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

R.T. Beard, III

Of Counsel
Phone:(501) 688.8832
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

R.T. Beard, III is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.  Rick is an experienced trial attorney whose 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.


Professional Presentations

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

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Ranked in Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense in Arkansas (2017-2020)
  • Chambers USA: Ranked in Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense in Arkansas (2015)
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers (Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation (2006-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-2021)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers since 1995
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 50 Arkansas: (2018, 2019)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Defense (2006-2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Insurance, Local Litigation Star  (2013-2015)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms (2008)


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Trial Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Editorial Board of Arkansas Law Review, (1970-71)
  • Former Executive Council Member, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
    • Associate Editor and Editor of The Affiliate, the national newsletter
    • Member, Affiliate Outreach Team
  • Arkansas Bar Association
    • Former President Young Lawyers section
    • Former Member House of Delegates
    • Former Executive Committee Member
    • Former Civil Procedure Committee Member

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