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Professionals

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​Sanghong Seo, Esq.   

   shseo49@naver.com

Highlights

  • Former judge for 20+ years (civil, criminal, family cases, etc.)former Presiding Judge

  • Former Secretary-General, deputy Secretary-General, and research director of the Constitutional Court of Korea

  • Former Chairman of the Korea Government Legal Service, an administrative agency representing governmental organizations in various legal disputes and litigations.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation (civil, criminal, family cases, etc.) and constitutional litigation

Education

  • 1968 Diploma, Kyunggi High School, Seoul

  • 1973 LL.B., College of Law, Seoul National University

  • 1975 LL.M. Candidate, School of Law, Seoul National University

  • 1985 Diploma in Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Work Experience

  • 1975 Passed 17th Judicial Examination

  • 1977 7th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • 1977 Judge, Seoul Civil District Court

  • 1987 Judge, Seoul High Court

  • 1990 Research Judge, Supreme Court of Korea

  • 1991 Presiding Judge, Busan District Court

  • 1993 Research Director, Constitutional Court of Korea

  • 1995 Presiding Judge, Seoul Family Court

  • 1996 Presiding Judge, Seoul District Court

  • 1997 Chief Judge, Bucheon Branch of Incheon District Court

  • 2000 Deputy Secretary-General, Constitutional Court of Korea

  • 2004 Member, Committee for Judicial System Reform, Supreme Court of Korea

  • 2005 Secretary-General, Constitutional Court of Korea

  • 2007 Chairman, Korea Government Legal Service

  • 2008 Managing partner, Seo & Hyun

  • 2010 Managing partner, Rhi & Partners

 
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Young Sunwoo, Esq.

   ysw@rhilaw.com​​

Highlights

  • Investigation & prosecution experience with respect to various criminal cases while serving as a prosecutor

  • Representative criminal cases while working as a partner of a major Korean law firm 

        - Breach of fiduciary duty case of a company CEO
        - Political Funds Act case of a National Assembly member
        - Bribery case of a mayor
        - Breach of fiduciary duty case (bribery) of a pharmaceutical company

        - Chaebol chairman's refusal to testify at the inspection of state administration
        - Medical Service Act case of a chief of medical clinic

        - Business-related embezzlement case of a family clan
        - Business-related breach of fiduciary duty case of a university president
        - Receipt of bribery case of a governmental agency director-general

Practice Areas

  • Criminal cases (crimes committed by public officialsㆍwhite-collar crimesㆍcrimes committed by medical professionals)

Education

  • 1978 LL.B., College of Law, Seoul National University

  • 1982 LL.M., School of Law, Seoul National University

Work Experience

  • 1978 Passed 20th Judicial Examination

  • 1980 10th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • 1980 - 1983 Judge Advocate General, Republic of Korea Navy

  • 1983 - 1992 Public prosecutor (Southern Branch of Seoul DistrictㆍKangkyung Branch of Daejeon DistrictㆍCheongju DistrictㆍSeoul District Public Prosecutors' Office)

  • 1987 - 1988 Visiting Researcher, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 1992 - 1995 Director, Yeongdong Branch of Cheongju District; Chief Public Prosecutor, Gyeongju Branch of Daegu DistrictㆍCheongju DistrictㆍSeongnam Branch of Suwon District

  • 1995 - 1999 Director of Human Rights, Ministry of Justice; Chief Public Prosecutor, Northern Branch of Seoul District; Director of Inspection (2), Supreme Prosecutors' Office

  • 1999 - 2003 Director, Tongyeong Branch of Changwon District; Director of Inspection (1), Supreme Prosecutors' Office; Deputy Director (2) of Daegu District; Deputy Director (1) of Busan District

  • 2003 - 2004 Director, Bucheon Branch of Incheon District

  • 2004 - 2007 Director, Euijeongbu District; Director, Cheongju District; Inspector General, Ministry of Justice; Director, Seoul Eastern District

