Benjamin R. McCorkle
Selected as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arkansas and a proud techno-geek since the early 1980s, Beacon Legal Group Founding Partner Benjamin McCorkle is an accomplished Internet attorney. Mr. McCorkle has been honored by the Arkansas Bar Foundation for his legal writing, and he was named a “Best Lawyer in Little Rock” in the area of appellate practice by Little Rock Soirée magazine. Mr. McCorkle’s knowledge of Internet technologies and business law has made him a leading Internet attorney in Arkansas and a national thought leader. In addition to Internet law, Mr. McCorkle’s practice also includes matters related to Constitutional law, immigration law, personal injury law, appellate procedure, and business and commercial law.
Mr. McCorkle is licensed to practice in Arkansas state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. McCorkle earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications from Texas Tech University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating with honors in 2001. Some of his distinguished student activities included:
- Assistant Executive Editor of the Law Review
- Swing Man for the National Moot Court Team
- Swing Man for the Competition Trial Team
- Member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
- President of the Pulaski County Bar Association, Student Division
- Fogleman Scholarship Recipient
- Pupil of the American Inns of Court Foundation
- Dean and Master of Ritual for Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity
- Student Mentor
During the summer of 2000, Mr. McCorkle studied international business law at the Haifa Law Institute, University of Haifa School of Law in Israel, publishing the top paper in Comparative International Business Law. Several of Mr. McCorkle’s other top papers include Communications Law, Computer Law, Privacy Law & Technology, and Mediation Clinic.
Prior to founding BLG, Mr. McCorkle served as the Director of the Arkansas Legislative Information Office, and Executive Director of the Preparatory Committee for the 1980 Arkansas Constitutional Convention.
Mr. McCorkle began a computer programming career in the early 1980s as founder and President of VS Software, a computer software development firm – a position he held until entering law school in 1998.
After his law school graduation, Mr. McCorkle clerked for the Honorable Annabelle Imber-Tuck, Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, served as Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, and worked as a litigator and legal researcher for the Law Offices of Peter Miller.
In addition to his duties as a founding partner and Internet attorney at BLG, Mr. McCorkle is also the Director of Legal Studies of the Arkansas Academy of Professional Education.
Publications & Activities
Mr. McCorkle has been published in numerous legal periodicals, both during law school and since becoming a member of the Arkansas Bar. He is a regular instructor at continuing legal education conferences, especially on cyber-law topics, and he was the Planning Chair of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Technology & Law Conferences of the Arkansas Bar Association. In addition to these activities, Mr. McCorkle is an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the National Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.