about beeman & muchmore

By marrying a flexible delivery model with endlessly creative fee arrangements, Art and Joel believe Beeman & Muchmore is a harbinger of the sustainable and client-focused law firm the future of our industry is demanding now.

our story

With 60 combined years in BigLaw, with nearly 35 of those years as partners at some of the most prominent law firms in the world, veteran litigators Arthur S. Beeman and Joel T. Muchmore created Beeman & Muchmore on June 1, 2020. With its main office in San Francisco, California, its unique and innovative law firm provides customized software licensing and auditing counseling of unqualified excellence, free from the inefficiencies that burden the traditional full-service law firm. 

Their software licensing microspecialty is informed by years of on-the-ground experience bucking the unfortunately rising trend of software vendors—including, but not limited to, Oracle Corporation—weaponizing software audits and licensing disputes for revenue generation campaigns at the expense of licensee customers. Art and Joel have represented scores of licensees of all types and sizes in their disputes with Oracle and other major software vendors, including serving as lead counsel for Mars, Inc. in the iconic Mars v. Oracle matter – to date the only public filing by a licensee challenging Oracle’s deeply unpopular licensing and auditing practices. 

Art and Joel have leveraged their years of managing recurring software disputes to create a unique value proposition that delivers their law firm’s software licensing microspecialty directly to clients. By creating a nimble law firm designed to offer counseling on a multitude of different scales, clients receive – and pay for – no more than the precise services they need. 

Because it focuses exclusively on matters of software licensing, Beeman & Muchmore’s value proposition has only strengthened in the years since its founding. Committed to keeping disputes under control and their clients out of litigation, Art and Joel spend the entirety of their professional time protecting their clients’ interests and staying on top of breaking issues and trends that can only be discerned and observed through complete dedication and focus on the ERP market. 

The Attorneys

Arthur S. Beeman

Born and raised in Ohio and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Arthur Beeman has been practicing law for over 40 years. Art has been admitted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He was named by the Daily Journal as among California’s “Top Ten Patent Lawyers” in that publication’s first-ever listing of the state’s top intellectual property lawyers. For multiple years, the publication Managing Intellectual Property has identified Art as an “IP Star,” recognizing his work on high-stakes matters throughout the United States. 

The National Law Journal has featured his jury verdicts, while Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business described Art as an “outstandingly energetic and creative IP lawyer… (who) enjoys a national reputation.” Art has also been recognized multiple years in the Northern California Super Lawyer Magazine, as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and by Martindale-Hubbell as one of San Francisco’s Top AV-Rated Lawyers. Art served as managing partner of the Silicon Valley office for a global law firm. 

Art is a proud family man. In his spare time, Art competes in trivia tournaments (he was a College Bowl champion at Northwestern University), attends culinary boot camps, and has dedicated himself to long-distance running for over 40 years.

You can contact Art by phone or e-mail.
phone: (415) 676-8435
e-mail: art@beemanmuchmore.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/artbeeman/

Joel T. Muchmore

Hailing from Oklahoma, Joel Muchmore caught the advocacy bug in high school where he was state champion for cross-examination debate. Joel then moved to the cornfields of Illinois to study the philosophy of language at Knox College and worked for a number of years in health care consulting before heading West. He graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was active in the Moot Court Department where he landed a spot on the winning team for the 2002 National Moot Court Competition–widely considered the country’s most prestigious moot court competition. Joel has practiced in Northern California his entire career. 

A steadfast believer in the power of written and oral advocacy, Joel has mentored dozens of young attorneys as they worked to form their craft. Joel is active in the legal community, serving for years as a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Bar Association. Outside of work, Joel is a long-distance runner, husband, father, and (largely) vegan cook. He is a published writer and, after years as a gigging musician in San Francisco, he now assists Bay Area musicians in navigating their contractual agreements.

You can contact Joel by phone or e-mail.
phone: (415) 309-4190
e-mail: joel@beemanmuchmore.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joel-muchmore-316734116/