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Laura M. Kim
Of Counsel
Washington 1 202 662 5333 lkim@cov.com Download V-card

Laura Kim draws upon her longstanding experience at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to advise clients across industries on complex advertising, marketing and privacy matters. She provides proactive compliance advice and represents clients responding to inquiries from federal, state, and self-regulatory bodies. She is a member of the firm's Internet of Things initiative and Clean Energy and Climate industry group.

Ms. Kim re-joined Covington after a twelve-year tenure at the FTC, where she served as Assistant Director in two divisions of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP), Chief of Staff to BCP Director Jessica Rich, Attorney Advisor to Chairman William E. Kovacic, and staff attorney in the Division of Marketing Practices. She has experience with every major consumer protection issue, including advertising substantiation, privacy, negative option marketing, telemarketing, and environmental marketing. In addition, Ms. Kim worked on key FTC Rules and Guides such as the Green Guides, Jewelry Guides, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. She supervised these and other rule making proceedings and oversaw dozens of the Commission’s investigations involving compliance with these rules.

  • Represents client in FTC and State Attorneys General investigations involving privacy and data security issues for connected devices.
  • Counsels multinational clients on environmental marketing claim substantiation, including use of seals and certifications.
  • Advises clients on compliance with recent FTC guidance regarding endorsements, social media influencers, and native advertising.
  • Counsels food and dietary supplement companies on advertising substantiation and negative option marketing.
  • Advises Ed Tech providers on FERPA, COPPA, and state student privacy laws. 

Pro Bono

  • Ms. Kim managed the operations of the northeast office of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington. She supervised all staff and case matters.    
  • Represented clients in housing litigation and Social Security proceedings.    

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Consumer Protection Committee, Member

Previous Experience

  • Federal Trade Commission, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Consumer Protection; Assistant Director, BCP Division of Enforcement; Assistant Director, BCP Division of Marketing Practices; Attorney Advisor to Chairman William E. Kovacic; Attorney, BCP Division of Marketing Practices
  • U.S. Department of Education, Deputy Chief Enforcement Officer