Kimberly L. Beck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Corpus Christi, TX

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP
 | 719 South Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Phone: 800-491-1493
Fax: 361-882-3015
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2019
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

As senior attorney at Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, Kimberly L. Beck represents clients throughout the state of Texas in legal matters related to products liability. She has been named a Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine, has an Avvo “Superb” rating and for her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Beck is admitted to practice in four states: West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. She is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in business economics and political science from the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Beck moved on to law school. At the University of Dayton School of Law, she graduated summa cum laude with her Juris Doctor in 2006.

She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. A member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, Ms. Beck also works with the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - Products: Defense
Focus Areas

Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 10 years

Rising Stars: 2010 - 2019

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About Kimberly Beck

Professional Webpage: https://hmglawfirm.com/kimberly-beck/

Honors/Awards:

  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2010
  • Earned Rising Star Award, Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2019
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2013
  • Was rated 10/10 by Avvo.com, Superb Avvo Rating, 2014
  • Superb Avvo Rating, 2016
  • Superb (10/10), Avvo, 2017
  • This award was given to me in recognition for the work I did as Chair of the Seminar Planning Committee., Unsung Hero Award, Defense Research Institute, 2017
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2011
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2014
  • Was given a Superb (10/10) rating., Avvo, 2015
  • AV Rating, Martindale, 2016
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2016
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2012
  • Superb Avvo rating, 2013
  • AV rating, Martindale, 2015
  • AV Rated, Martindale, 2017
  • Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Obtained license to practice law in West Virginia., 2016
  • Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky; United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky; United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia; the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court. 
  • Obtained license to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana., 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Association: Member (2007-2016; 2018)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association: Member (2006-present); Membership Committee (2009-2010)
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Member (2006-present)
  • American Bar Association: Member (2007-present); Local Communications Director (2015)
  • Kentucky Bar Association: Member (2007-present)
  • Defense Research Institute: Member (2010-present); Editor The Whisper (2013-2014); Young Lawyers Steering Committee Member; Second Vice-Chair Young Lawyers Seminar Planning (2014-2015); First Vice-Chair Young Lawyers Seminar Planning (2015-2016); Chair of Young Lawyers Seminar Planning (2016-2017); Vice-Liaison to the Drug and Medical Device Committee (2014); Liaison to the Drug and Medical Device Committee (2015); Vice-chair of Publications for the Drug and Medical Device Committee - Newsletters (2014-2015); Chair of Publications for the Drug and Medical Device Committee - Newsletters (2015-2018); Drug and Medical Device Counsel Meetings Chair (2015-2018)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio - I help start up businesses with trademarks and license agreements., 2019
  • Junior League of Cincinnati: Member (2013-present); Grant writer/editor (2014-2017); Co-chair of Major Gifts (2015-2016)
  • United Way Emerging Leaders Society (2006-2010; 2015-2017); United Way leader for my firm (2015); Friends of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: special events director (2010-2011); vice-chair (2011); chair (2011-2013); immediate past chair (2013-2015); ProKids (2011-2013); Junior League (2013-present); Over the Rhine Community Council Youth Initiative (2013-2014); Cincinnati Urban Business Initiative: chair (2014); National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class of 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • A discussion regarding the outlook of the preemption defense and the circumstances in which the defense may be viable in light of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Wyeth v. Levine., Author, Pharmaceutical Preemption - An Analysis of the Viability of the Preemption Defense in Light of Wyeth v. Levine, 2009
  • Practical advice regarding depositions., Speaker, Advanced Deposition Training for Young Lawyers, Defense Research Institute, Litigation, 2018
  • This is a practical guide to taking depositions and avoiding common pitfalls., Co-author, Advanced Deposition Skills, For the Defense, Litigation, 2018
  • "Differential Diagnosis - Trending Toward Exclusion" discussed the admissibility of expert opinions regarding causation, when the opinions are based on differential diagnosis. So, in English: Modern medicine does not know all of the possible causes of many diseases, like cancer. We know that you are more likely to get cancer if one of your parents had cancer, or if you smoke, or if you are obese, etc. But, a lot of people who get cancer don't have any risk factors at all. So, there are unknown causes of cancer. In other words, many cases of cancer are "idiopathic," meaning that there is some unknown cause. In the past, experts have been permitted to come in to court and say, for example, "we know the risk factors for cancer are family history, being obese, being exposed to a particular pharmaceutical product, etc... this plaintiff got cancer. She doesn't have a family history; she is not obese, but she did take this drug. It must be the drug." However, the expert failed to consider that it might be idiopathic. That logic is flawed and courts are finally starting to say such testimony is inadmissible., Co-author, Differential Diagnosis - Trending Toward Exclusion, 2006
  • I worked with Jim Comodeca to draft "Pharmaceutical Preemption" for the June 2009 ALFA Compendium. The article and accompanying presentation discussed the US Supreme Court Wyeth v. Levine decision. Wyeth, a name brand pharmaceutical manufacturer, argued that Ms. Levine could not prevail on a failure to warn state law claim because the FDA told Wyeth what its label needed to say. The Supreme Court decided (with some tortured logic) that Wyeth could have changed the label, and thus, the claim was not preempted., Co-author, Pharmaceutical Preemption, 2009
  • I presented "Representing Your Client in Federal Court" to approximately 20 other attorneys. The lecture focused on means to effectuate service of process and service pursuant to the Hague Convention, new pleading standards, and ethics., Author, Representing Your Client in Federal Court, NBI, 2011
  • The article discusses the applicability of the procedural misjoinder doctrine. In a nutshell, plaintiffs' counsel will frequently recruit numerous plaintiffs to file suit against a defendant or a group of defendants. The claims of one plaintiff have nothing to do with the claims of any other defendant, but plaintiffs' attorneys still combine them in the same complaint, frequently in such a manner as to deprive federal courts of jurisdiction. Many federal courts have severed unrelated claims in order to maintain jurisdiction., Author, Procedural Misjoinder: Respected by Some Judges Rejected by Others, Defense Research Institute, 2012
  • This article was a short bio regarding Judge Michael Newman, published in The Federal Lawyer, the Federal Bar Association's Magazine., author, Judicial Profile: Hon. Michael J. Newman U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, The Federal Lawyer, 2012
  • I presented 1.5 CLE lecture hours for the National Business regarding the admissibility of various kinds of evidence. My presentation included an analysis of relevancy, authenticity, and hearsay., speaker, Applying the Rules of Evidence, National Business Institute, 2013
  • During the DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar, I gave a presentation setting forth arguments to have arguably unfavorable FDA findings held inadmissible in various jurisdictions., Presenter, “Is the FDA the Gold Standard? How to Argue Effectively that FDA Findings Are Inadmissible, 2013
  • In "Become an Appellate Jurisdiction Genius," I discussed various circumstances when appellate courts have jurisdiction in multi-party cases. , Author, Become an Appellate Jurisdiction Genius, RX for the Defense, 2014
  • Moderator, Client Panel: What In-House Counsel and Adjusters are Seeking from Their Outside Counsel Team, DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee Seminar YL Breakout Session , 2015

Educational Background:

  • Graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law, summa cum laude., 2006

Industry Groups

  • Pharmaceuticals Defense
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Office Location for Kimberly L. Beck

719 South Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Phone: 800-491-1493

Fax: 361-882-3015

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