Joseph L. Meadows


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  • Biography

    Joe Meadows is a former DOJ trial attorney and current litigation partner with GRSM. He focuses on business and contract disputes, e-commerce, internet defamation, and cyber-attacks/privacy matters. He has tried cases before judges and juries, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts.

    Joe is the current author of The Law of Defamation in Virginia (Fifth Edition). He networks with digital forensics investigators and public relations crisis experts. He presents CLE programs on defamation and has been featured as a defamation litigator in articles and on radio shows. His diverse client base has included defense contractors, healthcare companies, start-up ventures, technology companies, manufacturers, restaurants, bloggers, a radio station, political figures, and high-profile, high-net-worth individuals. 

    He is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Bars and is admitted to practice before various federal district and appellate courts. He started his legal career in 1998 as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Tax Division, where he received the Tax Division's Outstanding Attorney Award in 2000. He has been in private practice since 2003. He earned his law degrees from West Virginia University College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. Joe also has passed the North Carolina CPA exam. 


    • Maryland
    • District of Columbia
    • Virginia
    • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
    • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. and Fourth Circuits
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Court of International Trade


    • American Bar Association
      • Section of Litigation
      • Forum on Communications Law
      • Expert Witness Committee, Former Editor

    Profile Summary

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Represented U.S. government contractors in defamation and tortious interference litigations in state and federal courts.
    • Represented start-up technology company in Virginia defamation case against blogger.
    • Represented high-profile federal government official in Maryland defamation case against media.
    • Represented high-profile individual in Massachusetts defamation and cyber-attack case against unknown John Does.
    • Counseled businesses and individuals in defamation, disparagement, and privacy matters in the DC metro area and beyond, involving competitors, disgruntled employees, unknown persons, and the media.
    • Represented individual and company clients in litigation and settlement of Virginia and DC business partnership disputes.
    • Defended U.S. government contractor in False Claims Act jury trial (EDVA) involving weapons, muster, and travel invoice matters, obtaining defense verdict.
    • Defended various health care companies in dismissal or settlement of False Claims Act claims.
    • Tried and won bankruptcy preference case (USBC D. Md.), recovering attorney’s fees and costs.
    • Tried and won contested adoption matter for single parent, defending the win on appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • Publications & Presentations


    • The U.S. Supreme Court Ended Debate on Whether Scienter Under the False Claims Act is Measured Under a Subjective or Objective Test. It’s a Subjective Test., June 2023
    • Seven Tips for Negotiating with Hackers (or Anyone for that Matter), December 2021
    • The Law of Defamation in Virginia (Fifth Edition)Virginia Law Foundation, 2022
    • DC Circ. Lobbyist Ruling May Lead To 1st Amendment Clarity, Law360, January 15, 2021
    • Are We Partners? Implied Partnerships Guide, January 12, 2021
    • Why You Should Consider Opting for Arbitration During the Coronavirus Pandemic, American Bar Association - Practice Points, November 30, 2020
    • Internet Defamation Guide, A Graphic Illustration, October 2020
    • INSIGHT: Don’t Say This in the New Workplace, Bloomberg Law, June 15, 2020
    • Small Business Reorganization Under the Cares Act and SBRA, and What that Means for Creditors, Bankruptcy Law News, Virginia State Bar, June 2020
    • Understanding Gov't Contractor Defamation Privilege, Law360, December 9, 2019
    • 5 Tips on Protecting Articles, Blogs, or Posts from Defamation Liability, LinkedIn, May 16, 2019
    • Internet Defamation Guide - 10 Questions to Spot or Avoid Online Defamation, LinkedIn, March 7, 2019
    • Responding to a Cyber Reputation Attack: A Game Plan and a Digital Forensics Expert, American Bar Association's Expert Witnesses Section of Litigation, November 2, 2017
    • How State High Courts Are Reshaping Anti-SLAPP Laws, Law360, July 31, 2017
    • What's Next For Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation, Law360, April 19, 2017
    • When Is the Sale Price Not Equal to Fair Value?, American Bar Association's Expert Witnesses Section of Litigation, February 21, 2017
    • Six Steps to Protecting Your Reputation Online, Corporate Counsel, February 17, 2017
    • Using Experts in Arbitration, American Arbitration Association's Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, February/April 2007
    • Using Experts in Arbitration, Chapter 31, AAA Handbook on Arbitration Practice – Second Edition, December 2015

    Speaking Engagements

    • Online Defamation: Defending Reputations and Speech in Cyberspace, Webcast, May 7, 2020
    • Ask the Attorney, Call-in Radio Show, WVOW Radio | 101.9FM | 1290AM, February 26, 2020
    • Virginia Lawmakers Aim To Crack Down On SLAPP TourismThe Kojo Nnamdi Show with guest, Joe Meadows, On-Demand Recording, February 17, 2020
    • Ask the Attorney, Call-In Radio Show, WVOW Radio | 101.9FM / 1290AM, February 12, 2020
    • Business Education Series: Avoiding Liability for Social Media Postings, Reston, VA, October 9, 2019
    • Internet Defamation, Arlington Rotary Club, Arlington, VA, July 11, 2019
    • Internet Defamation: Defend Against Defamers and Cyber-attackers, Bean, Kinney & Korman, Arlington, VA, October 25, 2018
    • Internet Defamation & Cyber-Attacks, Solo and Small Firms: Maximize Your Success, WV CLE, Morgantown, WV, September 21, 2018

    Blog Posts

    • Internet Defamation Guide (graphic illustration)
    • COVID-19 Economic Relief Investigations: They Will Expose Some Businesses to Civil Liability, Business Insights, April 22, 2020
    • Facial Recognition: Security Tool or Threat Vector?, Business Insights, June 6, 2019
    • Win for Online Speech Sustained: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Hassell v. Yelp, Business Insights, January 23, 2019
    • Internet Defamation Briefing, Business Insights, October 25, 2018
    • Internet Defamation Guide - 10 Questions to Spot or Avoid Online Defamation, Business Insights, August 2, 2018
    • Freedom of Speech or Freedom from Defamation? - 5 Takeaways from Yelp’s Recent Court Victory, Business Insights, July 18, 2018
  • Education


    LL.M, with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998,

    J.D., Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law, 1997

    B.S., cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1994