Michael K. Beard

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.
Michael K. Beard
Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Business litigation, Insurance coverage; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1980

Education: Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2022

Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C.

800 Shades Creek Parkway
Suite 600-D
Birmingham, AL 35209 Visit website


Michael (Mike) K. Beard is a partner with Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm focusing on plaintiff's personal injury litigation, business litigation and insurance disputes. Mike's own practice centers on product liability, business and medical-related torts and on insurance fraud and insurance bad faith claims.

Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law in 1980. While in law school, he was elected to the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and Curia Honoris society. Mike is currently an active member of the Alabama Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Birmingham, Alabama, State and American Bar Associations. He has also been listed in the last two editions of Woodward & White's “Best Lawyers in America” publication, and is the author of the article "The Impact of Changes in the Health Care Provider Reimbursement Systems on the Recovery of Damages for Medical Expenses in Personal Injury Suits," published in the spring 1998 issue of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy and co-author of "Arbitrary Healthcare Pricing and the Misuse of Hospital Lien Statutes by Healthcare Providers," published in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Montgomery Office

445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 4050
Montgomery, AL 36104

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Business litigation, Insurance coverage, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Informed consent, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Bad faith insurance, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 20% Insurance coverage
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1980, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.mrblaw.com/attorney/beard-michael-k/

  • Burn Injuries – Confidential Settlement in Cleburne County, Alabama: Mike Beard represented a Heflin man who suffered terrible burn injuries mostly to his legs when his clothing ignited after he came too close to a propane tank top heater. Our client was wearing insulated coveralls in his workshop and didn’t feel the heat until his clothing was on fire. Mike argued that the heater was defective because the wire guard is really no guard at all. In fact, the temperatures at the guard are so high that any contact or near contact will result in immediate burns or ignition of clothing or other materials. The maker of the heater never considered an alternative guard and blamed our client for causing his own injuries.
  • Machinery Case – Confidential Settlement In Madison County, Alabama: Mike Beard and Derrick Mills settled a case on behalf of a man who lost his leg from an on-the-job injury. At the time, the client was working for a contractor that provided paper-shredding services for various agencies of the federal government. The shredder he used was so large that it was mounted to a flatbed trailer. It was also brand new, but it literally came apart while it was operating; large pieces of fan blades struck the client’s right leg, which later had to be amputated.
  • Trade Secrets – Confidential Settlement In Birmingham Federal Court: Mike Beard, Rip Andrews, Derrick Mills, David Marsh and Jane Mauzy settled an intellectual property case for an Alabama-based small business against a national corporation recognized as one of the world’s largest makers and suppliers of professional audio equipment. The Alabama business came up with a unique design for a wakeboard tower speaker. The allegation was that the national corporation wrongfully used the design in violation of a confidentiality agreement entered into between the parties. Once its trade secret was misappropriated, the Alabama business found it impossible to exercise its ownership rights and locate a new manufacturer capable of bringing the product to market. As a result, the Alabama business was forced to file a lawsuit in order to recover the value of the trade secret and right this wrong.
  • Construction Site Fall/Wrongful Death – Baldwin County, Alabama: Mike Beard settled a case for the family of an immigrant who died while working on a crew of day laborers who were framing a house under construction in Baldwin County. On the day he died, the laborer was standing on the top plates of the wall framing, erecting the last few trusses. The trusses started to collapse like dominos and he was thrown to the ground, where he suffered a fatal head injury. The collapse occurred because the temporary bracing that was required by the plans, specifications and city codes was not installed. Also our client was not provided with platforms to stand on or fall protection equipment as required by OSHA. Our client had worked in the flooring trade before this but he had no experience working above ground. The case was brought against the owner, developer and general contractor, who were one and the same for the construction of all houses within this subdivision, and showed a total disregard for worker safety.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Transportation Law, 2007 - Present
Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, B.S., 1977
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alabama, 1980
  • Member, Executive Committee, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
  • Member, Alabama State Bar
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1981
  • Member, American Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The Impact of Changes in Health Care Provider Reimbursement Systems on The Recovery of Damages For Medical Expenses in Personal Injury Suits, 21 Am. J. Trial Adv. 453, Spring, 1998
  • Who Is a Proper Defendant Under the "Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine?", 40 Alabama Lawyer 359, July, 1979
  • Arbitrary Healthcare Pricing and the Misuse of Hospital Lien Statutes by Healthcare Providers, 38 Am. J. Trial Adv. 2, Fall, Co-Author, 2014

Office location for Michael K. Beard

800 Shades Creek Parkway
Suite 600-D
Birmingham, AL 35209

Phone: 205-558-0670


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  • Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2022

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