Jay Kim, partner, with Ward Kim \ Photo by Melanie Bell
The first Asian-American was among three members elected Monday to the Florida Bar board of governors.
Business litigator Jay Kim, a partner at Kim Vaughan Lerner in Fort Lauderdale, beat Charles Morehead III of Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead in Sunrise by a vote of 1,104-858 to become the first Asian-American on the board, said bar spokeswoman Francine Walker.
Kim, who was unavailable for comment by deadline, is a founding member and the first president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. He has a long record of community service and served on a bar grievance committee. He posted on Facebook that he was honored to represent the circuit and “will work hard to bring the concerns and opinions of Broward’s lawyers to the Florida Bar.”
In another runoff election, Deborah Baker-Egozi, a Miami litigator with Lipscomb, Eisenberg & Baker, beat Jason Murray, an African-American attorney serving as the first black president of the Dade County Bar Association, by a comfortable margin of 1,809-1,390. That seat was formerly occupied by bar president-elect designate Michael Higer.
Baker-Egozi, former Miami-Dade chapter president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, said she felt a void after her presidency ended. “I just want to continue to serve the community,” she said.
Murray congratulated all three winners and thanked supporters for their “tireless work.”