  • 2007 - 2010 Private Practice (Seoul Bar Association); senior partner, Lee & Ko

  • 2008 - Board member, Samhwan Camus Co., Ltd.; counsel, Korean Institute for Judicial Education

  • 2009 - Adjunct Professor, Sogang Law School; visiting professor, Inha Law School

  • 2010 - Board member, Jungseok Logistics Foundation

  • 2010 - Managing Partner, Rhi & Partners

Publications

  • Analysis of Apparent Authority Theories of GermanyㆍJapanㆍUK & US

  • "Offender" in Article 70 of the Environment Conservation Act

  • Abettor and Non-real Status Criminal

 
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Jihn U Rhi, Esq.​​

   jurhi@rhilaw.com

Highlights​

  • Former in-house counsel of IBM (e.g., joint venture agreement, technology license agreement, systems integration agreement, IT outsourcing agreement)

  • Advised on 8 cases of M&A, 6 cases of spin-offs, and the establishment of Korea's first holding company (Chosun Trade MSO, Co., Ltd.)

  • Represented start-ups with regard to investment agreements with H&Q, GE Capital, Lombard, Prudential, Olympus, Novartis, etc. 

  • Advised 20+ start-ups regarding agreements, strategies, financing, registration, etc.

  • ABS, real estate development and investment 

  • Represented clients in various international legal disputes (litigations and arbitrations)

  • Advised domestic and international clients on fair trade and antitrust matters 

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Telecommunication, and other corporate matters

Education

  • 1978 Diploma, Wooshin High School, Seoul

  • 1982 LL.B., College of Law, Seoul National University

  • 1992 LL.M., Cornell University Law School

Work Experience

  • 1984 Passed 26th Judicial Examination

  • 1987 16th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • 1987 Judge Advocate General, Ministry of National Defense

  • 1990 General counsel, IBM Korea, Co., Ltd.

  • 1992 In-house counsel, IBM USA

  • 1997 Senior lawyer, Kim & Chang

  • 1998 Lawyer, Yoon & Partners

  • 2004 - Current Managing Partner, Rhi & Partners

  • 2017 - Current Head of Korean Jurisdiction, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)

Publications

  • E-commerce & Copyright (1999. 2. Copyright Quarterly)

  • Copyright Case Commentary - Korea Copyright Commission (1998)

  • Legal Analysis of E-commerce - National Computing Agency (1997)

  • Korean Commercial Law - Oceana Press (1997, co-author)

  • Legal Issues of Electronic Mail - Korean Bar Association Journal (1994)

  • Intellectual Property Rights in Advertising - Research with Ministry of Information and Communication (1994)

  • Electronic Publishing & Copyright Law - Research with Ministry of Culture and Sports (1993)

  • Study on the Effectiveness of Antitrust Law as a Trade Regulation Method - LL.M. Thesis (1992)

 
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Sangkyu Rhi, Esq.

   skrhi@rhilaw.com​​

Education

  • 1955 LL.B., College of Law, Konkuk University

  • 1961 LL.M., Southern Methodist University School of Law, USA

  • 1966 Public Law Researcher, Nottingham University Law Department

Work Experience

  • 1952 Passed Public Officer Qualification Exam (former Civil Service Examination)

  • 1953 Passed Judicial Officer Qualification Exam (former Judicial Examination)

  • 1962 - 1967 Judicial Officer, Ministry of Government Legislation

  • 1968 - 1971 Director of Higher Education, Director of Textbook Editing, etc., Ministry of Culture and Education

  • 1971 - 1974 Chief Executive, National Library of Korea

  • 1975 - 1977 Planning & Management Director, Ministry of Culture and Education

  • 1977 - 1979 Chief Executive, National Education Training Institute

  • 1980 Vice Minister, Ministry of Culture and Education

  • 1977 - 1984 President, Korean Environmental Law Association (Currently Honorary Chairman)

  • 1964 - 1987 Committee Member for Judicial Examination, Committee Member for Civil Service Examination

