Kristina S. Kim
Of Counsel

Ms. Kim is of counsel in the firm’s Business Department. Her practice focuses on international and cross border investment, trade, tax and corporate matters, with a special attention to compliance with regulations regarding supply chain security, customs documentations, tariffs and duties, and international trade agreements.  


Ms. Kim received her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987.  She earned her law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1993. 

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Ms. Kim worked as General Counsel for Samsung International, Inc. and Samsung Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. 

Representative Matters

  • Counsel and advise clients on international commercial trade and business transactions, governed under US, Mexican and Latin American customs regulations and trade agreements, ensuring full compliance
  • Counsel and advise clients over internal processes and reporting controls involving the integrity of supply chain conveyances under NAFTA and Mexico’s free-trade agreement with Latin American countries
  • Counsel and advise clients on international risk identification and assessment, investigations on violation of ethics or anti-corruption rules, implementation of prevention programs (including internal training) and enforcement and corrective actions

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Korean-Mexican Maquiladora Association (KMA)
  • CANIETI (National Chamber of Electronic and Telecommunication Industry – Mexico)
  • INDEX (Association of Mexico Manufacturers and Exportation Industry)
  • Korean-American Bar Association - San Diego Chapter (KABA-SD)
  • South County EDC (SCEDC)
  • San Diego Regional EDC (SDREDC)
  • Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce (OMCC)
  • Asian Business Association - SD (ABA)


Ms. Kim is fluent in Spanish and Korean.

International Standards & Government Program Expertise

  • US, North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • USCBP, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
  • USCBP, Importer Self-Assessment (ISA)
  • Mexico, Operador Económico Autorizado (OEA)
  • Worldwide, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)
  • USCBP, Centers of Excellence and Expertise – Electronics (CEE)
  • Mexico, Maquiladora Program (IMMEX, PROSEC)
  • WCO, Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE)