John R. Beard

John R. Beard


Belleville, IllinoisJohn-R.-Beard
Phone: 618-277-9000 (Ext. 2243)
Fax: 618-277-4594 

John’s practice includes representing railroads in Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) cases as well as doctors, nurses and hospitals in Medical Malpractice litigation.  

In law school, John devoted his time and talents to the art of courtroom advocacy.  John was heavily involved in the Mock Trial program and served as President of the team where he experienced great success in the courtroom.  Additionally, John utilized a temporary license to practice law at the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office and gained real-world experience performing preliminary hearings, bench trials and dealing with most traffic court matters.

John’s skills and success in the courtroom led to his induction into the National Order of Barristers – an exclusive national honors society that recognizes excellence in courtroom advocacy.

Areas of Practice

  • Railroad Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: CALI Award for Excellence: Trial Advocacy & Property Division
    • Honors: Southern Illinois University School of Law Mock Trial Team
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
    • B.S.
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Illinois Bar Association
  • The St. Clair County Bar Association