Ester Kim is a Korean American who immigrated to the United States from Brazil. She first aspired to become an attorney during her time as an undergraduate when she received silver and bronze medals for Debate in California State and National Championship competitions, respectively. However, Ester’s fascination with the law extends well beyond argument. She majored in Law and Society at the University of California in Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and was a member of the Dean’s List. Her studies focused on how to best bridge the gap between those who might be fearful of or intimidated by the law and the lawyers and lawmakers who might be too far removed from the needs of society. This knowledge helps Ester to compassionately and effectively represent her clients.Ester was admitted to the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a Barrister’s scholarship. During her first year, Ester volunteered with the Pipeline Mentorship program, where low-income, at-risk children were paired with Law Students who assisted the children with schoolwork and guided them toward future success. During law school, Ester was also a paralegal for a law practice focused on Writs of Habeas Corpus to the California Supreme Court on behalf of Death Row inmates. Her senior year was spent as a Student Attorney for the Victims of Crime Legal Clinic where she represented the victims of domestic violence and other crimes. Ester also volunteered with the Immigration Clinic in their bi-annual Citizenship Fair where thousands of resident aliens were assisted in navigating through the path to citizenship.
Before and after being admitted to the Bar, Ester worked as a Legal Consultant for a financial recruiting firm. She then served as the Judicial Intern at the Torrance Superior Courthouse for the Honorable Commissioner John A. Slawson where she was assigned by the court to research and analyze issues of law arising from the daily course of court proceedings including: Evidence Law, Corporations Law, Agency Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, UCCJEA, The Hague Conventions, Property Law, Civil Harassment and Domestic Violence. The court also appointed Ester to serve as Attorney Mediator for calendared hearings. At the time she resigned from her internship, Ester held a 100% success rate.
Ester has her own Family Law practice in the South Bay and is also “Of Counsel” to Daigneault, Abel and Daigneault. She is a member of the South Bay Bar Association and the Co-Chairperson of the Social Committee. She speaks Korean fluently and some Spanish.
When she is not practicing law, Ester stays active and can usually be found on her Stand-Up Paddleboard with her faithful Yorkshire Terrier along for the ride.