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Joachim Steinberg is an associate in the Silicon Valley office of McKool Smith. He focuses his practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Joachim was an associate at a large international firm, where he represented clients in various litigation matters, including class action defense, commercial litigation, and employment matters. Joachim clerked for both the Honorable Eric Clay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Theodore Katz in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Joachim attended law school at New York University. While at NYU, Joachim was named best oralist in the final round of the Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition. He was also a Robert McKay Scholar, development editor for the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, and a student advocate for the New York Civil Liberties Union. After completing his J.D., Joachim attended the University of Oxford from 2010-2011, where he wrote a thesis on conflict of laws and international sales. Before attending law school, Joachim taught elementary school in the South Bronx.  


Community & Professional Activities

  • Board of directors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2014-present
  • Delegate, Bar Association of San Francisco Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations, 2016-present
  • Chairman of the board of directors, San Francisco City Football Club, 2016-present
  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, 2016-present


MSt., Legal Research, University of Oxford, 2011

J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 2010

A.B., with honors, History, University of Chicago, 2004

Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of California
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Northern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits
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