Board of Trustees
Beong-Soo Kim, Esq.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Beong-Soo Kim has served as the senior vice president and general counsel of the University of Southern California since July 2020. In this capacity, he oversees all of USC’s legal affairs and directs the Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal and strategic advice across all of USC’s administrative functions, schools, and departments, as well as Keck Medicine of USC.
Before joining USC, Kim served for almost six years as vice president in the national legal department of Kaiser Permanente, where he advised senior leadership and the board on significant legal, regulatory, and compliance risks across all of its markets and operations. Earlier in his career, Kim served for nearly nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he was ultimately promoted to chief of the major frauds section, a 36-attorney unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting significant financial crimes across Southern California and the nation. Kim was also a partner at Jones Day, where he represented major corporate, governmental, and nonprofit clients in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation, appeals, and investigations.
Kim began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as an associate at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Throughout his career, Kim has been committed to advancing legal education — as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, an instructor at the National Advocacy Center, an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law, and a frequent panelist and speaker.
Kim holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, a master of science degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He completed the executive leadership program at Harvard Business School in 2016, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit community organizations.