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Joanna H. Kim

Joanna H. Kim

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Joanna H. Kim represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property and business litigation matters, including copyright, trademark and patent infringement; trade secrets misappropriation; unfair competition; and royalty, licensing and other contractual and business disputes. Ms. Kim has handled all aspects of these matters, including pre-litigation counseling, equitable remedies (including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and seizures), discovery (including electronic discovery), motion practice, trial and arbitration.

Ms. Kim's clients include companies in the entertainment, technology, garment and retail industries.
Ms. Kim is currently a member of the Los Angeles office’s diversity committee.

Ms. Kim received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990. Before attending law school, she worked as an engineer in the environmental and aerospace industry. She received her J.D. in 1996 from Loyola Law School, where she was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and Phi Delta Phi and was the chief note and comment editor of the Entertainment Law Journal. She serves as president of the Korean American Bar Association and co-chairs the Intellectual Property.

Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, where she formerly served as co-chair of the Trade Secrets Subcommittee.

She also served on the board of the governors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2006 Ms. Kim was selected as a “Rising Star” by California Lawyer magazine.

Ms. Kim’s publications include Pitfalls to the Defense of Reverse Engineering and Corporate Sleuthing: Surveillance of Employee Activity to Avoid Disclosure of Trade Secrets, both published by the Section of Litigation of the ABA (2005). Her speaking engagements include Symposium on Ethics Issues Arising in the Context of Electronic Discovery and Document Destruction Policies (United States Trustee Office, September 2005) and Protecting Trade Secrets in the Digital Age Electronic Misappropriation: New Strategies for Emerging Vulnerabilities (Strafford CLE March 2008).

Ms. Kim is a member of the State Bar of California.

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