(Of Counsel) born New York, New York, March 22, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Massachusetts; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit; 1986, California; 1987, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1990, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1979); Columbia University (J.D., 1982). Co-Managing Editor, Columbia/VLA Journal of Art & The Law, 1981-1982. Member, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, 1980-1981. Recipient:Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego Presidential Recognition Award, 2000; Who’s’ Who in American Law, 1997; Master of Advocacy Award, California Western School of Law, 1996-1997. Adjunct Professor of Law: California Western School of Law, 1995, 2003, 2004; Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1995-1998; University of San Diego School of Law, 1998. Instructor, San Diego State University College of Extended Studies, 1995. Coach, California Hon. Thomas Tang Moot Court Team, 1997-1999, 2001. Judge pro tem: San Diego Superior Court, 1992-1999, 2003—; San Diego Municipal Court, 1994-1998, 2000-2005. Minor’s Counsel Panel, San Diego Superior Court, 1994—. San Diego County Hearing Officer, 1999—. Member, City of San Diego Citizen’s Review Board on Police Practices, 2006— and Chair, Training Committee, 2006—. Member, 1994-1996 and Chair, 1996-2001, Citizen’s Advisory Board on Police Community Relations. Member, Citizen’s Panel on Selection of Chief of Police, 1999. Citizen’s Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Diego, 2006; San Diego County District Attorney’s Citizens Advisory Board, 2004—; Stalking Strike Force/Stalking Case Assessment Team, 1996—. Chief’s Asian Pacific Islander Community Advisor Board, San Diego Police Department, 2000—. Member, Deadly Force Committee, Use of Force, 2000-2001. Member, Policy, Law and Ethics Committee, Juvenile Realignment Task Force, 1997-1998. Member, Advisory Committee, Regional Community Policing Institute, So. California, 1999-2003. Auxiliary Police Officer, NYPD, 1982.
San Diego County (Board of Directors, 2005—; Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1996-2004, 2006—; Chair: Rules and Procedures Subcommittee; Superior Court Committee, 1986-1987; Member: Family Law Section); State Bar of California (Member: Executive Committee, Conference of Delegates, 2001-2003; District 9 Nominating Committee, 2001; Chair, 1999 and Member, 1994-1998, Calendar Coordinating Committee); Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (President, 1990-1991, Director, 1998-2000); Asian Pacific Bar of California (President, 1994-1995); Pan Asian Law Enforcement Association (Treasurer, 1997-1998); Lawyers Club of San Diego; Tom Homann Law Association; National Association of Counsel for Children; Association of Threat Assessment Professionals; California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Affiliate Member).
Family Law; Children Law; Regulatory Law. BV Peer Review Rated
I was impressed with how Mr. Kim handled my divorce. He listened to my concerns, promptly returned my phone calls, was flexible in meeting arrangements, and consistently provided advice that could only come from his experience and understanding of my situation. In short, he was instrumental in helping me to successfully resolve an extremely contentious case prior to trial, saving countless hours and untold expense.
I should probably have sent this earlier, without the prompting, but I’d like to take this opportunity now to thank you (Charles Wesley Kim), Geoff, and the entire Yelman & Associates firm for your efforts on my behalf in my divorce proceedings. As you may remember, my former attorney had resigned upon hearing that my ex-husband had hired “the most litigious female attorney in San Diego” and I was feeling pretty desperate when I came to you. Not only did you accept my case (thank youl) but you immediately began working on it, not allowing anything to fall between the cracks during the transition. You spent hours and hours working my case, both with and without me present, making me feel as though mine was the only case you were working. I know, of course, that that wasn’t the case but never once did I feel as though my case was anything but your highest priority. I appreciate the fact that you remained in almost constant communication with me – my first attorney kept me in the dark about much of what was going on and I never felt as though I knew what was happening. You returned my phone calls and emails, numerous as they were, and I always felt as though I was an active participant, or at least a knowledgeable bystander, in my own case. As you know, I referred a potential client to you which, to my mind, is the highest praise and is in recognition of all you’ve done for me. Your assistance and guidance post-judgment has been invaluable to me. I am eternally grateful for the time, energy, and effort spent by yourself and the Yelman & Associates firm during this difficult time for me. I appreciate all you’ve done and, while I hope not to need your professional services again, would not hesitate to retain you should the need arise. Your professionalism, tempered with humanity, made me feel as though there was a light at the end of the tunnel and this time, it wasn’t an oncoming train.
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. . . you went above and beyond the call. You were experienced, clever and did your homework . . . You researched and obtained more in court than what we asked for and we won, won won. A million Thanks. [UCCJEA]
I am exceedingly pleased with the results. . . your diligent efforts on my behalf will benefit my family not only now but in the immediate and long term future. I was very selective when choosing an attorney . . . I realize now how important that decision really was. . .[Divorce]
San Diego, CA
I had been through two attorneys . . . I needed a powerhouse in my corner. . .The true test was when we [went] into court . . . I walked out of the court room amazed with her talent and care. . . My only regret is that I didn’t have her from the beginning . . .
I am extremely appreciative for all you have done and continue to do for me. I truly believe someone was looking out for me when I found you to represent me at that horrific time in my life . . . You and you entire staff are the dream team and I am thankful for all you do!! Thanks to every one of you!!
San Diego, CA
Although I never plan to be in this situation again, I would recommend Yelman & Associates to anyone going through a divorce. Of the many lawyers I have encountered within the courthouse . . [you are] . . . one of the most competent, intelligent, and genuinely caring attorneys . . .
My wife and I would like to say thank you for the outstanding work you did for us. Words cannot give our appreciation justice . . . Your service and knowledge was second to none . . . We will proudly recommend you and your firm to anyone we know who may be in need of legal assistance.
San Diego, CA
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