Jane A. Kim, a Chicago-area native, has been practicing in the employment law field since 2007, when she moved to Little Rock to start her legal career at Wright Lindsey Jennings. She maintains an active litigation practice, primarily defending a wide range of clients in state and federal court actions—including class and collective actions—involving claims under the various civil rights laws and the wage and hour laws, and claims related to employment agreements, covenants not to compete, and trade secrets. Kim also regularly provides advice and training on employment law compliance and represents employers in state and federal government agency investigations.
Kim serves as Chair of the firm’s Committee on Associates and is fluent in Korean.
Kim’s more recent experience includes:
- Lead counsel for a state-wide restaurant chain in a wage and hour lawsuit asserting both collective and class claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act. The Court granted summary judgment to the restaurant on the primary claim related to an alleged illegal tip pool and decertified the conditionally-certified collective action as to the remaining side work wage and hour claims.
- Co-counsel defending a regional mental health care provider and a regional oil and gas company in lawsuits alleging wage and hour law violations, including collective and class claims. The Court in each case denied the plaintiff’s motion for conditional certification of a collective action.
- Lead counsel for a nationally-recognized Arkansas non-profit organization in lawsuits alleging claims of wage and hour law violations and discrimination.
- Lead counsel for a national crop insurance company in a lawsuit involving an employment/non-compete agreement dispute and breach of fiduciary duty claim against a former agent.
- Lead counsel for a regional trucking company facing an age and gender discrimination lawsuit. The Court granted the company’s motion for summary judgment.
- Lead counsel in numerous EEOC charges and DOL investigations alleging violations of federal anti-discrimination laws and wage and hour laws.
- Conducting internal investigations for private and public-sector employers.
Best Lawyers has recognized Kim in the areas of Employment Law–Management and Litigation–Labor and Employment. Kim has also been recognized as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers USA since 2016 and as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Labor and Employment by Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2013.
In 2018, Arkansas Business named Kim to its “40 Under 40” list of business and political leaders. Additionally, Kim was named to the inaugural Arkansas Business list of “Women to Watch” in Central Arkansas and is a graduate of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock program, Class XXVI.
Kim regularly presents or serves as a panelist at seminars on various employment law-related issues.
Kim has served as a member of the Board of Directors for VOCALS (Volunteer Organization for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services) since 2009.