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Yale K. Kim

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Yale K. Kim is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, where he is a member of the Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, and Receivership, Lenders & Special Creditor Remedies Practice Groups. Yale is also a member of the Litigation Department.

Yale’s practice, which now spans 20 years, generally focuses on the representation of creditors in litigation proceedings in state and federal courts. He also represents creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, including prosecuting and defending adversary proceedings.


In bankruptcy matters, Yale has represented secured creditors and landlord creditors through numerous Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 commercial real estate bankruptcies involving office buildings, apartment buildings and land developments, among others. Based upon his extensive experience in such matters, Yale has counseled clients throughout the complicated bankruptcy process and advised on overall strategy and procedure for creditors with the client's business objective in mind.

In addition to Yale's commercial real estate bankruptcy experience, he has represented creditors in all aspects of adversary proceedings including defending preference and other avoidance actions, and also assisted creditors throughout the claims process.

Yale also has extensive experience in representing creditors in consumer bankruptcy cases involving individual Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 matters, and Chapter 7 liquidation cases. Yale has represented numerous financial institutions as creditors and assisted them through the consumer bankruptcy process, and has also defended creditors in related adversary proceedings. Yale's experience in handling consumer bankruptcy matters extends to numerous jurisdictions outside of California.

His prior experience as a judicial law clerk for the longest-sitting bankruptcy judge in the Central District of California, Los Angeles Division, Judge Barry Russell, has provided significant depth to Yale's experience as a bankruptcy lawyer. This experience has enabled him to effectively advise clients in understanding the overall bankruptcy court process and the decision-making rationale of bankruptcy court judges.

Creditors' Rights

In state court litigation matters, Yale has considerable experience in representing creditors in both pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies. He has assisted creditors in exercising remedies following loan defaults, and successfully sought the appointment of receiver in both real estate and non-real estate cases.  On behalf of creditors, Yale has successfully obtained pre-judgment remedies, such as writs of attachment and possession, and post-judgment remedies, such as writs of execution, judgment debtor examinations, abstracts of judgment and UCC judgment liens.  Yale also has experience in enforcing lender remedies against guarantors following a borrower loan default.

Financial Institution Legal Matters

Yale is experienced in defending financial institution clients in all aspects of mortgage-related litigation, related to claims dealing with loan origination, loan servicing (including loan modification), foreclosure, and the post-foreclosure REO process. Yale has handled numerous cases through this litigation process and successfully resolved these cases either through dispositive pleadings or settlement.

Yale also has expertise in counseling financial institutions on regulatory compliance issues related to, among others, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HOBOR). Yale provides guidance to financial institution clients in navigating the regulatory compliance issues they may face in regard to servicing of loans and their interaction with borrowers.


For receivership matters, Yale has extensive experience in representing receivers appointed in Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement actions in federal courts. He has represented federal receivers through the entire receivership process in federal courts and assisted the receivers in the administration of the receivership estate properties including the sale of assets, the "claw-back" of assets through litigation, the claims disposition process, the plan of distribution process, and following distribution, the closing of the receiverships. Yale has worked closely with federal receivers, and the federal regulatory agencies, in ensuring an efficient and effective administration of these receiverships on behalf of the investors and creditors who are looking for recoveries from the receiverships.

Assignment for Benefit of Creditors

In addition to his receivership experience, Yale has experience in representing assignees for benefit of creditors under California statutory law, and has assisted assignees in all aspects of the assignment process, including implementation of terms of the general assignment agreement, liquidation of assets, claims review, and negotiations for wind-down of the assignor's business operations.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Yale practiced for six years in the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy department of the Los Angeles office of Mayer Brown LLP.

Yale has formerly served as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division, and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit, from 1996 to 1997.


  • Financial Lawyers Conference 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights Committee


Yale received his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he made the dean’s list. He received his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as a technical editor for the Santa Clara University Law Review.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California 
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals