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Kim represents clients in both trial and appellate courts in complex cases involving a wide variety of legal issues. She is the chair of our Appellate Group and is a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. As an appellate lawyer, she handles appeals, writs, and post-trial motions for clients in state and federal courts around the country. Kim has successfully petitioned appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, several federal appellate and state high courts, to grant discretionary review. She has secured immediate appellate review of class certification orders, and ultimately reversal of the certification orders, and has been successful in securing interlocutory appellate review of legal rulings on motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. Kim has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the state appellate courts in California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Kim is the principal author of briefs submitted to each of those courts, as well as virtually every other federal circuit court of appeals and other state appellate courts, including those in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1991, J.D., summa cum laude, Ranked first in her class; Member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Elected to Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers; Named best oralist in the American Bar Association appellate advocacy competition for the Eastern Region, best appellate advocate in the University of Pittsburgh's competition, and best trial advocate in the University's trial advocacy competition; Awarded the Thomas M. Cooley, II Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for a different piece of legal scholarship
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1988, M.A., Political Science
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1981, B.A., Politics, Philosophy and Economics

  • Pensilvania
  • California

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois

  • American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania Affiliate – President of Board of Directors
  • Member of National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Served as Director of Advising for the University of Pittsburgh Honors College during graduate and law school

Premios y reconocimientos

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Fellow
  • Named “Woman of the Year” in 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Law Women's Association, honoring a prominent and influential female Pitt Law alum
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Appellate Practice, 2008-2023. She also received the Best Lawyers™ 2015 and 2018 Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" awards in Pittsburgh
  • Selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Appellate (2009-2021)
  • Named a 2013 Appellate Star in Pennsylvania for the Third Circuit by Benchmark Litigation