Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Executive Vice President, Institute for Legal Reform
Harold H. Kim serves as the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. He is responsible for providing strategy, policy guidance, programmatic management, and leadership support for ILR’s comprehensive program aimed at improving the nation’s litigation climate. Harold is also an elected member of the American Law Institute and International Association of Defense Counsel.
Before joining ILR, Kim was special assistant to the President in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. In that position, he served as former President George W. Bush’s liaison to the Senate on matters involving national security, the judiciary, civil justice reform, intellectual property, and criminal law enforcement. During his tenure, he helped win confirmation for several of President Bush’s judicial and executive nominees and worked closely with Congress to advance the administration’s policy priorities.From 2003 to 2007, Kim served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as deputy chief counsel to ranking member Arlen Specter, and as senior committee counsel for then-Chairman Orrin Hatch. During the passage of the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act, Kim was the committee’s chief civil counsel and advised Republican members during the bill’s committee markup and Senate floor action. He also advised the committee members in the areas of asbestos, class action, medical malpractice, and bankruptcy litigation reform.
Prior to government service, Kim was a senior litigation associate at the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP.
Kim is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. He earned a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.