Joshua D. Beard

Attorney Grand Rapids, MI

Not everyone can get excited about energy law and aviation law, but I guess that’s what makes me unique. An avid and curious learner, I’m always seeking a deeper understanding so that I can help companies across the oil and gas industry overcome their greatest legal challenges.

Outside of Mike Meyers, I serve as Treasurer of the Aviation Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan. I’m also a member of the Legal and Legislative Committee for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and on the Board of Directors for CDS Lakeshore Head Start.

Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
  • State of Michigan, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Education

The University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Professional Associations and Memberships

Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Member
Legal and Legislative Committee

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

Aviation Law Section, Treasurer

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

CDS Lakeshore Headstart
Board of Directors (2013-present)
Past President (July 2016-present)
President (2015-July 2016)
Secretary (2014-2015)

Honors and Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2019 Top Lawyers
Publications

Up in the Air: The Legal Status of Drones
Published in Michigan Bar Journal, December 2015

Seminars Taught
  • Co-Speaker, “To Settle or Not to Settle: Assessing Appraisals in Property Tax Litigation,” Michigan Townships Association Annual Convention, 2014
  • Co-Speaker, “Preserving Your Property Tax Base: How to Pick and Choose the Best Cases to Litigate in the Tax Tribunal,” Michigan Townships Association Annual Convention, 2015