The Honorable Mark C. Kim

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department S27

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Biography

The Hon. Mark C. Kim is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court by former Governor Pete Wilson in December of 1998. He was elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 as a result of the court's unification.

Kim, who is of Korean descent, spent the first ten years of his life in South Korea before returning to the United States.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. He went on to earn his J.D. from Cornell University School of Law, New York in 1988.

After graduating from law school, Kim joined the Los Angeles law firm of McKenna, Conner, and Cuneo as an attorney in 1988. In 1990 he became a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He remained there until his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1998.

During his time on the bench, Judge Kim has served as the supervising judge for the South District. In 2012 Kim, overturned a man's 2002 rape conviction, clearing his name, after the accuser admitted to fabricating the story.

He has been a member of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce.

Judge Kim enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Mark C. Kim

  • KEVIN DESHAN MABRY VS DR. CHRISTENSEN, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Kevin Deshan Mabry filed this action against Defendants, Dr. Christensen, Dr. Patel, Dr. Weingarten, Case Manager, Suran Yu, Stephen C. Cuthbertson, and College Medical Center for medical malpractice in connection with an Achilles tendon surgery.

    Plaintiff moves for summary judgment on t...

  • SOLANGE RUTLEDGE, ET AL. VS INVITATION HOMES, 2017-2 IH BORROWER LP

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Solange Rutledge and Phillip Colley filed this action against Defendants, Invitation Homes and 2017-2 IH Borrower LP for:

    Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief, and Restitution (Civil Code §1946.2);

    Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief, and Restitution ...

  • LEGEND THIRTEEN 26 LLC, ET AL. VS DEFOND AVISARD TRUST, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Legend Thirteen 26 LLC and Gabriel T. Fleming, Jr. filed this action against Defendants, Defond Avisard Trust, Renaud Defond, Jean Avisard, Wilshire West Commercial Real Esatte, Frank Morineau, Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. – South Bay, Garen Ra...

  • KATELYN SANCHEZ VS CITY OF LONG BEACH ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Katelyn Sanchez filed this action against Defendants, City of Long Beach, Ray Hernandez, Jr., and Armando Hernandez for damages arising out of an automobile accident. Plaintiff’s operative First Amended Complaint, filed on 4/03/20, includes causes of action for motor vehicle negligence and gener...

  • ANTHONY HANSELMAN VS HANS LAPINE, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Anthony Hanselman filed this action against Defendants, Hans Lapine, Kundersport, LLC, and John Edwin Palmer for fraud and related claims against Defendants’ sale of a Porsche to Plaintiff; Plaintiff alleges the vehicle was not authentic and there were other problems with the vehicle, all of whi...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB VS KATHLEEN F ROBERTS, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, American Express National Bank, Successor by Merger to American Express Bank, FSB filed this action against Defendants, Kathleen F. Roberts and H. Roberts Construction for failure to pay on a credit card account. Plaintiff filed the action on 9/27/19. Defendants, through...

  • JERON GREEN, SR, ET AL. VS AD ASTRA INVESTMENTS, LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff filed this motion for leave to amend the complaint on 7/17/20, setting it for hearing on 8/06/20. 7/17/20 was only fourteen days prior to 8/06/20, and therefore the motion was not filed timely in compliance with CCP §1005. Additionally, there is no proof of service of the moving papers on Defenda...

  • CANDY GRETENCORD, ET AL. VS RICHARD N. HOYT, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Candy and Scott Gretencord filed this action against Defendants, Richard N. Hoyt, Shimmick Construction Company, Inc., and Lyft, Inc. for damages arising out of the death of their daughter, Alena Gretencord. Plaintiffs’ operative complaint is their First Amended Complai...

  • STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE, INC. VS PENINSULA PET CLINIC INC, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Strategic Funding Source, Inc. filed this action against Defendants, Peninsula Pet Clinic, Inc. and Jill Denzin for breach of contract and breach of guaranty. Plaintiff filed the action on 10/24/19. Plaintiff alleges it entered into a loan agreement with Peninsula on 8/3...

  • PORTFOLIO COFFEEHOUSE LLC VS JMS DEVELOPMENT LLC ET AL

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Portfolio Coffeehouse, LLC filed this action against Defendants, JMS Development, LLC and Does 1-25 for breach of contract and declaratory relief. Plaintiff’s operative complaint is its SAC, filed on 11/26/18. The crux of the SAC is the allegation that Plaintiff timely a...

