and criminal cases regarding companies involved in collection of medical information and provision of third parties. 
 
Civil & Criminal Cases Involving Corporations
 
  •   Various cases of preliminary injunction regarding mergers of domestic conglomerates. 
  •   Cases of preliminary injunction regarding hostile M&A of a listed company. 
  •   Civil cases and injunction regarding Drag and Call in contract of shareholders. 
  •   Claim for damages in relation to violation of the Fair Trade Law through bid rigging. 
  •   Criminal cases regarding M&A and breach of fiduciary duty. 
  •   Criminal case related to violation of the Fair Trade Law through bid rigging in vaccine tender.   
  •   Criminal case related to violation of the Network Act and the Copyright Act through crawling. 
 
Cases Regarding Product Liability
 
  •   Claim for damages against tobacco companies. 
  •   Claim for damages against a home shopping company regarding product liability. 
  •   Claim for damages related to household chemical products. 
  •   Claim for damages related to cars against an overseas automobile company. 
  •   Claim for product liability damages against a foreign pharmaceutical company and a foreign medical device manufacturer. 
 
Cases Regarding Employment
 
  •   Civil cases regarding employee status of insurance telemarketers. 
  •   Civil cases against foreign companies related to appeal of wrongful termination and promotion.   
  •   Civil case related to claims for severance pay according to the business performance payment. 
  •   Civil claim for an auto-planner’s employee-related severance pay. 
 
Other Cases
 
  •   Case related to a request for cancellation of an administrative fine against a defense contractor. 
  •   Multiple criminal cases related to executives of large corporations. 
  •   Claim for damages against a corporation due to infection of COVID-19. 
  •   Civil claim against domestic airlines in relation to mileage terms.
  •   Injunction case against IT companies regarding exclusion of Qualified Bidders.





Awards

  •   Lawyer of the Year, Legal Times: Litigation (Legal Times, 2021) 
  •   Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year, ALB Korea Law Awards (Asian Legal Business, 2021)

Publications/Activities

  •   "Crime of Violating the Smuggling Control Act and the Suspension of the Statute of Limitations," Interpretation of Supreme Court Precedents Vol. 94 (Court Library, 2012) 
  •   "Whether the Crime of Injury or Death, such as Rape by Simple Rape Conducted before the Amendment of the Special Act on the Treatment of Appeals and Punishment of Specific Robbery in the Event of a Violation of the People's Participation Constitutes a Special Force Crime" (Court Library, 2012) 
  •   "The Principle of Faithfulness and Demand for an Extension of the Retirement Day for Civil Servants,” Interpretation of Supreme Court Precedents Vol. 91 (Court Library, 2012) 
  •   "Executive Manual of Administrative Tribunal (II)" (Co-author, Seoul Administration Court, 2003) 
  •   "Executive Manual of Administrative Tribunal (III)" (Co-author, Seoul Administration Court, 2003) 
  •   "The Extent of Undue Enrichment in Case of Installing and Possessing Facilities (power cable) on Other's Land without Permission," Judicial Review on Civil Cases (Vol. XXV) (2003) 
  •   "Legal Nature of the Action for the Increase or Decrease of the Compensation Based on the Act of the Acquisition of Estate for Public Works and the Compensation" (BupJo (Korean Lawyers Association Journal), 2002.10.)





Education

    Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2004-2005) 

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (1998) 

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1996) 

    Seoul National University (LL.B., 1993)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1996


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Privacy Litigation ,  Technology, Media & Telecommunications Litigation ,  Product Liability & Consumer Claims ,  Criminal Defense Litigation ,  Corporate & M&A Litigation ,  Employment Litigation ,  Administrative & Public Law Litigation ,  Litigation ,  Antitrust & Competition Litigation