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Steven Park is counsel in King & Spalding’s Litigation Practice Group. He defends Fortune 100 and other large companies in various industries, including automotive, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical, in a wide range of complex tort, environmental, and commercial litigation and investigatory matters. Steven has significant case management, deposition, motion, and trial experience, and has worked closely with experts and other team members to evaluate cases, develop case and trial strategies, and, ultimately, obtain favorable outcomes for his clients.

Steven is an active member of several professional groups including the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Steven also serves as a mentor to law students by participating in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity program.

 

Full Bio

Credentials

J.D., Cornell Law School, cum laude

B.A., California State University-Northridge

California

Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Korean

Matters

Motor Vehicles

Steven is a member of the King & Spalding team that is conducting an internal investigation of and defending a sports car manufacturer from allegations that it knowingly installed undisclosed auxiliary emission control devices in some of their vehicles.  Mr. Park is involved in many aspects of this internal investigation, including conducting interviews of key employees, assisting the team analyze and prepare responses to requests or information from various entities—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, New York and other Attorneys General, and consumer action plaintiffs—and working closely with senior team members to prepare a defense.

Steven is a member of the team representing an automobile manufacturer that is responding to inquiries and orders from the U.S. Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Justice Department, and other governmental entities pertaining to the recalls of various vehicles.  For the same manufacturer, Steven also assisted the team respond to inquiries and orders from NHTSA pertaining to air bags manufactured by a third-party.

Represented the manufacturer of a gas tank in a case involving an explosion of a personal watercraft. Steven and his team conducted fact and expert discovery and established that the explosion did not occur as a result of any gas tank malfunction.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Steven’s client.

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Motor Vehicles

Steven is a member of the King & Spalding team that is conducting an internal investigation of and defending a sports car manufacturer from allegations that it knowingly installed undisclosed auxiliary emission control devices in some of their vehicles.  Mr. Park is involved in many aspects of this internal investigation, including conducting interviews of key employees, assisting the team analyze and prepare responses to requests or information from various entities—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, New York and other Attorneys General, and consumer action plaintiffs—and working closely with senior team members to prepare a defense.

Steven is a member of the team representing an automobile manufacturer that is responding to inquiries and orders from the U.S. Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Justice Department, and other governmental entities pertaining to the recalls of various vehicles.  For the same manufacturer, Steven also assisted the team respond to inquiries and orders from NHTSA pertaining to air bags manufactured by a third-party.

Represented the manufacturer of a gas tank in a case involving an explosion of a personal watercraft. Steven and his team conducted fact and expert discovery and established that the explosion did not occur as a result of any gas tank malfunction.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Steven’s client.

Petro and Other Chemicals

An integral member of the 3-lawyer trial team that represented UOP, a refinery process design engineering firm, against allegations of professional negligence. Steven handled all aspects of the case from inception through trial, including preparing dispositive pre-trial and trial motions, taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions, assisting the team in formulating case strategy, and participating at trial.  After a four week trial, the court granted UOP’s motion for nonsuit.

Steven was the attorney that managed the day-to-day activities in defending Chevron and Texaco from allegations that Chevron and Texaco entered into a joint venture or were the alter egos of a corporation that operated the refinery located in Abadan, Iran, from 1954 to 1973. Steven handled all aspects of the case, including preparing substantive pre-trial and trial motions, taking and defending depositions of fact and expert witness, conducting investigations and research into the U.S. Government’s direction of the American oil companies, including the predecessors of Chevron and Texaco, to enter into the Iranian oil consortium, and preparing case and trial strategy.  Ultimately, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Chevron’s and Texaco’s motion for summary judgment confirming that Chevron’s and Texaco’s predecessors neither directly, nor indirectly through a joint venture, operated nor controlled the Abadan Refinery.  The court also held that Chevron and Texaco could not be held liable as alter egos of the corporation that operated the refinery.

Represented two paint companies, ICI and Benjamin Moore in personal injury cases, involving claims of exposure to benzene.  After taking fact witness depositions and filing motions for summary judgment, Mr. Park successfully secured dismissals for both of his clients.

Represented various clients, including Chevron, Union Oil, Texaco, West Coast Shipping Company, UOP, and Cytec, in products and premise liability matters involving alleged harm as a result of exposure to asbestos.  He has experience in handling all aspects of these cases and, as such, has filed and won summary judgments, secured dismissals, or otherwise obtained favorable settlements for his clients. Steven has also defended asbestos cases that have been set for “preference” and given a trial date within 120 days or less pursuant to section 36 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.

