Thomas T. Kim



Practice Area

Thomas T. Kim is a founding partner of Kastner | Kim LLP. Tom has spent his career practicing executive compensation law, corporate law and employment law. His experience includes establishing and administrating stock or equity compensation plans, employee benefit arrangements and executive compensation arrangements for start up companies and in transactions involving venture capital financings, initial public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic business transactions. Tom represents company founders, CEO's, CFO's, other senior executives, and principals in venture capital firms in California and throughout the United States in all employment matters. He negotiates sophisticated employment agreements, compensation packages, stock option grants, and severance arrangements, change-of-control agreements, and other transition-related agreements with management and their inside and outside counsels. Tom also advises management teams of acquired companies during mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Background

Tom is one of the two founding partners of Kastner | Kim LLP. Prior to the formation of Kastner | Kim LLP, Tom was a partner of Kastner | Banchero LLP. Tom was also an associate in the Corporate Group and in the Employee Benefits Group of Fenwick & West LLP where he focused on executive compensation matters and employee benefit matters. Mr. Kim has worked as an in-house counsel for a private investment company prior to joining the Kastner | Banchero.

Professional & Community Activities

Tom is a member of the following professional and community organizations:

•· Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, Honorary Board Member, 2007-2008 President

•· The Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley, Board Member

•· The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member

•· The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Member

•· The Santa Clara Bar Association, Member

•· The San Mateo Bar Association, Member

State Bar Admission

California State Bar
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M in Taxation, 1997
Georgetown University Law Center, Certificate in Employee Benefits Law, 1997
Syracuse College of Law, Syracuse University, J.D., 1996
University of Southern California, B.S. in Business Administration, 1992