• University of Chicago, A.B., history, general and departmental honors
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Oxford, M.St., legal research


  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Joachim B. Steinberg, CIPP/US


Based in both San Francisco and New York, Joachim B. Steinberg (CIPP/US) supports clients on commercial, technology, and intellectual property litigation from coast-to-coast. He has broad experience in federal and state courts, including representing a client before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joachim has experience across multiple industries, including software, aeronautics, video games, and start-ups, and across fields of law including trademark, copyright, trade secrets, antitrust, and privacy. A native of New York City and admitted to practice in both New York and California, Joachim has significant experience counseling and representing clients in all business phases. He has successfully litigated—or resolved without the need for litigation—claims of trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. His experience also includes corporate, intellectual property, and employment counseling.

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.

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, where he wrote a thesis on conflict of laws and international sales. Before attending law school, Joachim taught elementary school in the South Bronx. Joachim’s pro bono experience includes immigration asylum and section 1983 civil rights litigation.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • ABA-Intellectual Property Section Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, 2023
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2022 – Present
  • Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco, Board of Directors, 2021 – Present
  • Copyright Society USA, Member, 2018 – Present; Northern California Chapter Co-Chair, 2021 – Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations, Delegate, 2016 – Present; Chair, 2022
  • San Francisco City Football Club, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2016 – 2022
  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, Member, 2016 – 2018
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Board of Directors, 2014 – 2018

Representative Matters

  • Represented a technology start-up in an appeal before the Second Circuit in a trademark infringement case.
  • Provided legal services for a major producer of airplane parts in trade secrets litigation over critical internal technology.
  • Represented a municipality in antitrust litigation against several large banks for rate-fixing related to variable rate bonds.
  • Represented a video-game company in intellectual property claims related to the “print on demand” industry, securing a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a Canadian technology company in patent and trademark litigation over virtualization software, leading to a substantial jury verdict.
  • Assisted client in FINRA arbitration proceedings.
  • Argued a summary judgment motion in a civil rights case against a police department.

Speeches & Presentations

  • “Retail and the Metaverse,” Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Privacy Committee Meeting (December 16, 2022). Speaker(s): Joachim B. Steinberg, Gage Javier.

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