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Alexander N. Beard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in McKinney, TX

Saunders, Walsh & Beard
6850 TPC Dr, Suite 210
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 214-919-3555
Fax: 214-945-4060
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Appellate
Attorney Profile

A partner at Saunders, Walsh & Beard, Alexander N. Beard focuses his practice primarily on insurance coverage issues and related litigation. From the firm's offices in McKinney, Texas, he provides representation to individual and business clients throughout Collin County and other parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Admitted to practice in Texas since 1989, Mr. Beard is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Beard's client base includes people and businesses who have different types of liability insurance coverage, including motor vehicle, property damage, and commercial general liability, and whose insurers have failed to perform their duties under the relevant policies. His experience has included bad faith denials, Stowers demands and other duty to defend cases, indemnification, reservations of rights, and declaratory judgments. Mr. Beard has also worked on matters governed by the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and he has handled general business disputes as well. His successful track record in all of these endeavors has led to a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Beard attended Clemson University, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. He then pursued his legal education at Tulane University Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988. A member of the Collin County Bar Association and other legal organizations, Mr. Beard is also a member of the board of directors of Hugs Cafe, Inc., a nonprofit organization that is devoted to helping adults who have special needs.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Insurance Coverage
  • 50%Appellate
Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Appeals


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Alexander N. Beard

First Admitted: 1989, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 1989 – State Bar of Texas (Licensed in all Texas State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Presented continuing legal education speech to Civil Appellate/Litigation Section of Collin County Bar Association, entitled "Making the Most of Your Clients' Insurance." , 2019


  • Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • SuperLawyer Selectee, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Hugs Cafe, and cooking Cajun food.
  • Board of Directors, Hugs Cafe, Inc., a Texas non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of adults with special needs through training and employment.   

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Lancer Ins. Co. v. Garcia Holiday Tours, 345 S.W.3d 50 (Tex. 2011)
  • Moki Mac River Expeditions v. Drugg, 221 S.W.3d 569 (Tex. 2007)
  • Utica Nat’l Ins. Co. v. American Indemn. Co., 141 S.W.3d 198 (Tex. 2004)
  • Jenkins v. State & County Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 287 S.W.3d 891 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth 2009, pet. denied)
  • Collin Central Appraisal District v. Collin Creek Mall, LLC, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 13399 (Tex. App. – Dallas Dec. 15, 2014, no pet.)
  • Bob Montgomery Chevrolet, Inc. v. Dent Zone Cos., 409 S.W.3d 181 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet.)
  • In re State Auto Property & Cas. Ins. Co., 348 S.W.3d 499 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, orig. proceeding)
  • Victorious in Bob Montgomery Chevrolet, Inc. v. Dent Zone Cos., 409 S.W.3d 181 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2013)  , 2013
  • Olympia Capital Associates, L.P. v. Jackson, 247 S.W.3d 399 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2008, no pet.)
  • Schievink v. Wendylou Ranch, 227 S.W.3d 862 (Tex. App. – Eastland 2007, pet. denied)
  • Blanton v. Vesta Lloyds Ins. Co., 185 S.W.3d 607 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2006, no pet.)
  • Victorious in Bilbrey v. Williams, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 2359 (Tex. App. - Fort Worth May 12, 2015) , 2015
  • Victorious in North Texas Municipal Water District v. Ball, 466 S.W.3d 314 (Tex. App. - Dallas 2015, no pet.)  , 2015
  • Victorious in Zaan, LLC v. Sangani, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 5133 (Tex. App. - Dallas, May 20, 2015)  , 2015
  • Victorious in North Texas Municipal Water District v. Jinright, No. 05-18-00152-CV in Dallas Court of Appeals, 2018

Representative Clients

  • Collin Central Appraisal District North Texas Municipal Water District  

Educational Background

  • B.A. Clemson University, 1985

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Public Entities
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Office Location for Alexander N. Beard

6850 TPC Dr
Suite 210
McKinney, TX 75070

Phone: 214-919-3555

Fax: 214-945-4060

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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