  • 1981 - Current Private Practice (Seoul Bar Association)

  • 1982 - 1996 Visiting Professor, College of Law, Korea University

  • 1982 - 1988 Mediator, Central Environmental Dispute Resolution Commission

  • 1987 - 1991 Foreign Legal Counsel Committee Chair, Korean Bar Association

  • 1989 - 1991 Director of Legislation, Seoul Bar Association

  • 1991 - 1992 Executive Director & Director of Legislation, Korean Bar Association

  • 1995 - 1997 Director and Councillor of Korea, LAWASIA

  • 1995 - 2001 Director, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

  • 1997 - 1998 Member, Regulatory Reform Committee

  • 1997 - 2003 President, Legal Training Institute of Korean Bar Association

  • 2004 - 2005 President, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

  • 2004 - Current Senior Partner, Rhi & Partners

Publications

  • 1963 U.S. Administrative Law

  • 1965 New Administrative Law I, II (7th ed.)

  • 1979 Case Commentary on Administrative Law I, II

  • 1985 New Administrative Dispute Law (2nd ed., 1997)

  • 1993 Environment (Pollution) Case Analysis

  • 1995 State Compensation Act

  • 1998 Environmental Law

  • 2001 U.K./U.S. Administrative Law

 
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Jinguk Kim, Esq.​​

   jgukim@gmail.com

Highlights

  • Represented KB Real Estate Trust, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Lotte Engineering & Construction, GS Engineering & Construction, Kyertong Construction Industrial, etc. in real estate cases

  • Represented clients in various constitutional litigations such as constitutional petition regarding capital punishment, constitutionality review of Nationality Act, constitutionality review of Private School Act, competence dispute regarding Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, and constitutional petition regarding Medical Service Act

  • Represented clients in labor cases such as ordinary wage case of Kangwon Land Casino, internship wage case of Soonchunhyang University Hospital, and severance pay case of Gumi Hospital

Practice Areas

  • Civil & administrative litigations regarding real estate transaction, real estate trust, redevelopment and reconstruction

  • Constitutional Court cases including constitutional petition, constitutionality review of statute, and competence dispute

  • Rehabilitation and bankruptcy cases including individual rehabilitation, corporation rehabilitation, and facilitated rehabilitation

Education

  • Diploma, Soongsil High School, Seoul

  • LL.B., College of Law, Seoul National University

  • LL.M., College of Law, Kookmin University

  • LL.M., Georgetown University, USA

Work Experience

  • Passed 34th Judicial Examination

  • 24th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • Judge, Jeonju District Court and Incheon District Court

  • Partner, Shin & Kim

  • Manager, Constitutional Law Department of Korea Government Legal Service

  • Partner, Rhi & Partners

 
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Sunhee Lee, Esq.​​

   shelee88@gmail.com

Highlights

  • Represented clients in various administrative cases and civil litigations (Shin & Kim)

  • Manager, Tax & Administrative Law Department of Korea Government Legal Service

  • Administrative judge for taxation review and appeal, Seoul Regional Tax Office

  • Worked on various international taxation disputes (e.g., private equity fund cases of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Standard Chartered) 

  • Advised clients on international treaties and domestic special acts in relation to oil pollution and marine environmental pollution accidents; represented clients in related disputes and litigations

Practice Ares

  • Taxation disputes regarding international taxation, corporate tax, income tax, inheritance and gift tax, and comprehensive real estate holding tax

  • Administrative litigations regarding permission & approval dispositions, contributions, occupational & industrial accident compensation

  • General civil and family law matters

Education

  • 1979 Diploma, Jeonghwa Women's High School, Daegu

  • 1985 B.A. in History, College of Arts and Sciences, Seoul National University

  • 2004 LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • 2005 Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley School of Law

Work Experience​

  • 1996 Passed 38th Judicial Examination

  • 1999 28th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • 1999 - 2001 Lawyer, Yeolrin Law Firm

