Kevin Kim


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Kevin specializes in New York State liquor licensing matters. Previously, he served as a Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority (2014-16) becoming the first Asian American appointed to this position.

Kevin began his legal career as a law clerk for then-U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin (SDNY). He then worked as an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell where he practiced corporate real estate law. Kevin also a co-founded Abakidz, an innovative math program designed by world champion mental mathematician, Master Jeonghee Lee.

His active community involvement has included service on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross – Queens, Friends of Thirteen (PBS), Korean American Community Foundation (KACF), International Student Conference (Washington, D.C.), Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY).  Organizations that have honored Kevin over the years include the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) – Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2015); Columbia Law School APALSA – Hong Yen Chang Award (2020) for inspiring civic engagement; KAAGNY – Man of the Year (2009); and City Hall News (“40 Under 40”) (2009).

In June 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Kevin as a Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY) where he currently chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Subcommittee on Investments. Until recently, Kevin also served as a Senior Advisor to the Andrew Yang 2020 Campaign.

Kevin is a proud product of the NYC public school system (K-12) having graduated from Townsend Harris H.S. at Queens College before receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review.