Nicole J. Kim

Nicole J. Kim

Chair of NY Social Security Group and Chair of Law & Technology Group


Chair of NY Social Security Group

Nicole J. Kim chairs the Social Security Group at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. She has appeared at hundreds of administrative and remand level Social Security Disability hearings, and handled cases at the Federal Court. As a New York City Social Security attorney, she represents the rights of individuals with disabilities to recover benefits.

Judge Leonard I. Cooperman, presiding over one of her SSD cases, lauded Ms. Kim for her strong advocacy, skills and dedication in the published opinion, stating:

“Attorney Kim deserves special notice for her work in this case. She demonstrated a thorough grasp of the record, a command of the applicable law and, most importantly for her client, an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the case and the ability to capitalize on the former, to obtain the best possible result for her client.”

Chair of Law & Technology Group

In addition to her leadership in the Social Security department of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., Ms. Kim also chairs the Law & Technology group which integrates the practice of law with technology. Ms. Kim is instrumental in the creation of proprietary case management system unlike any firm has ever seen or come up against. The result is that our proprietary case management system allows us to aggressively and effectively expedite each and every aspect of client’s case. Our client’s cases are monitored and managed real time 24/7. No defense firm can delay, stall or adjourn without immediate swift and measured action. The defense lawyers and their insurance companies know Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. will note be neither outlawyered nor outspent. Regardless, if the defense firm has 10, 100 or 1000 lawyers, our client’s will prevail.

Serving the Community

Ms. Kim’s advocacy for justice extends beyond the courtroom.

The National Association of Professional Women honored Nicole for her “outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women.”

She served as officer for the Young Adults Group at the largest Korean-American church in Buffalo. Ms. Kim acted as a youth mentor for her grandfather’s Korean-American church in Queens and as a leader for the Columbia University Korean-American Christian organization.

As the director for the Bolivia Medical Missions Team, Ms. Kim coordinated a group of fifteen volunteers to lead various programs at local churches in Bolivia that handed out clothing and healthcare supplies and provided free dental checkups to local residents.

She volunteers for community soup kitchens and Habitats for Humanities and provides financial support to World Vision, which provides education and food to children in third world countries.

Education with Vision Toward Service

After graduating from Barnard College at Columbia University, Ms. Kim earned dual MBA and J.D. degrees from University at Buffalo, where she graduated magna cum laude with a concentration in international law. During law school, Nicole interned for the largest human rights organization in South Korea and for the Sudan/Darfur team at the United Nations Headquarters. She also worked as a graduate legal assistant helping immigrants through the legal process.

She was selected to serve on the Desmond Moot Court and Jessup Moot Court boards and participated in the Women and Children’s Social Justice Clinic. She was a finalist at the Steven V. Verney M.B.A. Case Competition and was accepted into and completed the Leadership P.A.C.E. program. She has been featured in the Korea Times for her academic achievements.

Professional Membership and Committees
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Korean American Bar Association of Greater New York
  • Asian-American Bar Association of New York
  • National Association of Professional Women
Philanthropic Support
  • Community Soup Kitchens
  • Habitats for Humanities
  • Korean-American church in Buffalo, young adults group, officer
  • Korean-American church in Queens, youth mentor
  • Columbia University Korean-American Christian organization, youth mentor
  • Bolivia Medical Missions Team, director
  • World Vision, financial supporter
Super Lawyers
Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
Million dollar Advocates
New York Magazine
The Nationl Trial Lawyers
New York Law Journal