Sean M. Kim is an associate in the Orange County office and has extensive experience defending employers against claims brought under California’s complex wage-and-hour laws in state and federal court, as well as before state administrative judges and agencies. In addition, Mr. Kim has defended employers in class action wage-and-hour cases, obtaining favorable outcomes in matters involving hundreds to thousands of putative class members. Mr. Kim’s employment litigation practice also includes defending employers in single-plaintiff matters involving wage issues, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Mr. Kim also advises employers on employee handbooks and related policies.
Mr. Kim received his joint bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside in 2006. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Kim interned at the California Court of Appeal: 4th District, Division 2, in the chambers of Justice Thomas E. Hollenhorst (Ret.).
In 2010, Mr. Kim received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. While attending law school, Mr. Kim interned at the Cancer Legal Resource Center where he was awarded the Mary K. Hummer Scholarship for his dedication and service to the organization. He also received the first honors award in International Commercial Arbitration for obtaining the highest grade in the class.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Kim was an associate in the employment department of a boutique litigation firm. Mr. Kim was also counsel to a multi-million dollar corporation handling compliance, commercial contracts, and labor and employment matters whom he successfully represented before various government agencies including the Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department, and the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Mr. Kim was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2010. He is admitted to practice before all courts of the state and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association.