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Joshua D. Beard

Grand Rapids MI

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Joshua D. Beard

Joshua D. Beard is a member of the firm’s energy, litigation, and local government practice groups.  Joshua concentrates his practice in energy and oil and gas law and aviation law, as well as general civil litigation in both state and federal courts and property tax litigation in the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  In the oil and gas industry, he has provided assistance to majors and independents on a variety of transactional and litigation matters, ranging from exploration and subsurface storage to condemnation and environmental compliance and remediation.  In the aviation industry, he has represented both buyers and sellers in aircraft purchase and sale transactions, and advised on regulatory enforcement issues.  Joshua received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  He is active in the community and currently serves on the Legal and Legislative Committee for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, on the Board of Directors for CDS Lakeshore Head Start as President and as Treasurer of the Aviation Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation
Aviation Law
Drone Law
Property Tax Litigation
Appellate Practice (Civil)
Municipal Law
Energy and Oil and Gas Law
Eminent Domain
Environmental Law

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

PUBLISHED WORK

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

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)

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