Naeun Rim possesses over a decade of experience as a litigator and is particularly known for her expertise in trial work. Since joining Bird Marella in 2016, she has played a key role and cross examined witnesses as part of several large trial teams in complex civil and criminal jury trials in both federal and California state court.

She focuses her practice on criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations.  She has won arbitrations and secured multi-million dollar judgments in her civil cases, and secured acquittals, dismissals, and favorable sentencing results in her criminal matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Naeun served as a Trial Deputy for four years at the Federal Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, where she first-chaired numerous high-stakes felony jury trials.  During her time as a Trial Deputy, she appeared in hundreds of federal criminal cases and developed a reputation amongst federal judges and prosecutors alike as a skilled and credible advocate.  She represented defendants in matters involving complex wire and mail fraud, health care fraud, access device fraud, environmental crimes, computer crimes, tax evasion, and more.

Before joining the Federal Defender’s Office, Naeun was selected as Public Counsel’s first Proskauer Rose Civil Justice Fellow after a nationwide search.  During her fellowship, she spent three years overseeing the Federal Pro Se Clinic in the Central District of California, where she represented litigants involved in civil litigation who could not afford an attorney.  She won numerous motions and obtained favorable settlements for her clients in cases involving matters such as RICO claims, civil rights claims, and intellectual property disputes.

Naeun clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the Central District of California. Conversationally fluent in Korean, she received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2008
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Southern California Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine, 2019

Representative Cases

  • Trial counsel for a Fortune 150 company in a four-month state criminal jury trial alleging environmental crimes.  Cross-examined multiple witnesses and successfully argued evidentiary motions.

  • Defense counsel for multiple corporate claimants in the largest federal civil forfeiture action ever brought by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (involving over $1.7 billion of assets allegedly misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund).  Successfully moved to set aside all defaults entered in the forfeiture cases.

  • Trial counsel in a multi-million dollar federal civil jury trial alleging trade secret misappropriation claims.  Direct-examined a high-level executive and helped shape trial strategy.

  • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for clients in an employment case after successfully deposing a key witness.

  • Obtained an agreement to dismiss all charges in a 23-count criminal healthcare fraud case

Affiliations

  • Fellow, NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program, 2018-present
  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, 2019
  • Executive Committee, Barristers Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009-2012

Recent News & Events

  • Naeun Rim to Speak at Korean American Bar Association CLE Program

    On September 17, principal Naeun Rim will be a speaker at the KABA CLE program, “Out of the Public Sector: From Private Practice to the Bench.” Rim will join fellow panelists Vicki Chou of Hueston Hennigan, Ann Kim of Hogan Lovells, and the Honorable Dorothy C. Kim to discuss how ...

  • Bird Marella Wins Bail for Marine Corps Veteran in Internationally Publicized Extradition Case

    Principals Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim, along with associate Christopher Lee, obtained the release on bail of a pro bono client charged in a high-profile internationally-publicized extradition case. The client, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had been detained pending extradition to Spain based on allegations relating to an incident at the North Korean embassy in ...

  • Six Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Rising Stars list. Those recognized include: Julia Cherlow: Business Litigation Tristan Favro: Securities Litigation* Gopi Panchapakesan: Business Litigation Naeun Rim: White Collar Criminal Defense* Ray Seilie: Business Litigation* Fanxi Wang: ...

  • Bird Marella Persuades Judge to Reject Prosecutors’ Request for Billion Dollar Fine

    Following the successful defense of Plains All American Pipeline in a four-month jury trial last summer involving an oil spill in Santa Barbara, Bird Marella prevailed at the sentencing hearing held on April 25th. The Plains defense team, led by principals Gary Lincenberg and Ariel Neuman along with principal Naeun Rim and ...

  • Bird Marella Elevates Naeun Rim to Principal

    Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of Naeun Rim to principal, effective January 1, 2019. Naeun previously served as of counsel to the firm and concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations. Since joining Bird Marella in 2016, she has won ...

  • Naeun Rim Discusses Significant Legal Developments in White Collar Crime

    Bird Marella of counsel Naeun Rim recently spoke on a panel entitled “Significant Legal Developments in the Western Region” at the American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime. Ms. Rim discussed case trends in the Central District of California and California Courts in the Southern California ...

  • Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim Speak at 2016 NAPABA Convention

    Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, principal, and Naeun Rim, of counsel, participated in the panel discussion, “The Art of the Cross: Developing Your Own Style,” at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention on Friday, November 4th. The panel provided useful strategies and methods attorneys can implement ...

Other News & Events

  • Speaker, “Out of the Public Sector: From Private Practice to the Bench” CLE, Korean American Bar Association, September 2019
  • Speaker, “Cross-Border Litigation” CLE, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, June 2019
  • Speaker, “Significant Legal Developments in the Western Region,” American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2017
  • Speaker, “The Art of the Cross: Developing Your Own Style,” 2016 NAPABA Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2016

Publications

  • Author, “Brady v. Pitchess: A Constitutional Crisis 40 Years in the Making,” Daily Journal, May 2019

Naeun Rim possesses over a decade of experience as a litigator and is particularly known for her expertise in trial work. Since joining Bird Marella in 2016, she has played a key role and cross examined witnesses as part of several large trial teams in complex civil and criminal jury trials in both federal and California state court.

