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Anisha C. Atchanah
Jay Kim
Brian L. Lerner
Kristen L. Palacio-Martinez
Cherine Smith Valbrun
Leah Storie
Robert C. L. Vaughan
   
   
   
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Jay Kim is an experienced litigator who is peer-review rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell law directory, its highest rating.

Mr. Kim has handled many cases involving shareholder disputes, professional malpractice, franchise disputes, commercial leasing matters, non-competition agreements, trade secret litigation, and commercial torts.

Not content just to litigate cases for the sake of litigation, Mr. Kim takes great pride in being a problem solver. In his approach to cases, Mr. Kim strives to isolate the problem, identify the client’s specific goals, and incorporate those goals into the objectives of the litigation.
 
Honors & Recognition
   
AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
President's Pro Bono Service Award, The Florida Bar, 2015
Broward Lawyers Care, Attorney of the Year, 2014
Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Florida, 2011, 2012, 2013
Florida Super Lawyers, 2015
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2012, 2013, 2015
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014
Revistas Abogados, Abogados Destacados del Sur de la Florida, 2013
Broward Lawyers Care, Attorney of the Month, December 2013
Lawyers for Children America, John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award, 2001
   
The Florida Bar & Community Service
   
Former Board of Director, Broward County Bar Association
Fellow, The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class
Member, The Florida Bar Vision 2016 Commission, Committee on Delivery of Legal Services/Pro Bono
Member, The Florida Bar Annual Convention Committee
Past Chair, The Florida Bar Judicial Administration & Evaluation Committee
Former Director and Past Chair, Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.
Former Director and Past Chair, Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc.
Director, founding member and first president, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida
Former Chair, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 
Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
Member, Broward County Bar Association
Member, Professionalism Committee, Broward County Bar Association
Member, 17th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
Member, Dade County Bar Association
   
Education
   
University of Florida College of Law Gainesville, Florida
  Juris Doctor, 1997, with honors.
 
Executive Research Editor, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy
Teaching Fellow in Appellate Advocacy
Teaching Fellow in Legal Research & Writing
Asian-Pacific-American Law Students Association
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
Book Awards in Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Banking Law, and Civil Clinic
   
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  B.A., Economics/Psychology, 1990
   
Bar Admissions
   
All Florida Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
   
Professional Background
   
Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2005 - present - Managing Partner. Practice areas include complex commercial litigation, insurance, appellate, and general corporate representation. Manages all administrative aspects of the law firm.
Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, Florida, 1998-2005 - Partner. Practice areas included complex commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, insurance, and appeals.
Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1997 - Judicial Clerk. Served as judicial clerk for circuit judges in the civil, criminal, family, and probate divisions.
Fleming, O’Bryan & Fleming, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1996 - Summer Clerk.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Miami, Florida, 1992 - 1995 - Associate National Bank Examiner. Analyzed and evaluated safety and soundness of national banks. Enforced compliance with banking laws and regulations. Drafted reports of examination to bank directors. Met regularly with bank officers and directors. Presented examination findings and made recommendations for corrective action.

 
 
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