Monica Kim

Practice Groups:

Business and Commercial Litigation

Cannabis Business & Law


Employment & Labor

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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Firm Attorneys Edit and Author Chapters for IICLE® Special Districts Law - 05/09/2014

Feehan Authors Chapter on Remedies for Noncompliance - 03/28/2014

Six Associates Sworn In to Practice in Illinois - 11/01/2013


  • Juris Doctor, The University of Iowa College of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts-Psychology and Classical Studies, Kalamazoo College, 2009

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Monica Kim (Associate)


Monica concentrates her practice on commercial and business litigation. Monica has represented individual and business clients in litigation in state and federal courts in Illinois as well as in commercial arbitrations. Her focus on commercial disputes includes matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business torts. Monica has experience in all aspects of pre-trial and post-trial activity, including motion practice, discovery, settlement negotiations and appeals.

Additionally, Monica represents school district clients in various aspects of educational law, including, reorganization of school districts under the Illinois School Code, Illinois Election Code, and related federal law. She has counseled clients in the administrative procedures and regulations in drafting and enforcing deactivation agreements, closing and sale of school building, assessment of school finances and taxes, and negotiations with school boards and regional offices of education. Monica also advises clients on a variety of employment issues in business practices, including, employee benefits, Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Monica also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of individuals in family law matters. Monica was a recipient of the 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Peoria County Bar Association and Prairie State Legal Services, a leading non-profit legal services provider in Northern and Central Illinois.

During law school, Monica gained litigation experience as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Northern District of Iowa. She also served as a research assistant to Professor William G. Buss in the areas of comparative constitutional law and family law. Monica was awarded the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence and was indicted into the Pro Bono Society, where she volunteered primarily with Iowa Legal Aid and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago. She also served as President of the Asian American Law Student Association and was elected to the Executive Board of the Iowa Student Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Monica is fluent in Korean.

Significant Cases

  • Representation of a construction client in a commercial arbitration involving breach of contract. Successfully defended against all pre-hearing motions such as determining the hearing locale, and motion to compel expert reports, as well as defended at arbitration.
  • Representation of a client in a property dispute involving breach of contract and trust and estates. Successfully brought a motion for summary judgment, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Successfully represented the Illinois Elementary School Association in the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights investigation into a Title IX gender discrimination claim associated with interscholastic wrestling. A female wrestler alleged that she was subject to discrimination by the Illinois Elementary School Association on the basis that she had suffered a disproportionate number of forfeits during meets and that the policies and programs of the Illinois Elementary School Association operated to foster and promote these forfeits. As a result of the investigation conducted by the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Illinois Elementary School Association was found not to have engaged in discriminatory practices.
  • Sperry v. Bravo Care of Galesburg (2014) Represented Bravo Care in the Central District of Illinois in a pregnancy discrimination case in which plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit because of the aggressive defense of the case.


  • "Cemetery Maintenance Districts," chapter in Special Districts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Patient Problems: Understanding the Legal Impact of Being a Cannabis Patient”
    Heyl Royster Cannabis Business & Law Webinar 2016
  • “Student Surveys and Evaluations Do's and Don'ts”
    Education Law Seminar: "Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know," NBI 2016

Professional Recognition

  • 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year Award – Peoria County Bar Association and Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Abraham Lincoln Court

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of Illinois