Joon Kim

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Joon H. Kim
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United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
In office
March 11, 2017 – January 3, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Preet Bharara
Succeeded by Geoffrey Berman (acting) [1]
Personal details
Born Joon Hyun Kim[2]
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard Law School

Joon Hyun Kim is an American attorney who served as the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from March 2017 to January 2018.[3] He was Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from July 2015 to March 2017 after serving as the chief of the criminal division since July 2014. From April 2013 to July 2014, Kim was the chief counsel to the U.S. Attorney.

Education and early career[edit]

Kim attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he graduated in 1989, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, in 1996. After law school, he clerked for Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York.[4]


U.S. Attorney's office[edit]

Kim joined the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York in 2000. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes including racketeering, murder, money laundering, securities fraud, firearms and narcotics offenses, tax evasion, and terrorism. He spent his prior years in the office in the organized crime and terrorism unit, prosecuting violent organized crime syndicates, including Asian gangs and the Mafia.

During his tenure, Kim helped secure convictions of a number of high-ranking organized crime figures including Peter Gotti, boss of the Gambino Family, for conspiring to kill Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.

Private practice[edit]

From 2006 to 2013, Kim worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he was a partner in the litigation and enforcement group, focusing on white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, commercial civil litigation and international arbitration.[4]

Return to the U.S. Attorney's office[edit]

Kim rejoined the United States Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York as chief counsel in April 2013.[4] After becoming the chief of its criminal division in July 2014, he was promoted to Deputy U.S. Attorney in July 2015. When Preet Bharara was fired as U.S. Attorney in March 2017, Kim replaced him in an acting capacity, but had to be replaced in January 2018 because of a 300 day limit on acting U.S. attorneys.[5] Kim's term was notable for the continued prosecution of high-profile terrorism cases,[6][7] pursuing a prison term for Anthony Weiner following his guilty plea to a federal obscenity charge,[8] and for securing the conviction of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker, on fraud and conspiracy charges in a billion-dollar scheme to help Iran evade American financial sanctions via Turkish banks, despite an investigation of the American prosecutors by the government of Turkey.[9]

On November 30, 2017, Kim announced the sentencing of Aharon Goldberg, Shimen Liebowitz and Binyamin Gottlieb, three organizers of the Kiryas Joel murder conspiracy who had tried to force an end to their intended victim's marriage under Jewish marital law.[10][11]

Return to private practice[edit]

In April 2018, Kim returned as a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.[12][13]


  1. ^ New York Post. "Trump picks Preet Bharara's replacement". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Weddings – Mina Yu, Joon Kim". New York Times. January 28, 2001. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ NBC News. "Sessions uses executive authority to appoint interim U.S. attorneys". Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces The Appointment Of Chief Counsel". United States Department of Justice. April 1, 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ Feuer, Alan (January 3, 2018). "U.S. Attorneys Named in 17 Districts, Including Brooklyn and Manhattan". New York Times. p. A17. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (June 23, 2017). "Bronx Man Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Is Arrested at J.F.K." New York Times. p. A24. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Michael (October 17, 2017). "Chelsea Bomb Suspect Guilty in Attack That Sowed Terror Across Region". New York Times. p. A19. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (September 26, 2017). "Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With Teenager". New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Weiser, Benjamin; Gall, Carlotta (January 4, 2018). "Banker From Turkey Is Convicted in U.S. Over Plot to Evade Iran Sanctions". New York Times. p. A10. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Eberhart, Christopher J. (December 1, 2017). "Rockland Man Among Three Sentenced for Kidnap and Murder Plot", lohud"
  11. ^ (November 30, 2017). "Three Men Sentenced in Connection with Plot to Kidnap and Murder Husband Who Refused to Grant his Wife a Religious Divorce", United States Department of Justice
  12. ^ "Joon Kim Returns to Cleary Gottlieb", Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  13. ^ Hong, Nicole (April 2, 2018). "Former Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Rejoins Cleary Gottlieb Law Firm". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
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Preceded by
Preet Bharara
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Succeeded by
Geoffrey Berman