Kobre & Kim at a Glance


  • “Responsibility given to associates”
  • “Generous compensation”


  • “Swings in amount of work”
  • “Administrative things could be smoother”

About Kobre & Kim

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. 


July 2016
Chambers Recognition

Chambers & Partners has recognized Kobre & Kim and a number of the firm's attorneys for outstanding achievements over the past year in the fields of General Commercial Litigation, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Restructuring/Insolvency.  The publication ranked the firm for its work in China and Latin America, as well as in the US and globally. In addition, the Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide recognized Kobre & Kim's Corporate Investigations practice. Clients characterized the firm as a "strong team" that has "deep experience in fraud, asset recovery and investigations, with able and commercially savvy lawyers."

Top 500

Kobre & Kim has been recognized as a leading firm in General Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense in The Legal 500 2016 rankings. Of the firm's general commercial capabilities, the guide notes, "Kobre & Kim's conflict-free model sees it acting as special litigation counsel in high-stakes litigation for a variety of well-known clients. With a presence in the US, Hong Kong, London and offshore jurisdictions, it excels in cross-border disputes." The "very strong" Kobre & Kim White-Collar Criminal Defense team is noted for "an excellent reputation for representing individuals in high-profile cases, and has real strength in international investigations."

Hitting the Mark

Hailed as "truly unique," Kobre & Kim was highly ranked in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The guide praises the firm's focus on cross-border matters and disputes involving monetary amounts of $50 million and higher, as well as the firm's conflict-free business model. One peer noted "It must take a lot of discipline to do this, because your natural inclination as a firm is to want to grab at repeat business but Kobre & Kim has stayed true to its model, and it seems to be working for them because they get a ton of business that others are conflicted out of."

June 2016
London Calling

Kobre & Kim strengthens its Government Enforcement & Investigations team with the addition of Jason A. Masimore in London.  As a former prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Masimore will focus his practice on advising corporations and individuals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa facing allegations of corruption/bribery, securities, tax and accounting fraud, market manipulation, and violations of U.S. sanctions, among other violations. Mr. Masimore brings extensive experience investigating criminal matters to the firm's London office, a team that includes other former US Department of Justice lawyers permanently based in the UK-Roger Burlingame and Lara Levinson.

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Kobre & Kim

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Hiring Partners: Jason Masimore, Jef Zlazen, Jonathan Cogan, and Michael Ng
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 90

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000

  • 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 • London • Hong Kong • Seoul • Washington, DC • San Francisco • Miami • Cayman Islands • British Virgin Islands • Chicago • Tel Aviv • Turks and Caicos Islands