Joel R. Samuels

Associate / St. Louis Metro Office

Joel’s unique combination of business experience and global outlook sets him apart from other intellectual property practitioners. With degrees in economics and business administration, Joel began his career focused on antitrust compliance in Hart-Scott-Rodino reportable transactions as well as Hatch-Waxman litigation. As a result, Joel approaches his current practice from the viewpoint of business investment and asset management.

Clients appreciate his ability to dissect their corporate financial information and investor reports to better understand their business and recommend effective IP strategies for furthering the bottom line. As a trusted counselor, he advises clients on contested matters in district courts and Patent Office proceedings, including post grant review proceedings and TTAB oppositions and cancellations. He also handles Markman hearings, district court arguments and oversees the day-to-day management of cases. Additionally, Joel negotiates and documents a wide variety of agreements, including settlement, license and inventor development arrangements. Joel also provides IP training and management advice for his clients.

Born in Calcutta, India, Joel grew up in the Midwest and on the Big Island of Hawaii. During law school, he clerked in the in-house legal department at Coca-Cola’s world headquarters in Atlanta. After law school, Joel worked in New York City for several years before returning to St. Louis. This personal experience allows Joel to provide legal advice in the context of a global marketplace and cross-cultural issues.

Outside of the office, Joel is a music enthusiast and a multi-instrumentalist. His musical accomplishments include a performance at the famed Carnegie Hall. He also enjoys hiking, fishing and gardening. Prior to becoming an attorney, Joel served as a first responder as an emergency medical technician basic.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers, Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018-2019
  • Best Lawyers, Litigation – Patent, 2019
  • Woolsack Honor Society
  • Penn State International Law Review, Executive Editor

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Education

J.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, 2008

B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Saint Louis University, 2005

B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Saint Louis University, 2005

Bar & Court Admissions

Missouri

New York

Eastern District of Missouri

Western District of Missouri Eastern District of New York

Southern District of New York