Van Muelken

B.A. J.D.
Foreign Attorney

michaelvanmuelken@peterandkim.com +82 2 538 2900
Bar admission
Minnesota, 2017
English, Hindi, Korean


Michael van Muelken is a foreign attorney at the Seoul office of Peter & Kim. Michael has extensive experience advising major banking institutions in the area of real estate litigation, including eminent domain, judicial foreclosure, and construction related matters. Serving as lead counsel, he won multiple cases during the early stages of civil proceedings.
Michael has published in a variety of periodicals, including Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. Invited as a guest speaker, he also presented on the topic of dispute resolution before the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Korea Business Leaders Alliance, and Minnesota Real Estate Institute.

Areas of

  • Arbitration
  • Arbitration / Litigation
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Joint Ventures / Consortia


  • Construction & Engineering Icon Construction & Engineering
  • Real Estate Icon Real Estate
  • Finance Icon Finance
  • Representing a major U.S. banking institution concerning a large eminent domain matter
  • Representing the holder of a secondary mortgage promissory note in a breach of contract matter
  • Representing a major U.S. banking institution concerning the priority of its lien in a construction related matter
  • Advising a major U.S. Banking institution concerning a mortgage reinstatement
  • Representing a major U.S. banking institution concerning a real estate partition matter
  • Representing a foreign embassy for the sale of the ambassador’s official residence
  • Foreign Attorney, Peter & Kim (2022 – present)
  • Foreign Attorney, Barun Law LLC (2021 – 2022)
  • Trott Law, P.C. (2019 – 2021)
  • Wilford, Geske & Cook, P.A. (2018 – 2019)
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Steven A. Anderson, Minnesota Judicial Branch (2016 – 2018)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.) (2016)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (B.A. in Political Science) (2011)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Board Member, Belgian Korean Business Forum
  • Serious Industrial Accidents Under South Korea’s New Labor Law: What Businesses Need to Know

    Co-author, ALFA International, 24 March 2022.

  • Virtual Hearing Guidelines: A Comparative Analysis and Direction for the Future

    Co-author, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 June 2021.

  • A Substantial Interest: Why the Government is Legally Justified in Prohibiting Disparaging Trademarks

    Co-author, 35 Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice (2016).