Helen Kim is an aggressive trial lawyer who has dedicated her career to representing plaintiffs, particularly in the area of employment law. Since 2016, Ms. Kim has been selected every year by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Ms. Kim was recognized as one of the Up-and-Coming 50 Women Lawyers, an accolade designated among the female lawyers who ranked at the top of the list in the Southern California Rising Stars nomination, research and Blue Ribbon review process.
In 2020, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.65 million settlement on behalf of misclassified individuals against a national audit company in a class action lawsuit involving claims for intentional misclassification.
In 2019, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.55 million settlement on behalf of an individual employee against a technology start-up in Santa Monica in an arbitration involving claims for unpaid commissions, violation of Labor Code section 1102.5, race discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Ms. Kim resolved this case before any depositions were taken.
In 2018, Ms. Kim obtained a $1.06 million settlement (inclusive of fees, costs, class representative enhancement payment and PAGA payment) on behalf of a class of non-exempt former and current employees of Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, LLC.
In 2016-2017, Ms. Kim secured a $1.02 million total judgment ($307,762.00 verdict + $709,431.90 fee award) plus finding of malice, oppression or fraud against 3 managing agents in a failure to accommodate disability and wrongful termination jury trial against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (Case No. 30-2015-00768685-CU-WT-CJC (Orange County Superior Court Jan. 2015)). Ms. Kim litigated this case from its inception through the end of the seven-week jury trial in one of the most conservative jurisdictions in the State of California for plaintiffs.
Stanford University, B.A.
Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction, Ranked 1st in the Department of Communication
Gates Millennium Scholar
News Editor for The Stanford Daily
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
Civil Litigation Concentration, Editor of the Hastings Business Law Journal