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Managing Partner

Ji Hyung KIM

Mr. Ji Hyung Kim is a Managing Partner of Jipyong and founder of Korea's labor law think tank Hamil Institute sponsored by the firm.

Mr. Kim is one of Korea's most renowned and revered judges of all times. He served in the judiciary for 21 years before being appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Kim issued some of the most critically acclaimed and pivotal decisions in labor law, fair trade, administrative law, intellectual property and taxes. After retiring from the bench, Mr. Kim taught at the Judicial Research & Training Institute and Wonkwang University Law School, and has since been dedicated to the legal education and training of young professionals and legal minds.

Mr. Kim has written extensively on the subject of labor law, including the most authoritative commentary on Korea's employment law. He is recognized as the nation's leading scholar and practitioner in labor relations, equal employment and tax law.

In 2017, Mr. Kim was appointed by the Moon Jae-in administration as Chairperson of a state-commissioned public debate committee on suspended construction of nuclear reactors Shin-Kori 5 and 6. Mr. Kim currently serves as the Chairperson of the President's Regulatory Reform Committee comprised of government and civilian members.

Education Close

  • 2012Wonkwang University (Honorary Doctorate of Law)
  • 1980Wonkwang University (LL.B.)

Experience Close

  • 2017-PresentManaging Partner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2020-PresentChairperson, Legal Compliance Monitoring Committee of Samsung
  • 2019-PresentDirector, Community Chest of Korea
  • 2019-PresentChairperson, Advisory Committee on Safety, Health, and Environment, HYUNDAI STEEL
  • 2019-PresentChairperson, Administrative Council, Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 2019-PresentOutside Member, Ethics Compliance Committee, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
  • 2018- PresentChairperson, Compensation committee for work-related diseases in establishments such as Samsung semiconductor factory
  • 2018-PresentChairperson, Regulatory Reform Committee
  • 2018-PresentCivilian Chairperson, Regulatory Reform Committee under the President
  • 2016-PresentArbitrator, Korea Commercial Arbitration Board
  • 2019Chairperson, Special labor safety investigation committee for coal-fired power plants for truth of Yong-gyun Kim’s death and prevention of recurrence
  • 2017Head of the Commission on Shin-Kori 5 and 6 Nuclear Reactors
  • 2016Chairperson, Fact-finding Committee on Guui Station Accident
  • 2014-2018Chairperson, Mediation committee for solution of work-related disease issues in establishments such as Samsung semiconductor factory
  • 2014-2015Tax Law Advisor, National Tax Service
  • 2013-2015Chairperson, Korea Press Ethics Commission
  • 2012-2017Distinguished Professor, Wonkwang University Law School
  • 2012-2016Of Counsel, JIPYONG
  • 2012Distinguished Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 2005-2011Justice, The Supreme Court of Korea
  • 2003-2005Research Judge, Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 2003-2005Chief Judge, Seoul High Court
  • 2003-2005Executive Secretary, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • 2003Chief Judge, Patent Court
  • 2001-2003Chief Judge, Seoul District Court
  • 1998-2001Professor, Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 1996-1998Chief Judge, Gwangju District Court, Suncheon Branch
  • 1992Constitution Research Officers, Constitutional Court
  • 1991Judge, Gwangju High Court, Seoul High Court
  • 1989University of Göttingen (Visiting Scholar)
  • 1986, 1989Judge, the Seoul Civil District Court, Jeonju District Court
  • 1984Judge, Seoul District Court, Eastern Branch
  • 1981-1984Judge Advocate Officer, Korean Navy
  • 1981Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

Honors and Recognitions Close

 

  • 2018-2021Eminent Practitioner in Employment, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • 2017, 2019, 2021Leading Lawyer in Labor Practice, Legal Times
  • 2018Achievement Award, Jeollabukdo District Bar Association
  • 2017Grand Prize 2017, Korean Association of Negotiation Studies (Head of the Commission on Shin-Kori 5 and 6 Nuclear Reactors)
  • 2017Press Award, Seoul Foreign Correspondents` Club (Head of the Commission on Shin-Kori 5 and 6 Nuclear Reactors)

Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

  • 2020Comments on the Labor Standards Act, Second Edition (a set of three volumes), Academic Society of Labor Law & Practice (co-editor), Parkyoungsa
  • 2015Labor Laws of the Republic of Korea (First Author) (Hollym)
  • 2015Annotation for Labor Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act (a set of three volumes) (Joint Representative Editor), Research Institute for Labor Act Practice (Pakyoungsa)
  • 2014Legal Demonstration of Principles of Labor Legislation, Law Review Vol. 4
  • 2010Annotation for the Labor Standards Act (a set of three volumes) (Representative Editor) Research Institute for Labor Act Practice (Pakyoungsa)
  • 2005Partial Assignment of Business and Succession of Labor Relations, Trend in the 21st Century Jurisdiction: Collection of Dissertation in Celebration of Reappointment of Chief Justices Song Min and Choi Jong-Young of the Supreme Court
  • 2002Assurance of Constitutional Rights for Foreign Workers: Focusing on Review of Unconstitutionality of the Current Industrial Trainee System, JUSTICE Vol. 70
  • 2002Governing Law of International Labor Contract Relationship, JUSTICE Vol. 68
  • 1999Range of Annual and Monthly Leave Allowance to Be Included in Calculation of Retirement Pay, JUSTICE Vol. 32. No. 3.
  • 1997Constitutional Rights and Labor Act: Centered on Discussion on Individual Labor Relationship, Trial Documents Vol. 76
  • 1993Commentary on the Labor Act (ChungRim Publishing)
  • 1992Materielle Rechtskraft of Decisions of Constitutional Court: Centered on Discussion in Germany, Constitution Farm Village Vol. 3
  • 1992Constitutional Issues on the Status of the Legislative Body (First, Second and Third Volume), Jurist Vol. 260-262

Admissions/Qualifications Close

  • 1981Admitted in Korea

Languages Close

Korean / German