Kim West practices in the areas of directors and officers liability, professional liability and employment practices. He represents insurers in issues such as coverage, litigation management, alternative dispute resolution, coverage litigation, fidelity and fiduciary liability. During the past decade, Kim has represented D&O and financial institution insurers on a nationwide basis in most of the mega-claims such as IPO laddering; late trading and market timing; Enron, WorldCom and Adelphia; insurance broker contingent commission and bid-rigging; options backdating; subprime finance; Chinese reverse mergers; and securities litigations arising out of data breaches.
Kim has represented various London market and European insurers and reinsurers in litigation pending against their insureds in the United States and is familiar with the factual, legal and cultural nuances presented by such claims. He has also represented insurers under international insurance programs involving the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Greece, Chile and Italy.
Kim has participated in numerous seminars on such topics as securities litigation, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, complex class action litigation, US securities law exposure for non-US corporations and sub-prime finance litigation.
US District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
US Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits
J.D., Duke University School of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, West Virginia University
National Bar Association
Prevailed on a motion to stay a coverage action pending in Federal District Court in the Southern District of New York and to compel arbitration in Hong Kong based on the policy's arbitration provision, the Federal Arbitration Act, and the UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards.
Acted as an expert and as an arbitrator in various coverage litigation matters.
Assisted D&O underwriters in drafting policy forms and endorsements.