Tom was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States while he was young. Adapting quickly to the American lifestyle, he graduated No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 in high school as well as being the Student Body President, co-captain of the football team and tennis team and being given the honor as Prom King in his last year in high school. Tom attended UCLA on an academic scholarship and majored in Psychology with a Specialization in Business Administration. Tom then attended Whittier College School of Law on an academic scholarship where he was a member of the Dean’s List, Law Review and Moot Court.
Tom started his legal career working for a 60 attorney firm in Downtown, Los Angeles where he developed his trial and litigation skills. He then wanted to serve the Korean Community and began his practice in Koreatown in 1994. During his 25 years of legal experience, he represented major clients including Kia Intertrade, LG Chemical, LG International, Haitai America, Haitai LCI, Kuk Dong America, Korea Central Daily, Jamison Properties and Kyochon Chicken. Tom also spent three grueling years defending Erica Kim and Kyung Joon Kim from suits related to the Former President of Korea, Myung Bak Lee concerning the BBK scandal. Aside from major companies, Tom has represented numerous popular and well-known small businesses in Koreatown. Tom’s client base reaches into foreign countries such as Korea, China and Japan concerning international transactions and complex business litigation. With extensive experience in jury trials, bench trials, mediations, arbitrations, depositions and negotiation tactics, Tom has obtained superb results for his clients with impressive jury verdicts, court judgments and settlements.
Tom is the managing partner and heads the Civil Litigation Department at Ryu Weimortz Murphy.