Nam Paik is a distinguished lawyer and leader of the Korean-American community of Chicago. He is the son of Paik Sun-Yup, the first General (four-star) of the South Korean Army and hero of the Korean War. Paik joined Baker & McKenzie in 1988 and is a widely experienced lawyer representing multinational corporations and financial institutions with respect to their cross-border matters as a member of the International Commercial Practice Group. He was named by Mayor Daley as Chair of the Chicago Busan Sister Cities International Committee and serves on the Board of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, and Cook County State's Attorney Alvarez's Asian-American Advisory Council.
Paik is past President of the Korean American Bar Association, and currently serves on its advisory board. He served on the Board of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, the Asian Human Services and the Korean American Community Services. Mr. Paik was Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's YLS International Law and Practice Committee. He is a member of the American (ABA) and the Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Paik was named as one of Chicago United's 2009 Business Leaders of Color.