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Jay Kim Managing Partner

Email: jkim@kvllaw.com
Phone: (954) 527-1115
Fax: (954) 527-1116

Jay Kim

Jay Kim is an experienced litigator who is peer-review rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. Jay has worked extensively on complex commercial litigation matters and is widely regarded as a thorough and creative lawyer. He has litigated a wide variety of matters, including shareholder disputes, securities litigation, franchise disputes, professional malpractice, litigation relating to real estate, commercial leasing and construction, non-competition litigation, insurance litigation and commercial tort litigation.

Not content just to litigate cases for the sake of litigation, Jay takes great pride in being a problem solver. In his approach to cases, Jay strives to isolate the problem, identify the client’s specific goals, and incorporate those goals into the objectives of the litigation.


Representative Experience

  • Defended large retailer in consumer class action lawsuit.
  • Represented financial institutions and FDIC in litigation matters.
  • Defended insurance company in property damage claims.
  • Represented shareholders in disputes against company.
  • Represented companies in construction litigation.
  • Defended accounting services firm from professional liability claims.
  • Defended investor relations company in litigation with SEC.
  • Represented international clients in disputes related to manufacturing and construction financing.

Honors and Recognitions

  • President’s Pro Bono Service Award, THE FLORIDA BAR, 2015
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, BROWARD LAWYERS CARE, 2014
  • Band 4, Litigation: General Commercial, Florida, CHAMBERS USA, 2011-13
  • Top Lawyer, FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS, 2015
  • Top Lawyer, SOUTH FLORIDA LEGAL GUIDE, 2012-13, 2015
  • Legal Elite, FLORIDA TREND MAGAZINE, 2008-10, 2014
  • Top Up and Comer, SOUTH FLORIDA LEGAL GUIDE, 2005-10
  • Abogados Destacados del Sur de la Florida, REVISTAS ABOGADOS, 2013
  • John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award, LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN AMERICA, 2001

Professional and Community Activities

  • The Florida Bar
    • Governor, 17th Judicial Circuit, Board of Governors
    • Fellow, Inaugural Class, Leadership Academy,
    • Member, Vision 2016 Commission, Committee on Delivery of Legal Services/Pro Bono
    • Member, Annual Convention Committee
    • Past Chair, Judicial Administration & Evaluation Committee
    • Former Chair, Grievance Committee
  • Broward County Bar Association
    • Former Board of Directors Member
    • Chair, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
  • Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Past Chair of the Board
  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Past Chair of the Board
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, Director, Founding Member, and Past President
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Member
  • Fellows of the American Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member


  • Fluent in Korean


  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors
    • Executive Research Editor, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

Professional Background

  • Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP, Managing Partner
  • Steel Hector & Davis LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs), Partner
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Associate National Bank Examiner

Related Articles

Co-Author, “Why Loan Documentation Must Control Lender Behavior,” Commercial Lending Review, July – August 2008

Jay Kim Managing Partner Phone: (954) 527-1115 Fax: (954) 527-1116 Email: jkim@kvllaw.com