National legal news source Law360 has selected Thompson Coburn partner Helen Kim as one of its 25 Influential Women in Securities Law. Others named include current SEC Chair Mary Jo White and former CFTC Chair and SEC Commissioner Mary Schapiro.
In Law360’s feature article on Helen, the publication cited her decade-long representation of Refco Inc.’s general counsel during the broker’s high-profile collapse as one of many reasons for choosing Helen for the honor.
The many-layered litigation ended just this summer when Helen won a case that creditors had appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Arnold & Porter partner Daniel Waldman, who worked with Helen on the Refco case and in litigation related to the collapse of MF Global Inc., praised her as “being very talented and a very good writer.” She’s “kind of a bulldog, they get the bone and they won’t let go,” he said.
Larry Friedman, a partner at Thompson Coburn who has worked with Helen, echoed Waldman’s praise. “She’s a very tenacious advocate. She knows the facts backwards and forwards,” he said.
The article details Helen’s career, starting with her years studying classical music at Harvard University and the Julliard School, and her difficult decision to turn away from a life as “a poor starving musician” to attend Yale Law School.
It also notes her significant community involvement, including her contributions to the work of multiple bar associations. Helen is the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Securities Litigation Committee and vice chair of its Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, as well as co-chair of the litigation section of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She also serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s joint task force for retaining and promoting women in the profession. Helen previously served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Additionally, Helen is involved in the Korean-American community in Los Angeles, serving as chair of the board of the Korean American Coalition. In the last few years, Helen has earned accolades for her efforts as a commissioner on a redistricting panel in Los Angeles, including a Civic Leadership Award from the Los Angeles League of Women Voters.
Helen joined Thompson Coburn in 2013 and is vice co-chair of the Business Litigation group. She works out of the firm’s Los Angeles office.
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