Hon. Judy H. Kim
Judge Judy H. Kim was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York, New York County on November 8, 2016, and took office on January 1, 2017. Judge Kim is currently assigned to the NYC Criminal Court, New York County.
Judge Kim has over eighteen years of legal experience. Before coming to the NYC Civil Court, Judy Kim spent several years in private practice first at Kennedy Lillis Schmidt & English, a boutique maritime/admiralty law firm, and then at Snitow Kanfer Holtzer & Millus LLP, where she specialized in commercial litigation, employment discrimination, and matrimonial matters. Immediately prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Kim served as associate counsel in the Bureau & Estates Litigation Section of the Legal Division at the New York Liquidation Bureau (“Bureau”). The Bureau oversees liquidations of bankrupt insurance companies, handles thousands of claims eligible for payment from three insurance security funds and distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in estate dividends and claim payments to injured plaintiffs. While at the Bureau, Judge Kim worked to ensure that New Yorkers received compensation for their injuries and losses after an insurance company was bankrupted, and also helped settle cases that languished for years. She also served as interim Section Chief where she managed other attorneys while simultaneously overseeing hundreds of cases.
Judge Kim received her B.A. in American History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D., cum laude from Tulane School of Law. At Tulane, she served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. Judge Kim is a life-long New Yorker who was born and raised in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay area in Manhattan.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Kim also served as the Vice Chair and board member of the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) from 2013–2016, a nonprofit, non-partisan, education and community advocacy organization that promoted active participation of the Korean and APA communities in the civic process. She also served on the board of the Stonewall Community Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that assists LGBT Seniors in procuring affordable and safe housing options in the NYC area. Judge Kim also was also a volunteer attorney at the Legal Aid Desk operated by Open Hands Legal Services, providing free legal services to low income residents and homeless people in NYC. She also served as a volunteer attorney in the Monday Night Law Clinic operated by the New York City Bar Association. Judge Kim also served on the boards of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Currently, Judge Kim’s bar memberships include: New York City Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; New York County Lawyers’ Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; Jewish Lawyers Guild; and New York Women’s Bar Association.
Judge Kim currently serves on the board of directors of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), a not-for-profit organization that focuses on breast cancer outreach and education. Judge Kim also serves as a Diversity Committee member at her alma mater, The Spence School and has been a mentor-participant in the KALAGNY Mentorship program since its inception in 2008.