  • SANTIAGO IBARRA VS PACIFIC SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10 INCLUSIVE

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Santiago Ibarra (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant, Pacific Specialty Insurance Company (“Defendant”) on January 2, 2019. On April 22, 2016, a water leak occurred in Plaintiff’s rented apartment, causing property damage. Plaintiff was sued by Ocean Structure, Inc. for the property...

  • ESTATE OF JESUS CESAR MARTINEZ ET AL VS COVENANT CARE ORANGE

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Estate of Jesus Cesar Martinez, Irene Gutierrez Fragoso, Raul Isaac Cesar Gutierrez, Ruben Cesar Gutierrez, and Balance Laura Cesar Gutierrez filed this action against Defendants, Covenant Care California, LLC and Long Beach Healthcare Center, LLC for elder abuse/neglec...

  • ACMC FINANACE AND TRADE LLC VS ENERGY TRADING COMPANY LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, ACMC Finance and Trade, LLC (“ACMC”) filed this action against Defendants, Energy Trading Company, LLC (“Energy Trading”), Petro Diamond, Inc. (“Petro”), Jack Khachatryan, Sona Apikian, Sargis Khachatryan, Gianni Saryan, John Davids, and Dennis Rogers, Jr. for damages ar...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s attorney of record, Peter Roble, seeks to be relieved as counsel, contending the attorney-client relationship has broken down such that further representation is not possible. Counsel declares he served the moving papers on his client via mail at a confirmed address. Counsel has filed proof of ...

  • BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. VS RONALD H BERMAN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, 228TH Street Associates, LP filed this action against Defendant, Signtronix, Inc. for breach of contract, common counts, and account stated. The complaint arises out of Defendant’s breach of a written commercial lease agreement with Plaintiff. Notably, the parties were a...

  • 228TH STREET ASSOCIATES, LP VS SIGNTRONIX INC

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, 228TH Street Associates, LP filed this action against Defendant, Signtronix, Inc. for breach of contract, common counts, and account stated. The complaint arises out of Defendant’s breach of a written commercial lease agreement with Plaintiff. Notably, the parties were a...

  • JAMMIE A. HILL VS BEACH CITY TREATMENT, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jammie Hill filed this action against Defendants, Beach City Treatment, LLC and Lindsay Denise Toms, MFT for damages arising out of Plaintiff’s in-patient addiction treatment with Toms at Beach City. Plaintiff alleges Toms abused her relationship, as his counselor, and t...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jammie Hill filed this action against Defendants, Beach City Treatment, LLC and Lindsay Denise Toms, MFT for damages arising out of Plaintiff’s in-patient addiction treatment with Toms at Beach City. Plaintiff alleges Toms abused her relationship, as his counselor, and t...

  • MARTINA CAPULONG, ET AL. VS VERMONT HEALTHCARE CENTER, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Martina Capulong, by and through her successor in interest, Wally Capulong, filed this action against Defendants, Vermont Healthcare Center, LLC, et al. for damages arising out of elder abuse. Plaintiff alleges Defendants failed to provide Decedent with proper care durin...

  • MOHAMMED NASRI VS JUAN LOPEZ

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Complaint

    On March 11 of 2019, Plaintiff, Mohammad Nasri (“Mr. Nasri”) filed the complaint alleging causes of action for: (1) breach of written contract; (2) breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (3) breach of written contract; (4) breach of implied covenant of good faith and f...

  • RAQUEL DEVLIN, ET AL. VS IN RE RAQUEL ISIS GASS

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Petitioner, Raquel Devlin filed this petition on behalf of Claimant, Raquel Isis Gass to approve a compromise between Gass and Sharon Rutter, who was driving an automobile that injured Gass.

    The petition is denied without prejudice for the following reasons:

    At ¶6, Petitioner indicates the ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Duane Pate filed this action against Defendant, Matrix Environmental, Inc. for damages arising out of a failed business relationship. Plaintiff’s complaint includes causes of action for:

    1. Breach of Contract

    2. Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    3. Money H...

  • JANE DOE VS UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., A FOREIGN CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jane Doe filed this action against Defendants, Uber Technologies, Inc., Rasier, LLC, and Rasier-CA, LLC (collectively “Defendants” or “Uber”) for damages arising out of a sexual assault. Plaintiff alleges she used the Uber app to request a ride, and the driver (Doe 1 – H...