Represented The Dow Chemical Company in a wrongful death lawsuit involving claims that the decedent developed lung cancer from alleged exposure to various chemicals.  The plaintiffs in that case filed a dismissal of all claims against The Dow Chemical Company after Steven filed a motion for summary judgment.

Steven was a member of the firm’s team that represented Chevron in a Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MtBE”) case involving claims of groundwater contamination.  Some of the tasks that Steven performed for the case included taking a deposition of key city supervisor.

Pharmaceutical

Member of King & Spalding’s national coordination team for AstraZeneca overseeing lawsuits involving over 1,200 plaintiffs who allege injury from the ingestion of Crestor®.  This litigation involves claims that treatment with Crestor® caused or contributed to the development of diabetes, rhabdomyolosis, renal damage, and cardiovascular injuries. Steven is an integral part of the team and is involved in all aspects of the litigation, including being instrumental in getting the claims of all non-California resident plaintiffs that were coordinated before one judge in Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed on forum non conveniens grounds.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide product liability litigation concerning allegations of a link between the company’s antidepressant, Paxil®, and an increased risk of certain congenital defects as well as an increased risk of suicidality in adult and pediatric patients.  Among other tasks, Steven has been intimately involved in conducting discovery in these cases, including taking depositions of plaintiffs, treating physicians, and fact witnesses.

Represented AstraZeneca in numerous products liability actions regarding allegations of chondrolysis allegedly resulting from the administration of an anesthetic medication through a “pain pump.”  He successfully filed various pleading challenges for all of these cases, including motions to dismiss based on forum non-conveniens, demurrers, and motions to strike, resulting in dismissal of the AstraZeneca entities in all of those actions.

Member of AstraZeneca’s California Nexium® litigation team, for which the Central District of California has been assigned as the MDL Court. Steven works with other team members, including AstraZeneca’s national counsel, to prepare cases for trial.

Represented AstraZeneca in a products liability case involving injury allegedly caused by Seroquel®, an atypical antipsychotic medication.  After the parties participated in a mediation, Steven successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for AstraZeneca.

Member of King & Spalding’s class action team that defends Kimberly-Clark from allegations that it misrepresented the protective qualities of its surgical gowns to a purported class.  Steven assists the team in all aspects of the case, including preparing dispositive motions.

Represented Wyeth, a major pharmaceutical company, in defending hundreds of complex, products liability litigation matters venued in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Utah involving alleged claims of valvular heart damage or primary pulmonary hypertension as a result of ingesting diet medication. Steven was involved in all stages of litigation, including trial, for these matters and helped achieve favorable outcomes for Wyeth.  As a member of this team, Steven took hundreds of depositions, including those of experts and treating doctors.  He worked closely with other Wyeth team members in litigating MDL and coordinated matters in California, including being part of a trial team that took a case to verdict in Los Angeles.

Commercial

Represented an East Coast based financial firm against unfounded claims that it participated in a fraudulent investment offering.  As the lead attorney handling the case, Steven developed an aggressive case strategy, which ultimately resulted in the court granting the motion to quash based on lack of personal jurisdiction.  Also, Steven successfully moved to seal a sensitive and confidential document from the public record.

Represents a Wells Fargo entity in domesticating and enforcing a foreign judgment resulting from a default of a seven-figure loan agreement for the purchase of various airplanes.

Represents Equifax in cases involving allegations of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Along with other members of the team, Steven handles all aspects of these cases, including filing dispositive motions.

Counseled a leading manufacturer of industrial fireproofing materials pertaining to the potential termination of an exclusive licensing agreement for manufacturing and distribution of their products in the Middle East. 

Represented a premises owner in a lawsuit against a general contractor who breached material terms of a contract. Steven was the lead attorney for this case and handled all aspects of the case, including preparing for trial.  Ultimately, approximately one month before trial, Steven negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.  In particular, Steven structured innovative settlement terms that allowed the general contractor to pay the settlement funds to Steven’s client in installments while providing abundant protections against default.

Represented Bristol Farms in a matter involving claims of alleged breach of contract pertaining to an purported advertising contract, in which he has secured a favorable settlement.

