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Soo's Profile

Soo Kim is an experienced insurance and financial services litigator. She regularly represents insurers and self-funded plans in managed care litigation with an emphasis on behavioral health and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) claims, provider disputes, and individual benefit claims in both ERISA and non-ERISA cases. She has negotiated on behalf of insurers in both federal and state litigation and arbitrations. Utilizing her proficiency in pre-trial resolution, Soo has achieved successful outcomes through mediations and direct negotiations.

In her practice, Soo has also represented domestic and foreign insurers in complicated coverage disputes involving third party claims and bad faith issues across diverse product lines. Her representative background includes areas of professional liability, property and casualty, environmental, and product liability matters. Soo also offers experience advising clients on issues of priority of coverage, horizontal and vertical exhaustion, late notice, and additional insured claims.

Prior to joining Maynard, Soo served as a clerk for The Honorable Stephen G. Milliken and the Honorable J. Ramsey Johnson on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law Center where she served as an article editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. She obtained her B.A. in English and Government from Georgetown University.

Soo's Experience

  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of large insurer in bad faith coverage claim in New York state court
  • Prevailed at summary judgment on behalf of leading insurance company in federal lawsuits concerning denial of mental health benefits
  • Successfully defended leading insurance companies in provider disputes before the American Arbitration Association
  • Achieved favorable decisions on behalf of insurers in long-term disability claims
  • Successfully argued forum non convenience of claim under marine policy before New York trial and appellate courts on behalf of leading insurance company

Soo's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), Member of Host Committee for 2022 Mid-Year Meeting
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Soo's Publications

  • Kim v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 748 Fed. App’x 371 (2d Cir. 2018)
  • Parrish v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 2021 WL 1565440 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2021), appeal withdrawn 2021 WL 5570304 (2d Cir. Nov. 19, 2021)
  • Fasone v. JM & AM Realty Holdings, LLC, 2019 WL 13248524 (E.D.N.Y. April 11, 2019)
  • Apothecus Pharm. Corp. v. Hendrickson, 2017 WL 5495818 (E.D.N.Y. May 9, 2017)
  • Shipyard Quarters Marina, LLC v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., 143 A.D.3d 565 (1st Dep’t 2016)
  • O.K. Petro. Distrib. Corp. v. West Hempstead Water Dist., 131 A.D.3d 1143 (2d Dep’t 2015)
  • Fecho v. Eli Lilly and Co., 2012 WL 194419 (D. Mass. Jan. 20, 2012)

Soo's Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Mental Health Parity,” ABA TIPS Mid-Winter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits - Life, Health and Disability, and ERISA: Emerging Issues and Litigation (August 2022)


State Bar: New York

U.S. District Court: New York (Eastern, Southern)

U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court: New York (Southern)

  • The George Washington University Law School
    • (1999, J.D. Articles Editor for American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, Research Assistant for coram nobis issues for publication in Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, Eric Yamamoto, et al.)

  • Georgetown University
    • (1995, B.A., English and Government)


Honorable Stephen G. Milliken
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Honorable J. Ramsey Johnson
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Monday, January 30, 2023

Maynard Cooper & Gale Welcomes Three Attorneys to Growing Team

Maynard is pleased to announce the addition of three attorneys to our corporate, insurance & financial services, and correctional litigation practices. Bryan Judd, Associate, Corporate, BirminghamSoo Yeon Kim, Of Counsel, Insurance & Financial Services Litigation, New York CityWill Cranford, Of Counsel, Correctional Litigation, Huntsville "These experienced attorneys will play an...

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