John H. Kim is a seasoned, respected civil trial lawyer who handles high-stakes litigation for international corporations and the most important case of their lives for individuals who have been injured by others. He practices in Texas, nationwide and internationally.

He has been named a Best Lawyer in America in the Commercial Litigation category by his peers. Recent past president of the Houston chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), he is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Personal Injury, and he has the highest rating of AV Preeminent in the national Martindale–Hubbell legal directory. He also has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list since it was first published in 2003 and named by that group as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Houston since 2013 and a Top 100 lawyer in Texas in 2015. And he was named a Benchmark Litigation Litigation Star 2013-2016 for accomplishments in general commercial litigation cases, as well as personal injury and product liability claims.

Mr. Kim has handled complex civil cases for businesses and individuals, including energy-sector litigation, antitrust, breach of contract and trademark cases. He also has handled many product liability, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury/death trials, in addition to being appointed to MDL committees and as Class Action Counsel.

He received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where he was an ABA National Moot Court Champion, a member of the law review and received multiple honors, including Phi Delta Phi, Order of Lytae and Order of Barristers. He earned his B.B.A. in International Marketing from the University of Texas.

Mr. Kim is a member of the Planning Committee of the Center for Legal Responsibility, Texas Bar Foundation – Life Fellow, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Houston Trial Lawyers – Board of Directors, Asian-American Bar Association – Board of Directors, and State Bar Grievance Committee. He also is a Moot Court Adviser for South Texas College of Law and a member in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club. He earned selection to the “Who’s Who in Energy” list of energy industry leaders in seven major U.S. cities in 2012-2014.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal for the 5th and 7th circuits, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Kim has been active in causes he cares about. He participated in the tort reform fight in the Texas Legislature and testified for the Autism Society of Texas on the impact of proposed legislation regarding autistic children. He has also been involved in the proposed federal legislation surrounding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

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+Areas of Practice
Business & Commercial Litigation
Consumer Protection
Oil & Gas Litigation
Nursing Home
Intellectual Property Law
Litigation & Appeals
Mergers & Acquisitions
Wrongful Death – Defense
Personal Injury – Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Railroad Worker Injury/FELA
Securities Law
Wrongful Death
Catastrophic Personal Injury
Consumer Fraud
Commercial Anti-Trust
Medical Device Liability
Pharmaceutical Liability
Personal Injury, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
+Bar Admissions
Texas, 1992
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Supreme Court
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1992, J.D.
Honors: Phi Delta Phi Academic Honor Fraternity
Honors: Order of Lytae Academic Honor Fraternity
Honors: Order of Barristers
Honors: ABA National Moot Court Champion
Law Review: South Texas College of Law, Law Review

University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1983, B.B.A.
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Fraternity
Honors: Alpha Lamda Delta Academic Honor Fraternity
Major: International Business
Major: Marketing

+Classes/Seminars Taught
“Video Voir Dire to Verdict,” Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association – Annual Seminar

“Winning with the Masters – Voir Dire,” Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1991

“Voir Dire,” South Texas College of Law – Automobile Injury Litigation, 1992

“Voir Dire Skills & Methodology,” Texas College of Trial Advocacy – 15th Annual Civil Trial Advocacy Course, 1992

“Practice Note: Subsequent Remedial Measures,” Gallagher, Texas Torts & Remedies

“Handling Product Liability Cases Prior to Filing Suit,” Florida Trial Lawyers Association – Seventh Annual Workhorse Seminar, 1993

“Complex Settlement Negotiations and the Impact of Contribution,” San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association – Fine-Tuning Techniques – The Trial Edge, 1993

“Proving Difficult Damages,” University of Houston Law Foundation – Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Litigation, 1994

“Trial Practice & Procedure – Cross and Direct Examination,” Houston Bar Association Institute, 1994

“Cross Examination in a Products Case,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association – Advanced Products Liability, 1994

“Advanced Civil Discovery – Discovery and Automation,” University of Houston Law Foundation, 1994

“Advanced Civil Discovery – Discovery and Automation,” Center for Legal Education, 1994

“How Tactics Have Changed with New Laws for Joint and Several Liability, Punitive Damages and Medical Malpractice Reform,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association – 7th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, 1996

“Burdens of Tort Reform,” University of Houston, 1997

“A New Paradigm for Reducing Complex Litigation Costs and Increasing Profitability: Law-Based Case Management,” Harris County Judicial Education Conference, Harris County District Court Judges CLE Program, 2009

“How Forest Oil Affects Schlumberger and Disclaimers of Reliance in Texas,” Harris County Judicial Education Conference, 2010

+Honors and Awards

Best Lawyer in America, Commercial Litigation, 2016

Martindale–Hubbell AV Rated

Texas Super Lawyers since 2003

Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 lawyers in Houston since 2013

Texas Super Lawyers Top 100 lawyers in Texas 2015

Benchmark Litigation 2013-2016 Litigation Star

International Who’s Who of Professionals

“Who’s Who in Energy” list of energy industry leaders in seven major U.S. cities in 2012-2014

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Life Fellow, Houston Bar Association

+Professional Associations/Memberships
American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas, State Bar Grievance Committee

President, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Houston Chapter, 2012

Texas Young Lawyers Association, Star Mentor Program

American Association for Justice

Board of Directors, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994–96

Vice Chair – Political, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1997

Fundraising Committee, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1997

Legislative Team Tort Reform, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2003

Board of Directors, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1994–96

Board of Directors, Asian-American Bar Association, 1996–97

Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2004

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2005

Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Petitioner’s Steering Committee for the Autism Omnibus Proceedings, 2001–07

Board of Directors, Center for Hearing and Speech

South Texas College of Law, Alumni Association

Budget Committee, South Texas College of Law

Various Fund-Raising Committees, South Texas College of Law

Center for Legal Responsibility Planning Committee, South Texas College of Law

Texas Irish Lawyers Association

+Past Employment Positions
Gallagher, Lewis, Downey & Kim, 1999–2003

The Steidley–Kim Law Firms, 1996–99

Fisher, Gallagher & Lewis, L.L.P., 1992–96

+Pro Bono Activities
Platinum Member, The Verdict Club