Minji Kim’s practice spans several areas of litigation, with a particular focus on commercial, contract and product liability litigation.
She represents clients in complex matters and disputes involving breach of commercial contract and fiduciary duty claims, professional negligence, fraud, commercial leasing and construction litigation. She also has experience in defense of class actions involving the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Her clients include banks, investment companies and individuals in the financial services industry and commercial corporations.
In 2015, Minji was a central member of the trial team for Wells Fargo in a long pending series of three class actions under the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. All three cases were successfully resolved in favor of Wells Fargo by dismissal after trial or favorable settlement. The team succeeded in obtaining an Order of Decertification of a class of 300,000 home loan borrowers in the lead case, Mazzei v. The Money Store et al., after an adverse jury verdict. In 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the Order of Decertification. The Court of Appeals decision represented the first ruling by an appellate court on the intersection between Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution.
In 2011, she second chaired a Southern District trial successfully defending Ingersoll Rand in a $260 million dispute arising from a purchase agreement. The case resulted in a jury verdict win.
In her product liability practice, Minji has extensive experience in the defense of claims against manufacturers of pharmaceutical, medical and orthopedic devices nationwide. She also represents manufacturers of consumer products and industrial equipment against personal injury claims.
Related to her work on government contracts matters, she provides clients guidance in complying with federal, state and local public procurement requirements.
Minji devotes time to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She has been involved in pro bono cases regarding estate and immigration law. She was recently named an Empire State Counsel Honoree in recognition of her pro bono service.
In law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, an international law journal. She also organized and participated in a symposium on the financial subprime mortgage crisis. The symposium attracted global legal experts who shared their perspectives on the topic. She was also awarded the Law Opportunity Scholarship. Prior to law school, Minji worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she was second seat in numerous criminal trials and assisted in white collar cases.