Grant L. Kim


San Francisco

Phone: (415) 619-3320 (Ext. 1003)
Fax: (213) 955-9511

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court: Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Federal, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Articles & Presentations

    • Author, Korea’s “Bali Bali” Growth in International Arbitration, 15 PEPPERDINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION LAW JOURNAL 615 (2015)
    • Author, Winning an International Arbitration: Key Points for Korean Companies, KOREAN ARBITRATION REVIEW (November 2013)
    • Author, East Asian Cultural Influences, Asian Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration (2007)
    • Speaker, Developments in International Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region, AAA Arbitration Summit, Los Angeles (December 2016)
    • Speaker, Cross-Border Tech Disputes, ICDR and SVAMC Conference, Silicon Valley (September 2016)
    • Speaker and Moderator, Korea: the ‘New Wave’ In International Arbitration, KCAB Seminar, Los Angeles, (September 2016)
    • Conference Organizer and Moderator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Conference on Resolving Disputes with Companies from Asia, San Francisco (January 2016)

Grant L. Kim has 30 years of experience with both international arbitration and patent litigation. He has successfully represented clients in numerous international arbitrations based in Asia, the U.S. and Europe, under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB). He has also obtained favorable results in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation in the federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as in other commercial litigation.

Mr. Kim has served as an ICDR arbitrator and has decided Internet domain name disputes for the ICDR and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the ICDR, KCAB, and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and of the Tech List of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). He has handled arbitrations arising from patent and other technology licenses, as well as construction, joint venture, distributorship, M&A, and other types of contracts. He has worked with companies from Asia, the U.S., and Europe, and has dealt with the laws of multiple countries.

Mr. Kim has experience with a wide range of technology, including biotechnology, computer software and hardware, smartphones, semiconductors, medical devices, and mechanical devices. He excels at explaining complex technology in a simple, clear manner. He has authored numerous articles regarding international arbitration and intellectual property and frequently makes presentations on these subjects at conferences in the U.S. and Asia.

Before joining LimNexus, Mr. Kim worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco for twenty-five years and at Kim & Chang in Seoul for close to five years. He also served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His grandparents were among the first wave of Korean immigrants to the U.S. in the early 1900’s; he learned Korean as an adult while living and working in Korea, first as an English teacher and later as an attorney.

Mr. Kim is based in San Francisco.

Representative Matters

  • Sole ICDR arbitrator in technology license dispute between parties from California and Asia.
  • Sole ICDR arbitrator in trade secret dispute between U.S. company and former employee.
  • Lead counsel for Korean company in ICDR arbitration in Seoul against its former North American distributor.
  • Lead counsel for European company in KCAB arbitration in Seoul arising from $400 million power plant construction project.
  • Co-lead counsel in ICC arbitration in Switzerland involving biotech patent license.
  • Represented German company in ICC arbitration in Switzerland arising from Linux technology license; also represented U.S. parent company in related U.S. litigation involving UNIX copyrights.
  • Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement and award of Rule 11 sanctions in patent litigation.
  • Obtained summary judgment of patent ineligibility for U.S. biotech company.
  • Obtained reversal of judgment of willful infringement in appeal to the Federal Circuit.
  • Trial counsel in ITC patent case involving video chip technology.
  • Trial counsel in patent jury trial involving computer technology.
  • Lead counsel for Korean company in ICC arbitration in London arising from Middle East construction project.
  • Obtained large award of damages for U.S. private equity company in ICC arbitration in Singapore, arising from investment in Korean credit card company.
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment rulings in separate libel suits against a large U.S. newspaper and a small Korean American newspaper.

Practice Areas


  • Patent, Copyright, and Technology Licenses
  • Construction Projects
  • Joint Venture and Distributorship Disputes
  • M&A, Stock Purchase, and Shareholder Agreements
  • Political Risk Insurance and Other Commercial Disputes


  • Patent, Copyright, and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Business Disputes
  • Cross-Border and Multi-Country Disputes
  • Construction Projects
  • Media and First Amendment Defense


  • University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Pomona College (B.A., 1978)

Foreign Languages

  • Korean and French (intermediate)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyer, International (2013-Present)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow, Northern California Chair, No. American Branch Exec. Comm.
  • Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, Board Member
  • Council of Korean Americans, Issues Committee Co-Chair
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers, Former Overseas President
  • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California: Co-Founder and Former President