J.J.Kim, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Main Practice Area

  • International Trade

  • Maritime

  • Customs

  • Food Safety


  • Michigan State University, College of Law – Food Law

  • Trinity International University, Trinity Law School – Juris Doctor

  • University of Washington, Ocean Engineering


  • Represented a foreign fish processing factory before the Food & Drug Administration. Modified Seafood HACCP plan, drafted a petition in response to FDA import alert requirements, reviewed company’ production process from harvesting to final labeling. Trained and advised client on record keeping and production process best food safety practices. 

  • Represented a large US food importer in connection with FSMA Compliance. Drafted numerous importer’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Reviewed a foreign supplier HACCP Plan and Developed Food Safety Plan for US Food Manufacturer.​

  • Provided advice and counsel to a large Korean food manufacturing company and importer as an outside general counsel. Drafted, food Safety plan, supply chain security plan. Attended FDA, US CBP audit on behalf of clients. Developed comprehensive import compliance programs under 19 & 21 CFR.

  • Represented numerous US importers in US Customs’ Section 592 penalty actions.    Represented clients before FDA and CBP on a variety of issues, including FDA warning letters, Penalty Actions, classification, origin marking, Food labeling, record keeping violations. Drafted over 500 CBP Form 28/29 responses, protests, petition for CBP’s liquidated damages claims & complaints on behalf of importers to avert civil monetary penalties and seizures.

  • Represented a US importer in connection with a 2.7 million intellectual property violation penalty action from US Customs & Border Protection (19 USC 1526(e), 1526(f).  The 2.7 million dollars penalty was mitigated in full and client saved 2.7 million dollars through our representation. 

  • Obtained more than 200 favorable protest decisions from CBP addressing the product classification, country of origin, valuation and the eligibility of products for preferential treatment under KORUS FTA, NAFTA and CAFTA. Helped clients recover and save tens of million dollars in duty and fees.​

  • Represented import clients in prior disclosures of import violations related to tariff classification, valuation, Processing Fee and eligibility for preferential treatment.