Joseph M. Beck

Based on a survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies, Mr. Beck was one of only 29 attorneys in the entire country to have been selected for two years in a row by corporate counsel as providing "Outstanding Client Service." In 2010, Mr. Beck was named the Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year by Intellectual Property Magazine at a ceremony in London, England. Although he has handled government contract, product liability and antitrust (civil and criminal) litigation in the course of his career, he currently focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly copyright, and on consumer product, FDA and NHTSA recalls.


Mr. Beck has served as lead counsel in some of the most important copyright cases in the United States. Several of his reported cases are now included in standard law school case books. As a result, Mr. Beck has been asked to discuss his cases at law schools including Harvard, Stanford, The University of Texas, Duke and other institutions and in countries ranging from Russia to India. In addition to litigation in courts throughout the country, Mr. Beck has served as mediator in a number of copyright infringement disputes involving works ranging from motion pictures to architecture, and was named a "Power Mediator" by The Hollywood Reporter.

Product Recalls

Mr. Beck designed and helped quarterback one of the most successful recalls in Consumer Product Safety Commission history involving an appliance that allegedly caused at least 11 deaths. As a result of his work, he was invited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make a presentation to The U.S. Conference Board in Washington regarding recall techniques. At a subsequent public hearing in Washington, the Vice Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission referred to him as "one of the most knowledgeable persons in the country about consumer product recalls." Mr. Beck chaired the panel on the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act at the annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel in the Fall of 2009 in Boston.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Copyright, 3) Consumer Product Safety and 4) Internet
Law School Harvard Law School (J.D., 1968)
Admitted Year 1969
Education Emory University (B.A., 1965)
Bar Member / Association Georgia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
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