  • INTERNATIONAL SKYWAYS MANAGEMENT, INC., ET AL. VS VIK BENLIAN

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Vik Benlian initiated a Labor Board Commission for various employment-related claims; Plaintiff sought $97,000 in unpaid wages, overtime wages, meal period premiums, rest period premiums, liquidated damages, reimbursable expenses, interest, waiting time penalties, and pe...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Mark C. Kim

  • KEVIN DESHAN MABRY VS DR. CHRISTENSEN, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Kevin Deshan Mabry filed this action against Defendants, Dr. Christensen, Dr. Patel, Dr. Weingarten, Case Manager, Suran Yu, Stephen C. Cuthbertson, and College Medical Center for medical malpractice in connection with an Achilles tendon surgery.

    Plaintiff moves for summary judgment on t...

  • SOLANGE RUTLEDGE, ET AL. VS INVITATION HOMES, 2017-2 IH BORROWER LP

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Solange Rutledge and Phillip Colley filed this action against Defendants, Invitation Homes and 2017-2 IH Borrower LP for:

    Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief, and Restitution (Civil Code §1946.2);

    Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief, and Restitution ...

  • LEGEND THIRTEEN 26 LLC, ET AL. VS DEFOND AVISARD TRUST, ET AL.

    Aug 11, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Legend Thirteen 26 LLC and Gabriel T. Fleming, Jr. filed this action against Defendants, Defond Avisard Trust, Renaud Defond, Jean Avisard, Wilshire West Commercial Real Esatte, Frank Morineau, Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc. – South Bay, Garen Ra...

  • KATELYN SANCHEZ VS CITY OF LONG BEACH ET AL

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Katelyn Sanchez filed this action against Defendants, City of Long Beach, Ray Hernandez, Jr., and Armando Hernandez for damages arising out of an automobile accident. Plaintiff’s operative First Amended Complaint, filed on 4/03/20, includes causes of action for motor vehicle negligence and gener...

  • ANTHONY HANSELMAN VS HANS LAPINE, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Anthony Hanselman filed this action against Defendants, Hans Lapine, Kundersport, LLC, and John Edwin Palmer for fraud and related claims against Defendants’ sale of a Porsche to Plaintiff; Plaintiff alleges the vehicle was not authentic and there were other problems with the vehicle, all of whi...

  • AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB VS KATHLEEN F ROBERTS, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, American Express National Bank, Successor by Merger to American Express Bank, FSB filed this action against Defendants, Kathleen F. Roberts and H. Roberts Construction for failure to pay on a credit card account. Plaintiff filed the action on 9/27/19. Defendants, through...

  • JERON GREEN, SR, ET AL. VS AD ASTRA INVESTMENTS, LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff filed this motion for leave to amend the complaint on 7/17/20, setting it for hearing on 8/06/20. 7/17/20 was only fourteen days prior to 8/06/20, and therefore the motion was not filed timely in compliance with CCP §1005. Additionally, there is no proof of service of the moving papers on Defenda...

  • CANDY GRETENCORD, ET AL. VS RICHARD N. HOYT, AN INDIVIDUAL, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Candy and Scott Gretencord filed this action against Defendants, Richard N. Hoyt, Shimmick Construction Company, Inc., and Lyft, Inc. for damages arising out of the death of their daughter, Alena Gretencord. Plaintiffs’ operative complaint is their First Amended Complai...

  • STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE, INC. VS PENINSULA PET CLINIC INC, ET AL.

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Strategic Funding Source, Inc. filed this action against Defendants, Peninsula Pet Clinic, Inc. and Jill Denzin for breach of contract and breach of guaranty. Plaintiff filed the action on 10/24/19. Plaintiff alleges it entered into a loan agreement with Peninsula on 8/3...

  • PORTFOLIO COFFEEHOUSE LLC VS JMS DEVELOPMENT LLC ET AL

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Portfolio Coffeehouse, LLC filed this action against Defendants, JMS Development, LLC and Does 1-25 for breach of contract and declaratory relief. Plaintiff’s operative complaint is its SAC, filed on 11/26/18. The crux of the SAC is the allegation that Plaintiff timely a...

  • SANTIAGO IBARRA VS PACIFIC SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10 INCLUSIVE

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff, Santiago Ibarra (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Defendant, Pacific Specialty Insurance Company (“Defendant”) on January 2, 2019. On April 22, 2016, a water leak occurred in Plaintiff’s rented apartment, causing property damage. Plaintiff was sued by Ocean Structure, Inc. for the property...

