our story—our new world & covid-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we woke up one morning and found ourselves in a new world, subject to a new set of rules that instantly shifted our individual and collective priorities. And nowhere is this more evident than in the legal industry, where practitioners are grappling with the decreasing utility of the very models that have governed the provision of professional services for decades.

Institutional response to change is slow under the best of circumstances, but it can be glacial in the legal industry. Yet, in these increasingly uncertain times, there is no time to wait for the legal industry to play catch-up. Businesses need specialized legal services, and they need those services delivered in the most efficient manner possible. And it is becoming painfully clear that over-sized law firms are distracted by metrics that, at best, are at odds with the increasingly focused needs of their clients.

After nearly 60 combined years in BigLaw, nobody better understands how out-dated priorities place unnecessary strain on the attorney-client relationship. And with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic still unfolding, companies are questioning the extent to which they can afford to continue shouldering the burden of BigLaw’s excesses.

We believe that the time is right for the legal industry to begin extracting the exemplary legal services of BigLaw from its anachronistic confines and, in this way, return the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship to the center of the practice of law. We have launched Beeman & Muchmore, LLP to do exactly that.

Beeman & Muchmore, LLP

Between the two of us, we have a combined total of nearly 60 years of litigation and trial experience with nearly 35 of those years as partners at BigLaw firms. Over the decades, our matters have ranged from purely transactional and counseling to fierce bet-the-company litigation. We have been fortunate to represent clients from all walks of business and life, from nascent startups to Fortune 100 companies, from aspiring artists to internationally renowned rock stars, from brick-and-mortar manufacturing enterprises to the most sophisticated technology companies in the world.

To every client relationship, we bring an unwavering commitment and energy to creatively solving the problem at hand. While we take pride in the professional accolades we have garnered over the years, our greatest satisfaction comes from the relationships we have forged with our clients. Notwithstanding BigLaw’s mantra of  bigger is better, the practice of law remains a profession built on the intimate relationship between a lawyer and client. We take that relationship seriously and have no objective other than protecting your interests while solving your problems.

Introducing “GigLaw”

In the new world, businesses not only increasingly need attorneys with a tailored skillset, they need access to that skill set in the most efficient way possible. In response to this demand, Beeman & Muchmore takes advantage of the digital advancements that have allowed for the democratization of all service-oriented work. Though the resulting “gig economy” is not without its critics, it is time for the legal industry to find ways to pass these efficiencies on to their clients.

We built Beeman & Muchmore to be free from a dedicated brick-and-mortar office and the other encumbrances of old world law firms. After working together for a decade, our team is comfortable partnering remotely and taking advantage of flexible office spaces and other individualized vendor services as necessary. In this manner, our clients are paying only for our counseling—not subsidizing the exorbitant commercial real estate market or the outdated inefficiencies of BigLaw.

The Attorneys

Arthur Beeman

arthur s. beeman

Born and raised in Ohio, and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Art has been practicing law for nearly 40 years.

Joel Muchmore

joel t. muchmore

Hailing from Oklahoma, Joel graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and has been practicing law for 20 years.

matters & representations

The following is a sample of the representative matters we have handled over the years:

