James M. Beck
Senior Life Sciences Policy Analyst, Reed Smith LLP
Mr. Beck joined Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry, Product Liability, and Appellate Groups in the spring of 2012. Mr. Beck handles complex personal injury and product liability litigation. He has overseen the development of legal defenses, master briefs, and dispositive motions in numerous multidistrict litigation matters and other mass torts. On the appellate side, he has drafted major appellate briefs in significant product liability and related matters, including numerous amicus curiae briefs.
Mr. Beck is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Committee (PLAC) and has sat on PLAC’s case selection committee since 1997. He has written over 70 amicus curiae briefs on product liability issues for PLAC. In 2011, James was awarded the PLAC’s John P. Raleigh Award, the eighth time the group’s highest honor has been bestowed since PLAC’s founding in 1982. He is also the founder and co-host of the award-winning Drug & Device Law blog.
Mr. Beck received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his B.A., cum laude, from Princeton University.