Kim Koves has practiced in the area of complex commercial litigation with a focus on securities and financial services since her admission to the Florida bar in 2012. Kim has extensive experience representing broker/dealers, registered investment advisors and their associated persons, insurance agents, and companies in federal and state court, FINRA and AAA arbitration, and regulatory proceedings. She also has significant experience at final hearings in FINRA arbitration. Kim’s representative experience includes:
- Successfully defended registered representative against global financial services firm claiming breach of a promissory note in FINRA arbitration, which awarded client over $10 million, including $500,000 in punitive damages, for defamation counterclaims.
- Successfully defended global financial services firm against former registered representative asserting claims for libel/slander, fraud, negligence, breach of contract, and expungement in FINRA arbitration, which awarded client over $1.1 million in compensatory damages plus interest and over $350,000 in attorneys’ fees for breach of contract counterclaims.
- Obtained dismissal of complaint seeking international extradition on statute of limitations grounds.
- Obtained dismissal of class action lawsuit in federal court alleging securities fraud.
- Obtained voluntary dismissal of fraud and embezzlement claims for a registered representative in a FINRA customer dispute.
- Obtained expungements of disclosures from registered representatives’ and investment adviser representatives’ CRD Records.
- Obtained preliminary injunction in federal court based on arbitration provisions in investment management agreements.
- Obtained emergency ex parte order of temporary injunction in dispute concerning the improper withholding of funds.
- Defeated temporary injunction alleging violations by former employees of non-compete agreements.
- Obtained arbitration award for broker/dealer for the full amount sought plus interest for breach of a promissory note.
- Representation of shareholders in shareholder dispute concerning claims for fraud, conversion, and breach of partnership agreements.
- Representation of broker/dealers and registered representatives in customer disputes concerning claims of fraud and other misconduct related to the sale of investments, including non-traded REITS and other non-traditional investments.
Kim obtained her law degree from Stetson University College of Law where she was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Stetson Law Review, and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Jenkins, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She graduated cum laude from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a degree in Political Science.
Prior to law school, Kim was a corporate and business securities litigation paralegal with a nationally-recognized law firm in Washington, D.C. and New York City where she gained experience with SEC regulatory work and securities litigation.
Kim is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Super Lawyers of Florida as a “Rising Star” in securities litigation since 2016. She serves on the Board of Directors for Pace Center for Girls, Hillsborough, a non-profit organization that helps at risk girls and young women overcome social and academic obstacles through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.