Attorney Kim Nwabeke is a proud Nigerian-American born and raised in Houston. Her competitive spirit from a young age allowed her to excel in both track & field and academics. Kim attended the University of Texas at Austin where she competed in track & field. An exceptional student and athlete, Kim was a Texas Letterwinner and a Big 12 Commission Academic Honors recipient. She graduated from UT with honors with a degree in Government.
She enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she competed in advocacy competitions. She was eventually ranked #1 in oral advocacy in her class. Additionally, Kim was President of the Black Law Students Association and Law Students for Africa while serving as the Articles and Special Features Editor for the American Indian Law Review.
Kim wrote and published a legal comment titled “Touching the Concerns of Kiobel: Corporate Liability and Jurisdictional Remedies in Response to Kiobel vs. Royal Dutch Petroleum.” The document examined the various potential avenues of relief for plaintiffs in Nigeria who were killed after protesting unsafe drilling practices. Due to her various efforts, upon graduating, Kim received the Joseph F. Rarick and Bess Zeldich Ungerman Scholar Awards, which are given to the single student who made the law school most beneficial to all students and the most outstanding law student, respectively.
After graduating with her law degree, Kim served as the Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. There, she prosecuted crimes like DWI, first-degree murder, and sexual assault of children. Her role as a courtroom prosecutor not only provided valuable trial skills but also allowed her to stand up for the victims of heinous wrongdoing during their most vulnerable moments. During her experience as an Assistant DA, Kim committed her career to advocacy for victims, which brought her to the nation’s top plaintiffs’ firm: Arnold & Itkin.
- The University of Texas at Austin
- University of Oklahoma College of Law
- State Bar of Texas
When she’s not in the courtroom advocating for her clients, Kim spends time with her husband Jeff and their son Caleb. She still roots for the Longhorns at OU at the Red River Rivalry, but otherwise cheers on all our Houston teams.