Woo Rin SUNG


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Mr. Woo Rin SUNG is a partner at DR & AJU LLC. His practice is primarily focused on Shipping & Aviation, International, General Civil Disputes, Corporate, National Defense, and Block Chain.
After graduating from Korea Maritime & Ocean University with a degree in Navigation Science, Mr. Sung joined STX Pan Ocean in 2008 and for three years embarked on various types of merchant vessels, such as cargo ships, container ships, and oil tankers. He is one of the few attorneys in Korea with experience as a marine navigator, and his strengths lie in cases involving maritime accidents, such as sinking of vessels, ship fires, and ship collisions, and subsequent post-accident measures, dispute cases arising from charter contracts, shipping contracts, and bills of lading, and maritime insurance.

Prior to obtaining his law license, he was a legal intern at London-based maritime law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP and New York law firm Kim & Bae PC. After obtaining his law license in 2015, he worked as an associate at HMP Law. Currently, at DR & AJU LLC, he represents both domestic and foreign clients in a range of areas such as Shipping & Aviation, General Civil Disputes, Commercial, Criminal Defense Litigation, Administrative Procedure & Litigation, Construction & Real Estate, Labor & Industrial Accident Investigations, Maritime Arbitration, and general corporate advisory and litigation.

With the above rich experience and expertise, Mr. Sung has provided legal advisory for public institutions such as the Incheon Port Authority, the Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology, Korea National Oil Corporation, and Korea Power Exchange. He has also served as a public interest committee member of the Shipping Industry Committee and a legal counsel to the Korea Coast Guard. Currently, he serves as a legal counsel and a policy advisory committee member of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a legal counsel to the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority, and Guri City.

He was selected by the Legal Times as Lawyer of the Year (2020) and Leading Lawyer of the Year (2022) in the area of Shipping and listed in Rising Stars 100 (2022), a ranking of the top 100 attorneys under the age of 45 that are either junior partners or senior associates. He was also selected as The Legal 500 Asia Pacific's Recommended Lawyer for Shipping (South Korea).

Mr. Sung has been recognized as a top lawyer in the “2024 Korea Law Firms Consumer Reports,” published by The Law Times. The report surveyed consumer satisfaction with legal services by domestic corporate legal teams.


      • DR & AJU LLC (2017-Present)
      • Attorney, HMP Law (2015-2017)
      • Legal Intern, Real Estate Team, Kim & Bae PC (2015)
      • Legal Intern, Marine & International Trade Team, Stephenson Harwood LLP (2013)
      • Ship Officer, STX Pan Ocean (2008-2011)
      • Pusan National University Law School (JD, 2015)
      • Korea Maritime and Ocean University (BA in Coast Guard Studies, 2008)
      • Daejeon Jungang High School (2004)
      • Admitted to Bar, Korea (2015)
      • Admitted to Patent Bar, Korea (2015)
      • Korean
      • English

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