Kimberly L. Beck

Associate


Kim has 12 years of litigation experience, with a focus in product liability defense. She is a creative problem solver, who has been asked to speak at national seminars regarding deposition skills and methods to have unfavorable evidence regarding FDA findings excluded from trial.

As an attorney licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia, Kim has a wide breadth of experience. Recently, she obtained hundreds of voluntary dismissals in multidistrict litigation involving pharmaceutical products, successfully moved to dismiss individual cases filed in federal court, and obtained a favorable resolution for her client in mediation.

Kim’s experience has earned her recognition as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2010 and an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell. One of the attorneys who rated Kim through Martindale said she has “exceptional analytical skills and professional judgment.” Another described her as “one of the hardest-working, conscientious, and creative lawyers I have had the pleasure to work with.”

Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Cincinnati

    (B.A., with honors, 2002)
    Phi Alpha Delta; Gold Key National Honor Society

  • University of Dayton School of Law

    (J.D., summa cum laude, 2006)
    Staff Writer and Research Editor, Law Review; Mock Trial Team; CALI Award winner – Commercial Paper, Sales, Secured Transactions, Evidence

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State of Indiana
  • State of West Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia

Experience

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained dismissal in a variety of product liability cases, for both generic and branded pharmaceutical companies.
  • Established a proven track record for handling discovery, including the management of large-scale eDiscovery.
  • Drafted briefs that were filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on multidistrict litigation, which led to transfer to the pharmaceutical client’s preferred district court.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement involving a breach of contract action.
  • Successfully moved to compel arbitration in several cases involving a financial services client.
  • Experienced in managing junior associates, paralegals, and other team members to ensure efficient use of resources.
  • Persuasively argued before many state and federal courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • “Advanced Deposition Skills,” For the Defense (August 2018)
  • “Become an Appellate Jurisdiction ‘Genius,’” RX for the Defense (January 2014)
  • “Judicial Profile: Hon. Michael J. Newman U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio,” The Federal Lawyer(August 2012)
  • “Fraudulent Misjoinder: Respected by Some Judges, Rejected by Others,” For the Defense(April 2012)
  • “Differential Diagnosis – Trending Toward Exclusion,” Product Liability Law 360(November 2009)
  • “Pharmaceutical Preemption: An Analysis of the Viability of the Preemption Defense in Light of Wyeth v. Levine,” (April 2009)
  • “Pharmaceutical Preemption,” ALFA compendium (June 2009)

Presentations

  • “Advanced Deposition Training for Young Lawyers,” DRI Young Lawyers Committee Seminar (June 2018)
  • “Client Panel: What In-House Counsel and Adjusters are Seeking from Their Outside Counsel Team,” moderator, DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee Seminar YL Breakout session (May 2015)
  • “Is the FDA the Gold Standard? How to Argue Effectively that FDA Findings Are Inadmissible,” DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (May 2013)
  • “Applying the Rules of Evidence,” National Business Institute (March 2013)
  • “Representing Your Client in Federal Court,” National Business Institute (September 2011)
  • “Discovery Best Practices,” National Business Institute (November 2008)

 

 

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Defense Research Institute (Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee; Chair of Counsel Meetings; Vice-Chair of Publications (Newsletters); Chair of The Whisper 2013-2014; Chair, Seminar Planning Subcommittee of Young Lawyers Committee 2016-2017)
  • American Bar Association (Local Communications Director, 2015)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cincinnati Urban Business Initiative (2015)

  • Over the Rhine Community Council (2015)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class of 2015
  • Friends of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Chair 2011-2013)
  • ProKids (Membership Committee 2010-2011)
  • American Red Cross, Cincinnati Chapter (Club Red, Steering Committee Member, 2006-2010)
  • Summit County Day Mock Trial (Legal Advisor 2006-2008)

Honors

HONORS

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell (2015-2018)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2010-2019)

Personal

Kim is an avid reader and a bit of a history buff. She is currently reading extensively about 15th and 16th Century English history. “I love discovering the personalities and personal lives of people I learned about in school. I only recently read that Queen Isabella of Spain was a strong supporter (and maybe inciter) of the Spanish Inquisition and funded the voyage of Christopher Columbus. She also sent her youngest daughter, Katherine of Aragon, to England to marry King Henry VIII.”