Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1998, with distinction

West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1997, Order of the Coif

Wake Forest University, B.S., 1994, cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maryland, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • Virginia, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
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Joe Meadows is a litigation shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman. He is an experienced trial attorney, focusing on business disputes, internet defamation, and cyber-attack/privacy matters.

Joe has tried cases before judges and juries, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts. He is known for his tenaciousness and creativity to achieve leverage in litigation or alternative dispute resolution. His diverse client base includes defense contractors, healthcare company, start-up technology companies, venture capital firms, real estate contractors, title company, IT firms, manufacturer, restaurants, web-based companies, bloggers, radio station, and high profile and high net-worth individuals. 

Joe founded internet defamation practice areas at his current and prior law firms. He is connected with a number of digital forensic experts, crisis management firms, and media contacts. He has been retained as an expert witness in defamation law and featured as a defamation litigator in articles and on radio shows.

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Social Media and Defamation 

Internet Defamation and Protected Opinion

Anonymous Online Defamation

Defamation Download

Prior to joining Bean, Kinney & Korman, Joe worked as a trial attorney and civil litigator at Crowell & Moring, LLP, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He started his career at the Department of Justice, Tax Division where he received the Tax Division's Outstanding Attorney Award in 2000. In addition to receiving his J.D. and LL.M. (taxation), Joe passed the North Carolina CPA exam.

Joe is licensed to practice in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Representative Experience

  • Represented U.S. government contractors in defamation and tortious interference litigations in state and federal courts.
  • Represented start-up technology company in Virginia defamation case against blogger.
  • Represented high-profile federal government official in Maryland defamation case against media.
  • Represented high-profile individual in Massachusetts defamation and cyber-attack case against unknown John Does.
  • Counseled businesses and individuals in defamation, disparagement, and privacy matters in the DC metro area and beyond, involving competitors, disgruntled employees, unknown persons, and the media.
  • Represented individual and company clients in litigation and settlement of Virginia and DC business partnership disputes.
  • Defended U.S. government contractor in False Claims Act jury trial (EDVA) involving weapons, muster, and travel invoice matters, obtaining defense verdict.
  • Defended various health care companies in dismissal or settlement of False Claims Act claims.
  • Tried and won bankruptcy preference case (USBC D. Md.), recovering attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Tried and won contested adoption matter for single parent, defending the win on appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation 

American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law

American Bar Association, Expert Witness Committee (Former Editor)

Bowen McCauley Dance Company (Board of Director)

Beyond the Suit

Joe spends his free time with his wife and three children hiking trails in Virginia. He's also an avid windsurfer and a passionate fan of WVU football.