Attorneys
R.T. Beard

R.T. Beard, III

Member
Email:rbeard@mwlaw.com
Phone:(501) 688.8832
Office: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Rick Beard is the Managing Director of Mitchell Williams. He is a trial lawyer and a member of the firm’s litigation group. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of insurance companies and self-insured corporations in all phases of civil litigation, including defense of medical malpractice claims, personal injury claims, products liability claims and legal malpractice.

Experience

Rick Beard is the Managing Director of Mitchell Williams. He is a trial lawyer and a member of the firm’s litigation group. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of insurance companies and self-insured corporations in all phases of civil litigation, including defense of medical malpractice claims, personal injury claims, products liability claims and legal malpractice.

Mr. Beard has over 40 years of litigation and trial experience, and is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, a Member of The American Board of Trial Advocates and a Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Professional Presentations

1989, 1990, 1991, Bridging the Gap (Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association), “Trial Preparation.” October 1989, Arkansas Institute for Continuing Legal Education (AICLE), “Failure in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Discussion of Loss of ‘Significant Chance’ and Consideration in Analyzing a Cancer Malpractice Case.” February, 1991, AICLE, “Top Verdicts and Settlements.” May, 1991, AICLE, “Disputed and Unresolved Issues in Medical Malpractice Litigation: Defendant’s View.” June, 1991, Arkansas Bar Association, “How to Conduct Two Hours of Devastatingly Effective Voir Dire in Five Minutes.” May 2006, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – LifeSkills Program, “Malpractice – What It Is and How Not To Do It.” June 2006, CNA Long-Term Care Training Session, “Dealing with Gross Pictures.” July 2007, CNA Long-Term Care Counsel Meeting, “So, You’ve Got a New Case. Now What?” April 2008, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – LifeSkills Program, “The Words You Least Want to Hear During Your Medical Career.” June 2008, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, “Dealing with Gross Pictures.” May 2009, Ramsey, Krug, Farrell & Lensing Hospital Risk Management Seminar, “Never Events.” September 2009, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Litigation Seminar, “Obtaining the Jurors’ Promise to Decide the Case Based on the Facts and Not on Emotion.” September 2009, CNA National LTC Counsel Meeting, “Records – What / Where / Evidentiary Issues / Spoliation.” October 2009, ProAssurance Defense Attorney Seminar, “Defending the Case Involving Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.”  September 2011, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Litigation Seminar, “Looking Beyond the Medical Chart”.  September 2015, DRI Nursing Home / ALF Litigation Seminar, “When the Civil Becomes the Un-Civil:  Strategically Handling Incidents Within a Facility to Avoid Litigation.”

Education

  • University of Arkansas School of Law J.D. 1971
  • University of Arkansas BSBA 1968

Involvement

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; American Academy of Trial Counsel, Fellow; American Board of Trial Advocates, Member; International Association of Defense Counsel, Member; Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member; Editorial Board of Arkansas Law Review, 1970-71, Member; Served on Executive Council; as Associate Editor and Editor of The Affiliate, the national newsletter; and Affiliate Outreach Team, all of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association; Served as President of the Young Lawyers section; as a member of the House of Delegates; and as a member of the Executive Committee, all of the Arkansas Bar Associations; Civil Procedure Committee, Member; Arkansas Bar Association, Member

Professional Honors

  • Ranked as Band 1 by Chambers and Partners USA 2015 in the area of Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America* in the area of Commercial Litigation, in Little Rock, for the years of 2006-2016
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America* in the area of Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, in Little Rock, for the years of 2011-2016
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America* for the past 20 years in Little Rock
  • Named to Super Lawyers**, Medical Malpractice Defense, in Little Rock, for the years 2006 - 2015
  • Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms 2008
  • Chambers and Partners USA: Leading Business Lawyers (Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Insurance, Local Litigation Star, 2013-2015

*Published by Woodward White, Inc.

**Published by Thomson Reuters