She focuses her practice on criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations.  She has won arbitrations and secured multi-million dollar judgments in her civil cases, and secured acquittals, dismissals, and favorable sentencing results in her criminal matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Naeun served as a Trial Deputy for four years at the Federal Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, where she first-chaired numerous high-stakes felony jury trials.  During her time as a Trial Deputy, she appeared in hundreds of federal criminal cases and developed a reputation amongst federal judges and prosecutors alike as a skilled and credible advocate.  She represented defendants in matters involving complex wire and mail fraud, health care fraud, access device fraud, environmental crimes, computer crimes, tax evasion, and more.

Before joining the Federal Defender’s Office, Naeun was selected as Public Counsel’s first Proskauer Rose Civil Justice Fellow after a nationwide search.  During her fellowship, she spent three years overseeing the Federal Pro Se Clinic in the Central District of California, where she represented litigants involved in civil litigation who could not afford an attorney.  She won numerous motions and obtained favorable settlements for her clients in cases involving matters such as RICO claims, civil rights claims, and intellectual property disputes.

Naeun clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the Central District of California. Conversationally fluent in Korean, she received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Representative Cases

  • Trial counsel for a Fortune 150 company in a four-month state criminal jury trial alleging environmental crimes.  Cross-examined multiple witnesses and successfully argued evidentiary motions.

  • Defense counsel for multiple corporate claimants in the largest federal civil forfeiture action ever brought by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (involving over $1.7 billion of assets allegedly misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund).  Successfully moved to set aside all defaults entered in the forfeiture cases.

  • Trial counsel in a multi-million dollar federal civil jury trial alleging trade secret misappropriation claims.  Direct-examined a high-level executive and helped shape trial strategy.

  • Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for clients in an employment case after successfully deposing a key witness.

  • Obtained an agreement to dismiss all charges in a 23-count criminal healthcare fraud case

Affiliations

  • Fellow, NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program, 2018-present
  • Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association, 2019
  • Executive Committee, Barristers Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009-2012

News & Events

Naeun Rim to Speak at Korean American Bar Association CLE Program

On September 17, principal Naeun Rim will be a speaker at the KABA CLE program, “Out of the Public Sector: From Private Practice to the Bench.” Rim will join fellow panelists Vicki Chou of Hueston Hennigan, Ann Kim of Hogan Lovells, and the Honorable Dorothy C. Kim to discuss how ...

Bird Marella Wins Bail for Marine Corps Veteran in Internationally Publicized Extradition Case

Principals Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim, along with associate Christopher Lee, obtained the release on bail of a pro bono client charged in a high-profile internationally-publicized extradition case. The client, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had been detained pending extradition to Spain based on allegations relating to an incident at the North Korean embassy in ...

Six Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Bird Marella is proud to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Rising Stars list. Those recognized include: Julia Cherlow: Business Litigation Tristan Favro: Securities Litigation* Gopi Panchapakesan: Business Litigation Naeun Rim: White Collar Criminal Defense* Ray Seilie: Business Litigation* Fanxi Wang: ...

Bird Marella Persuades Judge to Reject Prosecutors’ Request for Billion Dollar Fine

Following the successful defense of Plains All American Pipeline in a four-month jury trial last summer involving an oil spill in Santa Barbara, Bird Marella prevailed at the sentencing hearing held on April 25th. The Plains defense team, led by principals Gary Lincenberg and Ariel Neuman along with principal Naeun Rim and ...

Bird Marella Elevates Naeun Rim to Principal

Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of Naeun Rim to principal, effective January 1, 2019. Naeun previously served as of counsel to the firm and concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations. Since joining Bird Marella in 2016, she has won ...

Naeun Rim Discusses Significant Legal Developments in White Collar Crime

Bird Marella of counsel Naeun Rim recently spoke on a panel entitled “Significant Legal Developments in the Western Region” at the American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime. Ms. Rim discussed case trends in the Central District of California and California Courts in the Southern California ...

Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim Speak at 2016 NAPABA Convention

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, principal, and Naeun Rim, of counsel, participated in the panel discussion, “The Art of the Cross: Developing Your Own Style,” at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention on Friday, November 4th. The panel provided useful strategies and methods attorneys can implement ...

Other News & Events

  • Speaker, “Out of the Public Sector: From Private Practice to the Bench” CLE, Korean American Bar Association, September 2019
  • Speaker, “Cross-Border Litigation” CLE, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, June 2019
  • Speaker, “Significant Legal Developments in the Western Region,” American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2017
  • Speaker, “The Art of the Cross: Developing Your Own Style,” 2016 NAPABA Convention, San Diego, CA, November 2016

Publications

  • Author, “Brady v. Pitchess: A Constitutional Crisis 40 Years in the Making,” Daily Journal, May 2019