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Meet the U.S. Attorney

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Joon H. Kim

Acting U.S. Attorney
Southern District of New York

Joon H. Kim is the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  As Acting U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kim oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York.  He supervises an office of about 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of important cases, including domestic and international terrorism, white collar crime, securities and commodities fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, narcotics and arms trafficking, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.   

Prior to becoming Acting U.S. Attorney on March 11, 2017, Mr. Kim served for almost two years as the Deputy U.S. Attorney, the second most senior official in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, helping to oversee both the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the Office.  Prior to becoming Deputy U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kim served from July 2014 to July 2015 as Chief of the Criminal Division, and prior to that served from April 2013 to July 2014 as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.      

Before returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in April 2013, Mr. Kim was a partner in the litigation and enforcement group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  His practice at Cleary Gottlieb focused on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, as well as commercial civil litigation and international arbitration. 

Mr. Kim served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2000 to 2006, where 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.  

Mr. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1993 and 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. 

Updated May 2, 2017

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