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SJ Kook

Seoul, Korea

Member, Seoul Bar Association;
Member, Korean Bar Association

Judge Kook is a retired judge who leads the Dispute Resolution Team.  Judge Kook was a top graduate from Seoul National University College of Law and received an LL.M. from Columbia University.  
Judge Kook served for a variety of courts and as a research judge for the Constitutional Court of Korea.  He retired from the bench after serving as a presiding judge for the Incheon District Court. 

Judge Kook is a renowned litigator who has successfully obtained over 50 not guilty verdicts for clients in a broad range of individual and corporate criminal matters.  Judge Kook has, also, successfully litigated and arbitrated a broad range of civil matters for domestic and international clients.  

Judge Kook is known for his approachable manner, ability to explain complex legal matters to clients and his passion to prevail in all cases that he handles.  


  • Presiding Judge, Incheon District Court

  • Constitutional Court of Korea, Research Judge

  • Judge, Seoul High Court

  • Judge, Various Courts throughout Korea



  • LL.M. Columbia Law School

  • LL.B. Seoul National University College of Law

  • Judicial Research & Training Institute


  • LL.M. Columbia Law School

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


  • English & Korean


  • Not guilty verdict in over 50 cases for foreign and domestic clients.

  • Successful resolution of a Korean customs and tax audit for an international chemical company.  Successful resolution of numerous tax matters for international and domestic clients.  

  • Local counsel for a leading international law firm's Fortune 500 client in a trade dispute leading to tariffs being placed on the products of a major local Korean conglomerate.

  • Successful resolution of a dispute for a senior executive of a Korean conglomerate and company. 

  • Not guilty verdict for the president of an international defense company. 

  • Obtained a suspended jail sentence for an employee convicted of the illegal import of controlled commodities.  

  • Numerous localization of foreign court judgments for international clients. 

  • Successful resolution of a dispute between a leading franchisor and a franchisee. 

  • Successful challenge of a registered trademark for an international fashion brand.

  • Successful resolution of family and personal civil matters for foreign and domestic clients, including cases concerning child abduction, child custody, and the international enforcement of foreign judgments.

  • Complete restructuring of the HR compliance for an international retailer.