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Alexander Kim
Alexander Kim

2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Alexander Kim

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Diversity and inclusion require people who can advocate for their own group, and people who can be an ally to others. Alexander Kim does both.

Kim spent most of his post-law-school career at Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, joining in 2006 as an associate attorney. Last year he joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder, where he handles patents, copyrights and other intellectual property matters. His extensive scientific background helps him navigate cutting-edge technologies like blockchain, robots, chemicals and considerably more.

“That background helps, so that I understand when an inventor tells me they have a polymer for construction that can bind cement, or a new way to build a rocket thruster for a satellite,” Kim says. “I was always the geekiest kid in the room.”

He was also often the only Asian kid. “I know what it’s like to be the only person in the room who looks different,” he says.

To help bring more Asians into the field of law and to combat stereotypes about Asians, Kim began leading many organizations. He’s a past president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA) and a co-chair of the national affiliate (NAPABA)’s first annual conference. He’s currently the president of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) and is the first lawyer from Minnesota to do so. Kim also serves on the advisory board of the Korean Americans for Political Action (KAPA).

But Kim is also an ally to women in the legal profession. Through speaking, mentoring, and an event he’s helping to organize, Kim works to educate others about the challenges women face. “I’m not a woman, and I will never fully experience what they face,” he says. “But I was shocked at what they have to go through[to succeed in the legal profession].”

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