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David Kim

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Glendale, CA

Wright Kim Douglas, ALC
130 S. Jackson St.
Glendale, CA 91205
Phone: 626-356-3900
Fax: 626-298-8600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business
Languages Spoken: English, Korean
Attorney Profile

Attorney David Kim is the managing partner of the Wright Kim Douglas, ALC, law firm in Glendale, California. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Los Angeles metro region and surrounding areas, Mr. Kim represents the rights, interests and goals of those who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Probate and trust litigation

·        Trust and estate administration

Over the course of his more than 15 years practicing law, Mr. Kim has gained significant experience with complex business and real estate transactions, and he also holds his license as a real estate broker in California. His extensive experience in these areas helps him better address his clients' issues with regard to protecting their most valuable and important assets upon their passing.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Kim also served on the Orange County and Los Angeles County District Attorney's offices, where he acquired invaluable trial experience and handled oversight for numerous Title VII and FEHA litigation matters. He also has extensive experience handling a variety of cases before Child Support Services, the Department of Beaches & Harbor, the Department of Children & Family Services, the Office of Affirmative Action Compliance and the Department of Human Resources.

Recognized for his exemplary professional standards and outstanding legal services, Mr. Kim has earned designation as a Top 100 Lawyer from The National Advocates as well as a Top One Percent attorney from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. In addition, Pasadena Magazine voted him a Top Attorney in his region, and he has received Avvo's Clients' Choice Award for litigation in 2015.

A 1991 graduate of the University of California with a concentration in real property and development finance, Mr. Kim obtained his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in 2003, where he graduated within the top 5% of his class.

While pursuing his legal degree, he earned the American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award for his exceptional contributions in legal research and writing. Licensed to practice in California and Washington, D.C., he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Kim is a member of The State Bar of California's Family Law and Litigation sections, as well as the Pasadena Bar and Los Angeles County Bar associations. He has also served on the board of directors of the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals and Glendale Memorial Hospital, as well as the YMCA of the Foothills.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Real Estate: Business


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About David Kim

First Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Fiduciary Boot Camp, Pincus Professional Education with Co-Speaker Norine Boehmer, DoubleTree by Hilton, Los Angeles Downtown, March 9, 2018
  • When to Join the Fight: Fiduciary Neutrality & Rules of Ethics, Fiduciary Round Table, University Club, Pasadena, CA, May 8, 2019
  • The Interplay Between Business Entities and Fiduciary Trustees, 24th Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speaker Hon. Brenda Penny, Assistant Supervising Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, Disneyland Resort Hotel, Anaheim, CA, May 4, 2019
  • When to Join the Fight: Fiduciary Neutrality and Rules of Ethics, Glendale Estate Planning Council, with Co-Speaker Lauriann Wright; Tam O'Shanter, Los Angeles, CA, July 17, 2018
  • Employing Caregivers,  23rd Annual PFAC Educational Conference with Co-Speaker Norine Boehmer, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, CA, June 2, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Tax Court
  • Washington D.C.
  • United States Federal District Court for the Central District
  • California
  • Former President & Executive Committee member at the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board at Glendale Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health
  • Board Chairman at the YMCA 
  • Mr. Kim serves on several non-profit boards, including as an Executive Board Member and Head of the Scholarship Committee at the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals, which is a collaboration of local, state and federal government agencies in furtherance of fostering equal rights and equal access to education and employment opportunities.  He is also a Board Member at the YMCA of the Foothills providing youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Lastly, Mr. Kim also serves on the Executive Committee at the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers.

Educational Background

  • Mr. Kim received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Real Property and Development Finance and his Juris Doctorate from Western State University.  During law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award for being top in his class for Legal Research and Writing.  Mr. Kim was also within the top 5% of his class for both Trial and Advanced Trial Practice. 

Industry Groups

  • Probate & Trust litigation
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Office Location for David Kim

130 S. Jackson St.
Glendale, CA 91205

Phone: 626-356-3900

Fax: 626-298-8600

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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