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John Kim is an associate at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, & Van Evera, LLP, joining the law firm in August 2013.  Prior to that, Mr. Kim was an associate at the law firm of Laura A. Epstein & Associates, LLC where he concentrated his practice in all areas of Family Law.  He is an experienced courtroom litigator who began his career with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office presenting numerous bench and jury trials for petty, misdemeanor, and felony offenses.

During law school, Mr. Kim served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph G. McGraw, Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois, conducting statutory and case law research for Class 1, 2, and X felony cases.  He was also an assistant to Professor Robert L. Jones where Mr. Kim provided research regarding the formation of the judicial branch and the role of the judiciary branch in democratic governance.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, Mr. Kim spent a semester in college clerking for the United States Department of Justice in the Fraud and Public Corruption Division where he assisted United States Attorneys in the investigation and preparation of cases for trial.


Languages spoken: English, Korean

Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    4 years
  2. Family: 15%
    4 years
  3. Child Custody: 15%
    4 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    4 years
  5. Child Support: 10%
    4 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Thomas Myzia

    I have known Mr. Kim for a number of years now and throughout that time I have been impressed with Mr. Kim's professionalism and skill. Mr. Kim is an extremely hard working attorney who is consistently professional and always prepared. His work is precise and thoughtful. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Kim for anyone who is looking for an attorney to address a family law situation.


    Michael Myzia Speeding & Traffic Ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas David Chan

    I have had the privilege of knowing and working with John on a personal and professional level. I have observed John’s day-to-day work-related characteristics and habits: John is always diligent and timely. His demeanor is always professional. John and I have often collaborated on projects together and from such experiences I know that John is the type of lawyer who can readily spot and articulate legal issues, and maintain focus on a project to its completion. John is the kind of attorney who can handle many different tasks and consistently produce work product that is articulate, well reasoned, and solidly grounded in the law. I can say assuredly that John Kim is a man of outstanding character and possessing strong abilities in the law; and for that, I endorse John for anyone in need of a family law attorney.


    Thomas Chan Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, L.L.P.

6833 Stalter Dr
Rockford, IL, 61108-2579


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201111/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40 in IllinoisNational Association of Family Law Attorneys2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateBarrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera2013 - Present
AssociateLaura A. Epstein & Associates, LLC2012 - 2013
Prosecuting AttorneyWinnebago County State's Attorney's Office2010 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Winnebago County Bar AssociationPresident of the Young Lawyers Association2014 - Present
Winnebago County Bar AssociationCo-Chair; Social and Registration Committee2013 - 2013
Winnebago County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Winnebago County Bar AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Winnebago County Bar Association JournalPresident's Address2014
Winnebago County Bar Association JournalPresident's Address2014
Winnebago County Bar Association JournalPresident's Address2014
Winnebago County Bar Association JournalPresident's Address2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of IllinoisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2007