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 shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman. He is an experienced trial attorney, focusing on complex civil litigation, internet defamation/disparagement and cyber-attack matters. Joe is also known for his extensive experience with expert witnesses.

Understanding and being attuned to his clients' needs are top priorities for Joe, and he is known for his tenaciousness and keen sense of urgency, which is always valued in a fast-paced digital world. He represents clients in a variety of matters and actively writes and presents on cyber issues such as:

  • internet defamation / disparagement
  • invasion of privacy
  • computer fraud and abuse
  • First Amendment anonymity claims
  • online impersonation
  • domain name hacking
  • Anti-SLAPP laws
  • Communications Decency Act Section 230
  • Stored Communications Act

Joe has exceptional litigation experience and has tried over 20 cases, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued appellate matters in federal and state courts. His diverse client base includes manufacturers, internet-based companies, retailers, distributors, financial service providers, government contractors, healthcare entities and high-profile individuals.  

Joe is also well known for his experience with a variety of subject matter experts: actuaries, economists, engineers, digital and other forensic investigators, psychologists, material scientists and weapons experts. He has briefed and argued many Daubert motions and is an Editor for the American Bar Association’s Expert Witness Committee.

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.

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Social Media and Defamation 

Social Media and Defamation

Internet Defamation and Protected Opinion

Internet Defamation as it Pertains to Protected Opinion

Representative Experience

  • Represented U.S. government contractors in defamation and tortious interference litigations in state and federal courts. The matters involved novel First Amendment anonymity issues and complex factual and jurisdictional disputes.
  • Represented start-up technology company in defamation case against blogger.
  • Represented high-profile individual in defamation and cyber-attack case against John Does.
  • Successfully defended a U.S. government contractor in a False Claims Act jury trial involving complex expert witness testimony and evidence.
  • Successfully represented health care companies in settlements of False Claims Act litigation.
  • Tried and won a bankruptcy preference case for a Chapter 7 trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, recovering attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Tried and won a contested adoption matter, defending the win on appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully litigated a tariff classification dispute in the U.S. Court of International Trade, recovering millions in refunds for the international client importer.

Published Articles

Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Bar Association, Science & Technology Law, Internet of Things Committee 

American Bar Association, Expert Witness Committee (Editor)

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.