Tae Y. Kim


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Phone: (312) 360-6821

Fax: (312) 360-6520

As a kid, I played on a baseball team that came close to last place two years straight. On the first day of my third year on the team, our coach gave us t-shirts that said "TEAM" in really big letters, and below it "me" in a much smaller font. Our coach made us wear these shirts to every practice and under our uniforms for every game. We won the championship that year and the next. That simple t-shirt put into perspective that we each had to commit to the TEAM, hold each other accountable and demand excellence from each other, and subordinate our individual self-interests for the TEAM in order for the TEAM to become champions. Freeborn is a true TEAM, a TEAM committed to providing the best legal services and value to our clients.



Tae Kim is an Associate in the Firm's Chicago office and a member of the Litigation Practice Group.

Tae focuses his practice on litigating complex matters concerning labor and employment, corporate governance, banking, securities, real estate, the Uniform Commercial Code, and intellectual property.  Tae has successfully represented companies and individuals in both state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution forums across the U.S.  In addition to successfully representing clients at the trial level, Tae also has successfully represented clients at the appellate level.    

As a result, Tae’s practice has grown to also consist of providing strategic, management-side advice and training, and providing consultation on a wide range of employment issues such as discrimination, retaliation, discipline, reductions in workforce, accommodations, and medical leave.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Represented a majority shareholder in a breach of contract action - concerning shareholder-rights to purchase stock.

  • Represented a real estate company in a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty action concerning a failed merger.

  • Defended a national data services company in a breach of contract action, resulting in a successful settlement.

  • Represented a retail medical services company in various matters concerning breaches of contracts and breaches of fiduciary duties.

  • Successfully represented a food supply company in a breach of contract action against one of its vendors, resulting in summary judgment.

  • Successfully represented individuals in actions against insurance companies regarding various types of insurance policies.

  • Represented employer in labor dispute with union in the NLRB.

  • Represented employer in appeal of NLRB ruling in the United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.

  • Represented national insurance brokerage company for appeal in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

  • Represented national franchisor in Copyright dispute.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, Korean American Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association