Represented Albertsons against claims that the terms of a third-party factoring agreement applied to the supermarket chain.  He resolved the case by obtaining a favorable settlement.

Represented Akzo Nobel Paints in a commercial litigation matter relating to the sales of paint and coating products.  He successfully negotiated a favorable settlement in that matter.

Matters

Motor Vehicles

Steven is a member of the King & Spalding team that is conducting an internal investigation of and defending a sports car manufacturer from allegations that it knowingly installed undisclosed auxiliary emission control devices in some of their vehicles.  Mr. Park is involved in many aspects of this internal investigation, including conducting interviews of key employees, assisting the team analyze and prepare responses to requests or information from various entities—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, New York and other Attorneys General, and consumer action plaintiffs—and working closely with senior team members to prepare a defense.

Steven is a member of the team representing an automobile manufacturer that is responding to inquiries and orders from the U.S. Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Justice Department, and other governmental entities pertaining to the recalls of various vehicles.  For the same manufacturer, Steven also assisted the team respond to inquiries and orders from NHTSA pertaining to air bags manufactured by a third-party.

Represented the manufacturer of a gas tank in a case involving an explosion of a personal watercraft. Steven and his team conducted fact and expert discovery and established that the explosion did not occur as a result of any gas tank malfunction.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Steven’s client.

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Motor Vehicles

Steven is a member of the King & Spalding team that is conducting an internal investigation of and defending a sports car manufacturer from allegations that it knowingly installed undisclosed auxiliary emission control devices in some of their vehicles.  Mr. Park is involved in many aspects of this internal investigation, including conducting interviews of key employees, assisting the team analyze and prepare responses to requests or information from various entities—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, New York and other Attorneys General, and consumer action plaintiffs—and working closely with senior team members to prepare a defense.

Steven is a member of the team representing an automobile manufacturer that is responding to inquiries and orders from the U.S. Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Justice Department, and other governmental entities pertaining to the recalls of various vehicles.  For the same manufacturer, Steven also assisted the team respond to inquiries and orders from NHTSA pertaining to air bags manufactured by a third-party.

Represented the manufacturer of a gas tank in a case involving an explosion of a personal watercraft. Steven and his team conducted fact and expert discovery and established that the explosion did not occur as a result of any gas tank malfunction.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Steven’s client.

Petro and Other Chemicals

An integral member of the 3-lawyer trial team that represented UOP, a refinery process design engineering firm, against allegations of professional negligence. Steven handled all aspects of the case from inception through trial, including preparing dispositive pre-trial and trial motions, taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions, assisting the team in formulating case strategy, and participating at trial.  After a four week trial, the court granted UOP’s motion for nonsuit.

Steven was the attorney that managed the day-to-day activities in defending Chevron and Texaco from allegations that Chevron and Texaco entered into a joint venture or were the alter egos of a corporation that operated the refinery located in Abadan, Iran, from 1954 to 1973. Steven handled all aspects of the case, including preparing substantive pre-trial and trial motions, taking and defending depositions of fact and expert witness, conducting investigations and research into the U.S. Government’s direction of the American oil companies, including the predecessors of Chevron and Texaco, to enter into the Iranian oil consortium, and preparing case and trial strategy.  Ultimately, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted Chevron’s and Texaco’s motion for summary judgment confirming that Chevron’s and Texaco’s predecessors neither directly, nor indirectly through a joint venture, operated nor controlled the Abadan Refinery.  The court also held that Chevron and Texaco could not be held liable as alter egos of the corporation that operated the refinery.

Represented two paint companies, ICI and Benjamin Moore in personal injury cases, involving claims of exposure to benzene.  After taking fact witness depositions and filing motions for summary judgment, Mr. Park successfully secured dismissals for both of his clients.

Represented various clients, including Chevron, Union Oil, Texaco, West Coast Shipping Company, UOP, and Cytec, in products and premise liability matters involving alleged harm as a result of exposure to asbestos.  He has experience in handling all aspects of these cases and, as such, has filed and won summary judgments, secured dismissals, or otherwise obtained favorable settlements for his clients. Steven has also defended asbestos cases that have been set for “preference” and given a trial date within 120 days or less pursuant to section 36 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.

Represented The Dow Chemical Company in a wrongful death lawsuit involving claims that the decedent developed lung cancer from alleged exposure to various chemicals.  The plaintiffs in that case filed a dismissal of all claims against The Dow Chemical Company after Steven filed a motion for summary judgment.