  • 2001 - 2006 Lawyer, Shin & Kim

  • 2008 - 2009 Manager, Tax & Administrative Law Department of Korea Government Legal Service

  • 2008 - Current Administrative judge for taxation review and appeal, Seoul Regional Tax Office

  • 2009 - 2010 Private Practice, Seo & Hyun

  • 2010 - Current Rhi & Partners

 

Kyungchang Choi, Esq.

   kcchoi@rhilaw.com​​

Highlights

  • Advised clients regarding general corporate matters; represented clients in civil and criminal litigations and intellectual property litigations

Practice Area

  • Civil and Criminal litigations, corporate litigations, advice on corporate matters

  • Won various litigations regarding photography copyright, inheritance matter, ​urban development project, trade secret, etc.

Education

  • 1992 Diploma, Kyungbok High School, Seoul

  • 2003 LL.B., College of Law, Korea University

Work Experience

  • 2006 Passed 48th Judicial Examination

  • 2009 38th wave, Judicial Research and Training Institute

  • 2009 - 2011 Law Office of Hyukwoo Lee, Esq.

  • 2011 - Current Rhi & Partners

 

Jongjae Lee, Esq. (NY)​​

   jjlee@rhilaw.com

Highlights

  • Overseas direct investment: advised on overseas investment and establishment of overseas corporations (including offshore corporations) of Korean companies

  • Foreign direct investment: advised on foreign investment and establishment of domestic corporations (including joint venture) of international companies 

  • Overseas securities issuance: advised 10+ domestic companies such as Hana Bank, SK Telesys etc. regarding overseas securities issuance (CB, BW, FRCD)

  • International M&A: P&G, Caterpillar, Carrefour, U.S.-based private equity fund, etc.

  • Joint Venture: Celltrion-BMS, Shinsegae International-Chelsea (Yeoju Outlet), etc.

  • Listing on foreign stock markets (NASDAQ, OTC, etc.): Webzen, Celltrion, etc.

  • Foreign resource development: advised a Korean company on development of oil fields in Kazakhstan; advised Korea National Oil Corporation regarding issuance of oil funds

  • International arbitration: represented clients in international arbitrations at Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and Singapore International Arbitration Centre

  • Advised on various cross-border transactions

  • Samsung Techwin, Shinsegae, POSCO, Dongbu Hannong, Hyosung, STX, Celltrion, Woori Financial, Hana Bank, Anam Electronics, etc.

Practice Areas

  • Overseas direct investment, foreign direct investment, cross-border transactions, international M&A, international finance

Education

  • 1983 Diploma, Dongbuk High School, Seoul

  • 1989 B.A. in International Economics, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University

  • 1991 M.A. in International Economics, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University

  • 1995 M.B.A. in Accounting, Baruch College, NY

  • 1999 J.D., New York Law School

 

​Work Experience

  • 1998 Intern, Federal Trade Commission, USA

  • 1998 - 1999 Project Manager, Korean Chamber of Commerce, USA

  • 1999 Passed NYS Bar Examination

  • 2000 - 2001 Rhi Law Office

  • 2000 - 2001 Director, Asia Investment Partners

  • 2001 - 2011 Hanol Law Firm

  • 2012 Rhi & Partners

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​Hyunjoo Kang, Esq.

   hjoo.kang@rhilaw.com

Education​

  • 2009 B.A. in Economics (Minor in Law), College of Social Science, Seoul National University

  • 2017 J.D., School of Law, Ehwa Women's University

Work Experience​

  • 2017 Passed 6th Bar Examination

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​Bio Kim, Esq.

   bio.kim@rhilaw.com

​Education

  • 2010 UC Berkeley Economics Semester-Abroad Program (BESAP)

  • 2011 B.A. in Economics, Underwood International College, Yonsei University 

  • 2014 J.D., New York University Law School

  • 2020 J.D., Yonsei Law School 

Work Experience​

  • 2015 Passed NYS Bar Examination

  • 2020 Passed 9th Bar Examination