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John Beard's practice is focused on representing healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation. Additionally, he represents corporations of various sizes in products liability, insurance, and general liability litigation. John is regarded for his experience representing clients at all stages of litigation, from initial case assessment to appeal.

John previously practiced at a mid-size civil litigation defense firm where he represented clients in medical malpractice, Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), toxic tort, and insurance litigation. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • USDC, Southern District of Illinois
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Bradley University, B.S., 2011

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Association

Blog Posts

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Decision That Res Judicata Does Not Apply to Involuntary Dismissal of Multiple Prior Complaints Spanning Ten Years

07.23.19 | Plaintiff Gerald Ward originally sued Decatur Memorial Hospital in 2009 alleging medical malpractice in the treatment of his brother who developed a post-surgery bed sore that became infected. Plaintiff alleged that...

Despite 2017 Amendment to Statute, Court of Appeals Holds Section 490.715 Fails to Preclude Evidence of "Charged" Amounts of Medical Expenses at Trial

01.29.19 | Court effectively negates statutory amendment intended to limit trial evidence to the actual cost of medical care.

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