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At a Glance

Uppers

“Flexibility in your schedule”

“Collegiality among associates”

“Focus on innovation in legal practice”

Downers

“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.

Why Work Here

Kobre & Kim is an international law firm focused exclusively on cross-border disputes and investigations. With offices in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, the Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin islands, in addition to U.S. offices in Miami, New York, DC and San Francisco, Kobre & Kim continues to live up to its reputation as a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Many of our attorneys have local legal knowledge and our team fluent in more than a dozen languages. Though we are a global firm, we are committed to maintaining a close-knit and team-oriented atmosphere where attorneys from each of our offices work together to provide clients an integrated advocacy team that addresses all aspects of cross-border matters. 

Kobre & Kim LLP

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

Stats

Managing Partners: Michael S. Kim and Steven G. Kobre

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 Program

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

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

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