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Former Municipal Court Judge Sy Kim joins Cullen and Dykman in Hackensack

April 10, 2019
Garden City, NY

Cullen and Dykman LLP is pleased to announce that Sy Kim has joined the firm’s rapidly growing Hackensack office as a Partner in its Banking Litigation Department. Kim has served as litigation counsel for many companies as well as represent numerous international companies in establishing a presence in the United States.

Kim comes to the firm with over 27 years of experience representing his clients in a wide array of legal matters, including commercial and mixed-use real estate development, estate planning, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and corporate matters whereby he advises his international and domestic business clients on matters abroad and within the United States.  Many of Kim’s clients have originated from his extensive experience and roots within the Korean community both in New Jersey and New York. 

Christopher H. Palmer, Managing Partner of Cullen and Dykman, stated that “We are very excited about Sy joining Cullen and Dykman.  Not only will Sy add depth and experience to our already strong Hackensack office, but we also are quite optimistic about the potential for growth that Sy can provide to other areas of our firm”.

A former New Jersey municipal court judge, Kim was one of the first Korean-American judges appointed in the United States in 1998 and had also served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Asian American Commission appointed by the then Governor.

“I am excited to have a partner of Sy Kim’s expertise join our firm. Sy’s transactional experience enhances our practice group’s capabilities and will be integral to our expansion of services as we continue to grow to meet our clients’ needs. His experience in international matters has the potential to open new markets for us,” noted Joseph Behot, one of the partners managing the Firm’s New Jersey practice.

Kim earned his J.D. from Washington College of Law at The American University and his B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University. Kim is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

About Cullen and Dykman LLP

Cullen and Dykman LLP ( has been providing legal services to individual and institutional clients since 1850 and represents a wide range of clients including banks and other financial institutions; energy, telecommunications and water companies; educational institutions; religious organizations; insurance companies; municipalities and not-for-profits. The firm’s practice areas include banking finance and lending; corporate; energy and utilities; telecommunications; public utility regulation; environmental and land use; tax certiorari and eminent domain; real estate; regulatory and compliance; loan restructuring and foreclosure; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; tort and commercial litigation; labor and employment law; municipal law; construction law; and trusts and estates.