Youbum Kim Partner
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Youbum Kim is a partner at Yoon & Yang LLC, and his main practice area is corporate litigation specifically related to corporate civil and criminal cases.
Mr. Kim started his public service as a judge of the Seoul Central District Court after completing legal training at the Judicial Research and Training Institute (26th class). Mr. Kim served as a judge at the Seoul Southern District Court, the Jinju Branch of the Changwon District Court, the Seoul Central District Court, the Seoul Eastern District Court and the Seoul High Court, etc., the 1st and 2nd Director of Planning at the National Court Administration, and a chief judge of the Seoul High Court, etc. before joining the firm.


  • 2016-present Yoon & Yang LLC
  • 2018-present Outside Expert, Contract Deliberation Committee, Korea District Heating Corporation
  • 2012-16 Chief Judge, Seoul High Court
  • 2009-11 1st & 2nd Director of Planning, National Court of Administration
  • 2009 Judge, Seoul High Court
  • 2006-09 Judge, Seoul Eastern District Court
  • 2004-06 Judge, Seoul Central District Court
  • 2003-04 Judge, Jinju Branch of Changwon District Court
  • 2002-03 Judge, Sancheong-gun and Sacheon City Court of the Jinju Branch of Changwon District Court
  • 2001-02 Judge, Jinju Branch of Changwon District Court
  • 1999-01 Judge, Seoul Southern District Court
  • 1997-99 Judge, Seoul Central District Court


  • 1997 Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 1994 Seoul National University College of Law, LL.B.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Shinhan Bank on the recruitment scandal case
  • Handled a case involving the National Court Administration’s judicial influence-peddling
  • Represented a former general in a bribery case
  • Handled a false appraisal case involving a certified public appraiser
  • Represented a construction company in the case involving the legal nature and illegality of preferential bidder selection by a contractor in the BLT project bidding process


  • Asia's Top 15 Litigators, Asian Legal Business (2023)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation, Legal Times (2019)


  • Korea Chapter, Product Liability & Safety, Chambers Global Practice Guides, Chambers and Partners (Co-author, 2023)