Joon H. Kim
Deputy U.S. Attorney
Joon H. Kim is the Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was promoted to Deputy U.S. Attorney in July 2015, after serving as the Chief of the Criminal Division since July 2014. From April 2013 to July 2014, Mr. Kim was the Chief Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Kim first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 2000, where, 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 last four 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, Mr. Kim convicted a number of high-ranking organized crime figures, including Peter Gotti, then Boss of the Gambino Family, for conspiring to kill Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. 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 and regulatory enforcement, as well as commercial civil litigation and international arbitration.
Mr. Kim 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 the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York.
Chief, Criminal Division
Sara L. Shudofsky
Chief, Civil Division
Sara L. Shudofsky was appointed Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in June 2012.
Ms. Shudofsky returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office from Spears & Imes, where she had been a partner specializing in complex commercial litigation and civil government investigations since 2009, having joined the firm in 2007. From 1991 to 2007, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District’s Civil Division, receiving two Director’s Awards for Superior Performance, the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the New York City Bar Association, and the Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association for her work. During her tenure, Ms. Shudofsky served as the Chief Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, and Chief of the Office’s Civil Rights Unit.
Ms. Shudofsky graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from New York University School of Law in 1986. Upon graduation, she was a litigation associate at Kaye Scholer.