Pio S. KimLim, Ruger and Kim | Lim, Ruger and Kim


1055 West Seventh Street, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

47 Kearny Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: (213) 955-9500 (Ext. 129)

Fax: (213) 955-9511


Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit

Pio S. Kim has extensive experience in white collar crimes, regulatory enforcement, asset forfeiture, and complex business litigation.   For 13 years, Mr. Kim served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Fraud Section and the Asset Forfeiture Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, California.   As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Kim prosecuted criminal cases and asset forfeiture matters arising out of investment, bank, health care, and corporate frauds, commercial smuggling, and the U.S. Customs violations.  He has also conducted numerous parallel investigations with the SEC, the FTC, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and handled Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty requests, including extradition requests from the Republic of Korea.  Mr. Kim has extensive trial experience and handled multiple appeals before the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For 9 years prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Kim was an associate and later a partner at Lim Ruger.  He specialized in complex business litigation in the areas of transnational investment, banking, and intellectual property.

Representative Matters

  • Investigated and prosecuted the largest commercial smuggling case in the history of U.S. Customs, in which the documented foreign-declared value of the smuggled goods was approximately $418 million.  The U. S. government seized properties and cash with domestic value of approximately $95.5 million.
  • Investigated and prosecuted the inventor of ZACAM products for importing and distributing unapproved medicine.
  • Prosecuted forfeiture proceedings relating in the law firm Milberg Weiss, in which the U. S. government forfeited approximately $30 million.
  • Prosecuted an investment fraud in which the defendants fraudulently induced investors to invest more than $60 million into a nationwide Ponzi scheme.
  • Defended and achieved an exceedingly favorable settlement for a Korean conglomerate from a $60 million breach of contract suit in the United States by a Fortune 100 financial services provider.
  • Defended and achieved a very favorable settlement for a Korean joint venture partner in a suit brought by its U. S. joint venture partner, a Rhode Island chemical manufacturing company.

Practice Areas

Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar Defense

  • Department of Justice Investigations and Proceedings
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Investigations and Proceedings
  • Fair Trade Commission Investigations and Proceedings
  • Seizure and Asset Forfeiture

Commercial Litigation

  • Trials
  • Business Disputes
  • Unfair Competition and Business Practices
  • Securities
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1988)

Honors & Distinctions

  • Lecturer, “Forfeiting Proceeds of International Organized Crime,” spoke at the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Justice at a conference for prosecutors from various countries, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and the United States (May 2009, Tokyo, Japan). 
  • Speaker, “Search, Seizure and Forfeiture,” spoke at the invitation of the Korean Ministry of Justice at an international symposium concerning forfeiture of criminal proceeds (September 2011, Seoul, Korea).

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court (2004 to 2008)
  • Korean American Bar Association of Southern California, President (1998-1999)
  • Asian Concerns Committee, predecessor to Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Co-Chair (1994)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, co-founder
  • Public Counsel Children’s Rights Project, Pro Bono Attorney

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