Kobre & Kim LLP at a Glance


  • “Flexibility in your schedule”
  • “Collegiality among associates”
  • “Focus on innovation in legal practice”


  • “There's not much administrative support”
  • “Some unpredictable long work hours due to increased volume of cases”
  • “Performance expectations are very high”

About Kobre & Kim LLP

Founded in 2003, Kobre & Kim is global law firm focused exclusively on international disputes and investigations, often involving allegations of fraud or misconduct. Founded by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, the firm has organically grown to over 250 employees working out of offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, US and Caribbean, Kobre & Kim continues to live up to its reputation as a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. And with an added bonus: the firm boasts the fact that it generally avoids repeat client relationships and is therefore "conflict-free." As such, it maintains a diverse client base ranging from Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds and private equity firms to top-level corporate executives and foreign citizens, and remains unencumbered by long-term client relationships that so often stifle the workflow of other law firms and instead is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle complex disputes on behalf of their clients

Dream Team

Experienced trial lawyers Michael Kim and Steven Kobre founded the firm after working together as Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York. There, as members of the Department of Justice's Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, they prosecuted major securities fraud cases including the $75 million case against brokerage firm Sterling Foster, said to be the inspiration for the 2000 Ben Affleck film Boiler Room. Kim and Kobre decided to harness their expertise to start their own firm and recruited colleagues from across the pond to join them. Their team now includes three English Queen's Counsel, as well as English barristers qualified to practice in the UK and other offshore jurisdictions, and Hong Kong solicitors. On the U.S. side, the firm's lawyers include more than a dozen former federal prosecutors and former enforcement lawyers of the SEC almost half of which are based outside of the U.S. the firm's Hong Kong, Seoul, London and Tel Aviv offices. A team of analysts completes the picture, providing specialized knowledge of the financial industry that Kobre & Kim's complex cases often require.

Conflict Resolution, Without the Conflict

Kobre & Kim focuses exclusively on litigation and prides itself on its aggressive, trial-focused strategy. And by generally avoiding repeat client relationships that create conflicts of interest, the firm maintains its ability to litigate against a wide range of institutions. This unique attribute, combined with its multi-jurisdictional presence, makes Kobre & Kim advantageously positioned to handle complex cross-border disputes. Kobre & Kim's fierce litigators are often brought in to handle trial work while partnering with other law firms that continue an advisory role. It has received widespread recognition for its work in numerous areas including white-collar defense, internal investigations, debtor-creditor litigation, international judgment enforcement, asset forfeiture/confiscation and offshore asset recovery.

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Kobre & Kim LLP

800 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 488-1200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Michael S. Kim and Steven G. Kobre
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 115

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $190,000
    2nd year: $200,000
    3rd year: $220,000
    4th year: $255,000
    5th year: $280,000
    6th year: $305,000
    7th year: $325,000
    8th year+ :$340,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    Kobre & Kim does not offer a summer associate program.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Financial Products & Services Litigation • Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Disputes • International Judgment Enforcement & Offshore Asset Recovery • Government Enforcement Defense • Investigations & Monitorships • Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation • Joint Venture & Partnership Disputes • International Arbitrations • Trusts & Estates Litigation • Class & Derivative Actions

Major Office Locations

  • New York (HQ) • Chicago • San Francisco • Miami • Washington, DC | British Virgin Islands • Buenos Aires • Cayman Islands • Hong Kong • London • Seoul • Shanghai • Tel Aviv