  • ESTATE OF JESUS CESAR MARTINEZ ET AL VS COVENANT CARE ORANGE

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiffs, Estate of Jesus Cesar Martinez, Irene Gutierrez Fragoso, Raul Isaac Cesar Gutierrez, Ruben Cesar Gutierrez, and Balance Laura Cesar Gutierrez filed this action against Defendants, Covenant Care California, LLC and Long Beach Healthcare Center, LLC for elder abuse/neglec...

  • ACMC FINANACE AND TRADE LLC VS ENERGY TRADING COMPANY LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, ACMC Finance and Trade, LLC (“ACMC”) filed this action against Defendants, Energy Trading Company, LLC (“Energy Trading”), Petro Diamond, Inc. (“Petro”), Jack Khachatryan, Sona Apikian, Sargis Khachatryan, Gianni Saryan, John Davids, and Dennis Rogers, Jr. for damages ar...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff’s attorney of record, Peter Roble, seeks to be relieved as counsel, contending the attorney-client relationship has broken down such that further representation is not possible. Counsel declares he served the moving papers on his client via mail at a confirmed address. Counsel has filed proof of ...

  • BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. VS RONALD H BERMAN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, 228TH Street Associates, LP filed this action against Defendant, Signtronix, Inc. for breach of contract, common counts, and account stated. The complaint arises out of Defendant’s breach of a written commercial lease agreement with Plaintiff. Notably, the parties were a...

  • 228TH STREET ASSOCIATES, LP VS SIGNTRONIX INC

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, 228TH Street Associates, LP filed this action against Defendant, Signtronix, Inc. for breach of contract, common counts, and account stated. The complaint arises out of Defendant’s breach of a written commercial lease agreement with Plaintiff. Notably, the parties were a...

  • JAMMIE A. HILL VS BEACH CITY TREATMENT, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jammie Hill filed this action against Defendants, Beach City Treatment, LLC and Lindsay Denise Toms, MFT for damages arising out of Plaintiff’s in-patient addiction treatment with Toms at Beach City. Plaintiff alleges Toms abused her relationship, as his counselor, and t...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jammie Hill filed this action against Defendants, Beach City Treatment, LLC and Lindsay Denise Toms, MFT for damages arising out of Plaintiff’s in-patient addiction treatment with Toms at Beach City. Plaintiff alleges Toms abused her relationship, as his counselor, and t...

  • MARTINA CAPULONG, ET AL. VS VERMONT HEALTHCARE CENTER, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Martina Capulong, by and through her successor in interest, Wally Capulong, filed this action against Defendants, Vermont Healthcare Center, LLC, et al. for damages arising out of elder abuse. Plaintiff alleges Defendants failed to provide Decedent with proper care durin...

  • MOHAMMED NASRI VS JUAN LOPEZ

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Complaint

    On March 11 of 2019, Plaintiff, Mohammad Nasri (“Mr. Nasri”) filed the complaint alleging causes of action for: (1) breach of written contract; (2) breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (3) breach of written contract; (4) breach of implied covenant of good faith and f...

  • RAQUEL DEVLIN, ET AL. VS IN RE RAQUEL ISIS GASS

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Petitioner, Raquel Devlin filed this petition on behalf of Claimant, Raquel Isis Gass to approve a compromise between Gass and Sharon Rutter, who was driving an automobile that injured Gass.

    The petition is denied without prejudice for the following reasons:

    At ¶6, Petitioner indicates the ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Duane Pate filed this action against Defendant, Matrix Environmental, Inc. for damages arising out of a failed business relationship. Plaintiff’s complaint includes causes of action for:

    1. Breach of Contract

    2. Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    3. Money H...

  • JANE DOE VS UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., A FOREIGN CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Jane Doe filed this action against Defendants, Uber Technologies, Inc., Rasier, LLC, and Rasier-CA, LLC (collectively “Defendants” or “Uber”) for damages arising out of a sexual assault. Plaintiff alleges she used the Uber app to request a ride, and the driver (Doe 1 – H...

  • INTERNATIONAL SKYWAYS MANAGEMENT, INC., ET AL. VS VIK BENLIAN

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Background Facts

    Plaintiff, Vik Benlian initiated a Labor Board Commission for various employment-related claims; Plaintiff sought $97,000 in unpaid wages, overtime wages, meal period premiums, rest period premiums, liquidated damages, reimbursable expenses, interest, waiting time penalties, and pe...

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