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John Ki

John Ki chairs the Litigation and Labor & Employment practices at Lee & Ki. With a decade of experience honing his craft at some of the largest and most prestigious law firms and government agencies in the United States, John is uniquely poised to provide our clients with the exceptional and sophisticated service expected of large, corporate law firms but at a "small firm price."

Since graduating from law school in 1999 where he clerked for United States Federal Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., John has acquired extensive courtroom knowledge in the arenas of commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Prior to joining Lee & Ki as a name Partner, John previously worked as:

  • an attorney in the New York office of Jackson Lewis, the premier law firm in the United States specializing in labor and employment law with over 550 attorneys nationwide, where he represented large and small government contractors meet their labor and employment law obligations

  • an attorney in the nearly 400 attorney strong Washington, D.C. law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green, where he squared off against some of the nationí»s strongest labor unions such as UNITE HERE and the SEIU, in successfully negotiating collective bargaining agreements and fighting unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board

  • an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland, where he represented the Maryland Aviation Administra tion (BWI/Thurgood Marshall Airport) in all litigation, including zoning hearings and appeals, contract bid protests, federal security clearance, insurance litigation, and personal injury litigation throughout the Maryland federal, state and administrative court system

  • an Assistant District Director, United States Department of Labor, where he brought enforcement actions and ensured compliance with the nationí»s employment laws by working toward eradicating discrimination in the workplace

    Mr. Ki came to U. S. in the 70s as a young child from Korea. As with many immigrant families, John learned the value of hard work by working in his parentsí» business, starting at 11 years old. John earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Binghamton Univ. (NY, 1994) and his JD, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve School of Law (OH - 1999). John is admitted to practice law in MD and DC. John and his wife, a prominent physician with her own medical practice, reside in Rockville, MD with their two daughters (5 & 3).

    Representative Cases

  • Craig v. MAA, Case No. CCB01CV3506 (after three-day jury trial, obtained verdict in favor of the Maryland Aviation Administration against Plaintiffs allegations of sex discrimination);
  • AmA, Inc. v. MAA (administrative proceeding before the Federal Aviation Administration);
  • Daniels-Chamble v. Baltimore Life Ins. Co., Inc., (obtained summary judgment for Defendant-Employer against allegations of sex discrimination);
  • EEOC v. TCIM Services, Inc., Civ. (obtained summary judgment for the Defendant-Employer against allegations of unlawful retaliation under Title VII brought by the EEOC);
  • Taylor v. Ritz Camera Centers, Inc., Civ., aff'd, Taylor v. Ritz Camera Centers, Inc., U.S.App. LEXIS 22960 (obtained summary judgment for the Defendant-Employer against allegations of reverse sexual harassment).


  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., Binghamton University, magna cum laude

    Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

    Community Service

  • Founder, past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member, 2010 NAPABA Convention Steering Committee
  • Vice-President, Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues