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Joel Richardson

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International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation


Joel Richardson is a foreign attorney in the International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice of Kim & Chang. Mr. Richardson has represented clients in numerous arbitrations administered by a wide variety of institutions including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, AAA, and CAS as well as ad hoc arbitrations, and seated in a diverse range of jurisdictions, including Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Geneva, New York, Zurich and Lausanne. Mr. Richardson’s arbitration experience has covered a broad range of fields, including mergers and acquisitions, construction, outbound investment, joint ventures, sales of goods and intellectual property licensing.

Mr. Richardson regularly speaks at seminars and international conferences on international arbitration topics, and has published numerous articles on issues in international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution in Korea. Mr. Richardson also regularly advises Korean parties regarding litigation in the United States and advises foreign clients regarding Korean court litigation in conjunction with Kim & Chang’s Korean licensed attorneys.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Richardson served as a judicial clerk to Judge William D. Stiehl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and practiced commercial litigation with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and New York, where he gained extensive experience in all phases of litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts.




Admitted to bar, Maryland, 2002; District of Columbia, 2003; United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2005


Washington University School of Law (J.D., 2002)
Augustana College (B.A., cum laude, Economics and Accounting, 1998)

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Korean heavyweight Kim & Chang’s Seoul office handles work not just in engineering, but also concerning M&A disputes, global projects and investment disputes. Chul-Won Lee is representing a Korean shipyard in a $500m dispute with an offshore drilling contractor, with other key lawyers in the team including Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park. Foreign attorneys of note include Joel Richardson and Kay-Jannes Wegner – the former is admitted in the District of Columbia, the latter in England and Germany; Richardson and Byung-Woo Im represent a Korean industrial company in a dispute concerning oil pipelines in the GCC region.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Kim & Chang ‘consistently delivers an extremely high level of service' in the most complex international disputes, particularly within M&A, construction and shipping sectors. The practice jointly led by Byung-Chol Yoon  and Eun Young Park; Yoon ‘manages the client interface and client meetings very well’ and is highly experienced in cross-border disputes; he and Sungjean Seo successfully defended a Korean shipbuilder in a London-based ad hoc arbitration. Meanwhile, Park, Byung-Woo Im and Joel Richardson represented the claimant, a Korean subsidiary of a French industrial gases supplier, in ICC arbitration over the termination of a supply agreement. Kay-Jannes Wegner is ‘one of the best advocates in Korea’; he regularly acts in cases involving European interests. Richard Menard and Chul-Won Lee are also recommended. Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung has joined Microsoft Korea as head of corporate, external and legal affairs.

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