Gina H. Kim
Attorney
Gina.Kim@brownandstreza.com
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Gina H. Kim is an attorney in the Tax, Trust, and Estates Department of Brown & Streza, LLP, where her practice focuses on estate planning for individuals, families, and business owners.  She helps navigate clients through complex estate planning strategies while helping them achieve their goals of tax savings and maintaining family harmony. Gina’s practice also includes advising trustees and other fiduciaries in trust and estate administration.

Prior to joining Brown & Streza, Gina advised high net worth individuals and families in estate planning and also represented corporate and private fiduciaries in both contested and uncontested matters. Gina’s prior litigation experience in the areas of trust and probate administration, conservatorships, and guardianships have enabled her to effectively advise fiduciaries to ensure they are in proper compliance with their fiduciary responsibilities, as well as to draft estate plans highly customized to tailor each client’s unique needs and goals, with an emphasis on reducing the risk of future litigation.

She is passionate about serving the needs of her clients, which is exemplified by her active pro bono work in the Orange County legal community. Gina was also actively involved with the Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA), previously serving on the Board of Directors from 2012-2017 and as Secretary from 2012-2016.

Gina earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado, where she received a merit-based scholarship, was involved with the Center for Energy and Environmental Security, and worked as a Research Assistant. During her third year of law school, Gina was selected to serve as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Steven Bernard at the Colorado Courts of Appeals in Denver. Gina earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with Dean’s Honors.

Gina is fluent in Korean. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, watching sports, and playing games.

Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration

  • Foundational Estate Planning: Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Health Care Directives
  • Advanced Estate Planning: Dynasty, GRATs, IDITs, ILITs, QPRTs, etc.
  • Intra-Family Transactions
  • Trust and Probate Administration
  • Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California – Attorney – 2019-Present
  • Vogt, Resnick & Sherak, LLP, Newport Beach, California – Attorney – 2015-2019
  • Law Offices of Ernest J. Kim, Irvine, California – Attorney – 2010-2015
  • Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado, 2010
  • Bachelors of Science, Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
  • Orange County Korean American Bar Association Quarterly Newsletter
  • International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
  • California State Bar: Member
  • Orange County Bar Association: Trust and Estates Section
  • Orange County Korean American Bar Association: Board of Directors (2011-2017); Secretary (2012-2016)
  • Orange County Asian American Bar Association: Member
  • Volunteer at the OCBA/PLC Guardianship Pro Bono Clinic at the Orange County Superior Court, Central Justice Center