Lecturer in Law
Sallie Kim is a litigation partner with a practice covering a broad spectrum of complex and commercial matters, including general commercial litigation, employment litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, and real estate litigation, in both state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation. She represents individuals and private and public companies.
Previously, she practiced in the Financial Products Group of Duane Morris LLP in San Francisco, California, and the litigation departments of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in Palo Alto, California. She also served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Stanford Law School from 1995 to 1999, where she was also a Lecturer in Law and taught a course in Advanced Evidence. She was a law clerk for the Hon. Spencer Williams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, from 1989 to 1991.
Ms. Kim graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1986 with a major in the Woodrow Wilson School, and she received a Certificate in the Program in East Asian Studies. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she won the prize for Best Team of Advocates in the Kirkwood Moot Court competition and where she served as Chair of the Asian Law Students Association and as a member of the Stanford Law Review.
Ms. Kim has served on the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School and the Site Council for Baywood Elementary School (San Mateo-Foster City School District). She has also served as Alumni Secretary for the Class of 1986 for Princeton University (1986 – 91) and Alumni Secretary for the Class of 1989 for Stanford Law School (1994 – 2006). She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center of San Francisco, California since 1999. Ms. Kim has served on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) and the separate APABA-SV Charity Foundation and has served as Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
Ms. Kim has substantial trial experience. In 2010, Ms. Kim served as a full-time, Volunteer Deputy District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Clara County, where she tried five cases to verdict and in which she secured a conviction in each case. In 2012, Ms. Kim tried two cases to verdict with awards for her clients. In Brown v. TPL, Ms. Kim obtained a jury verdict of $8.9 million after a lengthy trial for her clients for breach of contract and a settlement for a separate claim for misappropriation of likeness, in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The jury found in favor of Ms. Kim’s clients and refused to award the defendant any damages for seven cross-claims. In Dyste v. Mahal, Ms. Kim obtained a verdict for her client of 100% of the client’s damages, after a bench trial in Alameda County Superior Court.