Samyoul Kim

Associate Chicago
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Summary

Samyoul is a finance attorney who focuses his practice on the areas of commercial finance and corporate transactions, representing banks and other financial institutions in a range of leveraged finance transactions. Samyoul also advises clients in the developing cryptocurrency and digital asset space, with a particular focus on crypto-secured lending and crypto transactions involving cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). 

Prior to joining Taft, Samyoul was an attorney at a Midwest-based law firm where he practiced commercial finance, corporate transactions, immigration law, and litigation. While in law school, he served as a legal intern for the New York City Transit Authority, specializing in managing operating contracts, price negotiations, and Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. Samyoul also served as a legal intern for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, where he worked closely with the Domestic Violence Unit.

Samyoul obtained his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he served as president of the Asian Law Students Association and a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board. He earned his B.A. at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Samyoul grew up in Canada and is fluent in Korean and proficient in French.

Awards

  • Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence (2019)

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Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (2019)
  • McGill University (2015)

    B.A., Political Science

Admissions

  • State - Illinois
  • State - Indiana
  • State - New Jersey
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Indianapolis Art Center

    Young Professionals Group, Former Board Member

  • Legal Aid Society of Chicago

    Ambassadors Board