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December 12, 2017

Attorney Spotlight: Mi-Hae Kim

Tell us about your background and why you chose to become an attorney.

Right after college, I worked for an auto supply company assisting with sales, logistics, accounting and general management, and witnessed the many legal questions and issues that can arise within a business setting. This prompted my first opportunity to work closely with outside counsel and sparked my interest in the legal profession. At the same time, I started my own limited liability company with a group of friends. I quickly realized that while I could learn and gain experience in the various aspects of business, learning the intricacies of law as it related to and affected our business was a whole other beast. I recognized that unfamiliarity of the law can make people apprehensive about pursuing or accomplishing their goals and felt that only an understanding of the law could allow me to break down those barriers. After that, it didn’t take long for me to pursue law school.

Why work for Warner Norcross & Judd?

During the interview process, I was very impressed by the attorneys. I could tell that there is a lot of talent here, but also felt a level of camaraderie among all the attorneys. Warner’s positive vibe plus the size of the firm was also a big draw for me. Once I started working here, I knew I had chosen the right firm. The work culture is friendly, flexible and fun. I’ve developed close friendships with fellow associates and partners who exemplify the kind of attorney and person I would like to be.  

What is your area of expertise?

My focus is in trusts and estates with a particular interest in family businesses. I enjoy assisting clients with entity formation and succession planning and hope to develop more expertise in this area to help multi-generational family businesses plan for their short-term and long-term goals. I enjoy this area of the law because I can use my business experience to help others. 

What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am a pretty avid gamer. I love playing first-person shooter games like Halo and Call of Duty, and pretty much love all games made by Blizzard — StarCraft, Overwatch and Hearthstone, to name a few. If I had more time I would still play.

I also love to eat and I will try anything once. The most recent new food I tried was pig brain.  Also, most people think I’m pretty timid when they first me, but I’m really not. I’m pretty strong-willed, opinionated and adventurous.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I just got married, so spending time with my new husband is at the top of my list. Now that the wedding is over, we are planning some trips to visit our friends and family but mostly enjoying the free weekends we have to spend together at home with our two cats. I’m also a creative person with a curious soul. I sketch and bake cakes and pies. I can spend hours singing to myself in the car or in a private karaoke room. Right now I’m learning calligraphy. 

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