  • Confidential Failed ERP Installation Arbitration (San Francisco JAMS ADR, 2019). Served as lead counsel for international provider of online educational services in a confidential arbitration against multinational software corporation in a recovery action with regard to a botched Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) software installation.
  • Strajna, Daniel J. v. 3M, et al. (Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda, 2018). Served as lead counsel for defendant, an aluminum fabricating company, in a multiparty asbestos litigation matter involving alleged exposure through fireplace installation, including complex issues of successor liability. Client dismissed during summary judgment stage.
  • Louise Shivaya v. H.O.E.M., et al. (Superior Court of the State of California, County of Marin, 2016.) Served as lead counsel for founder of two-time Grammy award winning rock band Supertramp in privacy and breach of contract dispute.
  • Mars, Incorporated, et al. v. Oracle Corporation, et al. (Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco, 2015.) Served as lead counsel for client Mars, Incorporated in software license agreement/audit dispute against Oracle Corporation.
  • Tranxition, Inc. v. Lenovo, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2014.) Served as lead counsel for client Tranxition, Inc. in patent infringement case involving software technology for migration of computer “personalities.”
  • Tranxition, Inc. v. Novell, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2014.) Served as lead counsel for client Tranxition, Inc. in patent infringement case involving software technology for migration of computer “personalities.”
  • The Clorox Company, et al. v. Mavea, LLC (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2013.) Counsel for Clorox in trademark infringement and unfair competition matter.
  • Shared Medical Resources, LLC v. Histologics, LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2012). Served as lead counsel for Histologics in defense of patent infringement case involving a medical device technology.
  • Local.com Corporation v. Fry’s Electronics, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2012.) Served as lead counsel for Fry’s Electronics in defense of a patent infringement case involving e-commerce technology.
  • Caldera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. The Regents of the University of California, et al. (California Superior Court in San Francisco, 2012.) Served as lead counsel for Caldera in breach of contract and fraud action in connection with a patent licensing agreement.
  • Edenhurst Gallery v. San Jose Museum of Art Association (California Superior Court in Santa Clara, 2012.) Served as lead counsel Edenhurst Gallery in breach of contract matter.
  • A.P. Deauville, LLC v. Arion Perfume & Beauty, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2012.) Counsel of record for Arion in Lanham Act and California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 matter.
  • Ultimate Pointer, LLC v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., et al. (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2011). Served as lead counsel for defendants in patent infringement matter involving gaming technology.
  • Alto Ventures, Inc. v. Transera Communications, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2011). Served as lead counsel for Transera in defense of a patent infringement matter involving a telecommunications technology.
  • Fotomedia Technologies, LLC v. Insider Guides, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 2011). Served as lead counsel for Insider Guides in a patent infringement matter involving internet file-sharing technology.
  • Rovi Corporation v. Alticast Corporation (U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2011). Served as lead counsel for Rovi in matter regarding breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and fraud.
  • Alexx, Inc. v. Charm Zone (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2010). Served as lead counsel for Alexx, Inc. in a patent infringement matter involving key chain locators.
  • Sendmail, Inc. v. Tumbleweed Communications (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009). Served as lead counsel for client Sendmail, Inc. in a patent infringement and breach of contract matter involving e-mail firewall technology.
  • Exergetic, Inc. v. Edison Mission Energy and Midwest Generation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009). Served as lead counsel for clients Edison Mission Energy and Midwest Generation in a patent infringement matter involving intelligent software relating to the efficiency of coal-fired power plants.
  • Z-Line Designs, Inc. v. Planet 3, LLC (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009). Served as lead counsel for Planet 3, LLC in a design patent infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition lawsuit involving ready-to-assemble furniture for use with televisions and stereos.
  • In re Plant Insulation Co. (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, 2009). Trial counsel for OneBeacon Insurance Company in plan confirmation hearing involving debtor with alleged asbestos-related liabilities of $2 billion and proceedings involving complex issues regarding channeling injunctions under 11 U.S.C. Sec. 524(g).
  • Baden Sports, Inc. v. Kabushiki Kaisha Molten, 2008-1216, 2008-1246 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 2008). Served as lead counsel in appeal involving patent infringement and Lanham Act claims against client Molten, the largest game ball manufacturer in the world.
  • Plant Insulation Company v. FFIC, et al. (California Superior Court in San Francisco, 2006.) Trial counsel for OneBeacon Insurance Company in multi-phased asbestos insurance coverage matter.
  • CollegeNet v. XAP (2006 jury trial; U.S. District Court, District of Oregon). Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel in a three-week jury trial involving patent infringement and Lanham Act claims; obtained $8.5 million verdict.
  • CollegeNet v. XAP (2007 bench trial; U.S. District Court, District of Oregon). Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel in a one-week bench trial involving Lanham Act claims; obtained a $4.5 million verdict with finding of willfulness and award of attorneys’ fees.
  • Dr. Harry Gaus v. Conair Corporation, 03-1295-1310 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 2004). Served as lead counsel in appeal regarding estoppel issues based on language in a patent’s specifications.
    Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in federal jury trial on behalf of a former prisoner who alleged violations of his civil rights by the Sheriff’s Department of Contra Costa County (2004).
  • Gaus v. Conair (2002 jury trial; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York). Served as lead counsel in three-week jury trial involving patent infringement claims; obtained $47 million verdict for inventor).
  • Read v. Powerscreen (2000 jury trial; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.) Served as lead defense counsel in four-week jury trial involving patent infringement claims; obtained defense verdict on one patent and successfully appealed adverse verdict on remaining patent.
  • Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., et al. v. Eckart-Werke GmbH (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2000). Served as lead counsel for Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc. in trade secrets dispute involving manufacture of aluminum flake pigment products for the automotive and plastics markets.
  • Tigard v. Syntennico and Field Turf (2001 jury trial; U.S. District Court, District of Oregon). Served as lead defense counsel in two-week jury trial involving breach of contract and fraud claims; obtained defense verdict.
  • CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 1995). Served as lead appellate counsel in in matter addressing complex indemnity arrangements between railroads.
  • Soo Line Railroad Company v. Hawker Siddeley Canada, Inc., 950 F.2d 526 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit 1991). Served as lead appellate counsel in matter addressing novel issues of personal jurisdiction over an international corporation based on compliance with industry standards.
  • America West Airlines, Inc. v. GPA Group, LTD., et al.; 877 F.2d 793 (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1989). Served as lead appellate counsel in matter addressing issues related to jurisdiction over a foreign sovereign pursuant to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

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