Partner

Brief info

Adoption
Surrogacy
Guardianship

Contacts

Joanna Beck Wilkinson, JD

Practice

Joanna Beck Wilkinson began practicing family building law as a member of LMB in 2008.  She has practiced in more than 35 Missouri Counties and 22 Judicial Circuits; has finalized more than 400 adoptions and has represented clients in more than 150 parentage actions and collaborative reproduction agreements. Joanna is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

After only six years of practice, Joanna was welcomed as a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproductive Attorneys (AAAA). Fellowship in AAAA is by invitation only and based on criteria for excellence in the practices of adoption and assisted reproduction law, respectively.

Joanna routinely counsels and represents adoptive and birth parents in LMB’s uncontested independent, agency, stepparent, second parent, international, and foster adoption practice. Joanna also represents intended parents, gestational carriers and gamete donors in all aspects of collaborative reproduction, from negotiating and drafting gestational carrier and gamete donor agreements, through the parentage actions that legally establish and disestablish parental rights. Joanna’s collaborative reproduction practice extends across multiple jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally.

Before Joanna joined LMB, she worked at several high profile, national adoption law firms including Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. in Indianapolis and Gradstein & Gorman in San Francisco.

Speaking Engagements
  • Assisted Reproduction Law for Beginners, Lorman Education Services, Webinar, 2019
  • Prenatal Abandonment: ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ In the Supreme Court and Thirty-Four States, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, Kansas City, 2018
  • Interstate Compact for Placement of Children: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, Montreal, 2017
  • Introduction to ART, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, Chicago, 2015
  • Assisted Reproduction Law for Beginners, Lorman Education Services, Webinar, 2015
  • ART Case Law and Legislative Update, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, St. Pete’s Beach, 2015
  • Social Media and Family Building Law, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, St. Pete’s Beach, 2015
  • ART 101, American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Conference, Philadelphia, 2014
Education
  • University of Minnesota School of Law (2007), Juris Doctorate 

  • Loyola University, Chicago (2002), Bachelor of Arts, Economics

Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • Member of the Women’s Law Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Contributor to the Missouri Bar Association’s Special Committee on Adoption Issues
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section
Bar Memberships
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Kansas Bar Association
Personal

Joanna enjoys obscure French fashion, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, and spending time with her husband and their four sons.

offices in:

St. Louis & Columbia, Missouri

email:

info@marybecklaw.com

call:

St. Louis: 314.962.0292
Columbia: 573.446.7554