Steven was a member of the firm’s team that represented Chevron in a Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MtBE”) case involving claims of groundwater contamination.  Some of the tasks that Steven performed for the case included taking a deposition of key city supervisor.

Pharmaceutical

Member of King & Spalding’s national coordination team for AstraZeneca overseeing lawsuits involving over 1,200 plaintiffs who allege injury from the ingestion of Crestor®.  This litigation involves claims that treatment with Crestor® caused or contributed to the development of diabetes, rhabdomyolosis, renal damage, and cardiovascular injuries. Steven is an integral part of the team and is involved in all aspects of the litigation, including being instrumental in getting the claims of all non-California resident plaintiffs that were coordinated before one judge in Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed on forum non conveniens grounds.

Represents GlaxoSmithKline in nationwide product liability litigation concerning allegations of a link between the company’s antidepressant, Paxil®, and an increased risk of certain congenital defects as well as an increased risk of suicidality in adult and pediatric patients.  Among other tasks, Steven has been intimately involved in conducting discovery in these cases, including taking depositions of plaintiffs, treating physicians, and fact witnesses.

Represented AstraZeneca in numerous products liability actions regarding allegations of chondrolysis allegedly resulting from the administration of an anesthetic medication through a “pain pump.”  He successfully filed various pleading challenges for all of these cases, including motions to dismiss based on forum non-conveniens, demurrers, and motions to strike, resulting in dismissal of the AstraZeneca entities in all of those actions.

Member of AstraZeneca’s California Nexium® litigation team, for which the Central District of California has been assigned as the MDL Court. Steven works with other team members, including AstraZeneca’s national counsel, to prepare cases for trial.

Represented AstraZeneca in a products liability case involving injury allegedly caused by Seroquel®, an atypical antipsychotic medication.  After the parties participated in a mediation, Steven successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for AstraZeneca.

Member of King & Spalding’s class action team that defends Kimberly-Clark from allegations that it misrepresented the protective qualities of its surgical gowns to a purported class.  Steven assists the team in all aspects of the case, including preparing dispositive motions.

Represented Wyeth, a major pharmaceutical company, in defending hundreds of complex, products liability litigation matters venued in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Utah involving alleged claims of valvular heart damage or primary pulmonary hypertension as a result of ingesting diet medication. Steven was involved in all stages of litigation, including trial, for these matters and helped achieve favorable outcomes for Wyeth.  As a member of this team, Steven took hundreds of depositions, including those of experts and treating doctors.  He worked closely with other Wyeth team members in litigating MDL and coordinated matters in California, including being part of a trial team that took a case to verdict in Los Angeles.

Commercial

Represented an East Coast based financial firm against unfounded claims that it participated in a fraudulent investment offering.  As the lead attorney handling the case, Steven developed an aggressive case strategy, which ultimately resulted in the court granting the motion to quash based on lack of personal jurisdiction.  Also, Steven successfully moved to seal a sensitive and confidential document from the public record.

Represents a Wells Fargo entity in domesticating and enforcing a foreign judgment resulting from a default of a seven-figure loan agreement for the purchase of various airplanes.

Represents Equifax in cases involving allegations of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Along with other members of the team, Steven handles all aspects of these cases, including filing dispositive motions.

Counseled a leading manufacturer of industrial fireproofing materials pertaining to the potential termination of an exclusive licensing agreement for manufacturing and distribution of their products in the Middle East. 

Represented a premises owner in a lawsuit against a general contractor who breached material terms of a contract. Steven was the lead attorney for this case and handled all aspects of the case, including preparing for trial.  Ultimately, approximately one month before trial, Steven negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.  In particular, Steven structured innovative settlement terms that allowed the general contractor to pay the settlement funds to Steven’s client in installments while providing abundant protections against default.

Represented Bristol Farms in a matter involving claims of alleged breach of contract pertaining to an purported advertising contract, in which he has secured a favorable settlement.

Represented Albertsons against claims that the terms of a third-party factoring agreement applied to the supermarket chain.  He resolved the case by obtaining a favorable settlement.

Represented Akzo Nobel Paints in a commercial litigation matter relating to the sales of paint and coating products.  He successfully negotiated a favorable settlement in that matter.

Credentials

J.D., Cornell Law School, cum laude

B.A., California State University-Northridge

California

Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Korean