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John Kim

Divorce and separation Attorney at Rockford, IL

5.0   5 reviews

also known as John S. Kim

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2011
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    A significant portion of our firm’s family law practice involves representing individual spouses during the divorce process. Divorce is just that – a process – and it is important that you approach your divorce with the right frame of mind.

  2. Child custody
    We provide experienced representation for child custody and child support matters as well. Whether you need to establish custody or support rights, enforce a former spouse’s or partner’s obligations, or modify an existing custody or support award.

  3. Family
    When facing a family-related legal issue, your choice of legal representation matters. You need an attorney who not only understands the legalities of your situation, but who also knows how to address them in a way that minimizes any hostility.

  4. Personal injury

  5. Child support
    If you would like to speak with Attorney Kim at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP, please contact us today to arrange a confidential consultation at our offices in Rockford, Illinois.


John Kim is a Partner at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP, concentrating his practice in all areas of civil litigation with a focus in family law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kim began his career with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kim has represented a variety of clients including professionals, executives, business owners, attorneys, public figures, and other individuals seeking effective and efficient legal counsel. While Mr. Kim prioritizes the importance of resolving matters quickly and expeditiously through skilled negotiation, he does not hesitate to proceed with litigation if necessary. A seasoned courtroom litigator, Mr. Kim works to achieve successful resolution for all his clients.

Mr. Kim has been recognized for his courtroom accomplishments by Leading Lawyers as a 2019, 2020, and 2021 Emerging Lawyer (awarded to the top 2% of lawyers in Illinois under 40 years old) based on a survey of his peers. Mr. Kim has also been recognized by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the top attorneys in Illinois under 40 years of age. Outside the practice of law, Mr. Kim is involved in numerous civic organizations. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Rockford as well as on the Board of Directors for the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford. He also previously served as a member of the Winnebago County Bar Association Board as the President of the Young Lawyers Association.

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


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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Great Experience
While a divorce is something one should avoid entirely, John made the process more palatable. John was able to keep me informed throughout the proceedings and represent my voice in these two party talks. When you go into battle, its very important to have someone to take a stand on your side. John is a consummate professional and one that can be trusted. My only hope is I will not have to use his services again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2014
Gregarious personality!!! John was my rock when I needed it the most. Trustworthy, smart, and did the small things that matter most. He showed up on time, never wasted my time and always had my best interests at heart. I really was put at ease, during my case, because of him. I would highly recommend John Kim to anybody that needs an attorney.
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Posted by Stephanie | December 23, 2014
Custody Case
Attorney Kim handled my custody case this year and I highly recommend him. He is very professional and helped me step by step through a very difficult situation. He is extremely knowledgeable and very respected by other attorneys. My case was always in good hands with Attorney Kim. I have the utmost respect for him and deeply appreciate what he has done for myself and my family.
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Posted by Erica | November 15, 2013
Attorney Kim did a wonderful job handling my divorce. He was respectful, organized and reliable. He took his time explaining all the information to me, so I didn't feel anymore overwhelmed. He also kept me informed of new developments and was able to finalize my divorce quickly. I would highly recommend John Kim to anyone seeking an attorney.
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Posted by Jared | November 13, 2013
My Divorce
Attorney Kim did an excellent job in working with my divorce. He never "dropped the ball" and was very prompt to act no matter which direction the case started going. I never had to worry about his abilities in getting things done correctly. If I told him that I wanted something done in a particular fashion it was done exactly that way. He would always make sure to warn me or counsel me if he didn't agree with my decision but catered to my requests. Attorney Kim is very articulate and I never found any problems or had any issues with the paperwork or contracts surrounding my case. He is very competent and was always very prompt in returning my calls or giving me a heads up about any developments in the case. I will definitely be retaining Attorney Kim in the future if I should need an attorney. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera
  • 2013 - Present


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Illinois
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Boys and Girls Club of Rockford
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • President of the Young Lawyers Association
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2020
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40 in Illinois
  • National Association of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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  • Winnebago County Bar Association Journal
  • President's Address
  • 2014
  • Winnebago County Bar Association Journal
  • President's Address
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
Endorse John
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Kim is a fierce advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a tenacious litigator and advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kim is a true litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an exceptional attorney in our legal community. He is conscientious, hard working, and a formidable adversary when representing the opposing party in complex family litigation. Any person facing a divorce or custody battle would do well to retain him."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"After working with John for a short period of time, it has become clear that he is a tenacious and dedicated advocate for his clients. I would highly recommend any and all of my clients in need of family, divorce, or child related advice to seek representation by John Kim. He is a true professional."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is highly skilled in divorce matters. John demonstrates both a high level of litigation skill and client attentiveness that separates him from most family law attorneys."
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I went to law school with John and have known him to be an intelligent, driven and careful legal mind - traits which serve his clients undoubtedly well. I recommend John to anyone in need of a conscientious and able family law attorney."
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Rockford Divorce and separation Lawyer John Kim
John Kim
Divorce and separation Attorney
Rockford, IL
Licensed for 11 years
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