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Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania: November 1987
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania - 1995

Practice Emphasis: Business and commercial law, intellectual property, computer and technology matters, corporate representation, business opportunities, non-profit organizations, and municipal law


  • American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbitrators, Commercial 1990 - 1997)

  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections of Business Law and Intellectual Property Law)

  • Computer Law Association

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Member, Sections of Business Law and Municipal Law)

  • Centre County Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors 1993 - 1996)

  • Pennsylvania State Association of Township Solicitors


        College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
        Marshall-Wythe School of Law
        J.D. Degree awarded May, 1987

            ABA Law Student Division
            Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
            Phi Alpha Theta

        Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
        B.A. in Prelaw with Business Minor awarded May, 1984
        Graduated with Honors (Top 10%). Thesis required.

            Golden Key National Honor Society
            International Honor Society in History
            National Political Science Honor Society


    In his practice, Mr. Beard emphasizes business and commercial work, with a focus on technology, intellectual property, software and computer applications, start-up enterprises (including for-profit and non-profit corporations, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships), business planning and opportunities (including financing and expansion), contracts (including government contracting), employment issues, and technology-related ventures. He works with several software and data distribution companies, and has assisted many clients with procuring and protecting trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property. He also has been involved in licensing and technology transfer ventures. Many of Mr. Beard's clients are companies involved in production and distribution of specialized products or information to larger entities on a commercial basis, or to the general consuming public.

    Mr. Beard has litigated numerous commercial cases, including representing creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and has been involved in complex multi-district federal litigation and commercial arbitration cases with the American Arbitration Association. He has served as a commercial panelist with the AAA.