Daniel J. Beard

  • Partner, 1982
Jacksonville, IL

Daniel J. Beard graduated from Eastern Illinois University (B.A. in History, with High Honors, 1976) and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law (1979). While in law school, he clerked with the Urbana, Illinois firm of Webber, Balbach & Thies, and later Webber & Thies. Upon graduation, he began the practice of law in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1979 with the law firm Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti & Bone, and became a partner in the reorganized firm Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti & Beard in 1982. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and is admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for Central Illinois, which includes the Bankruptcy Court for that District.

Mr. Beard concentrates his practice in real estate, estate planning, estate and trust administration, business and commercial law, banking law, education law, tax law, and municipal law.

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Law
  • Banking Law
  • Education Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Tax Law
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning

Litigation Percentage

10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 1979
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
    • Major: History

Representative Clients

  • City of Jacksonville (City Attorney 1993 - Present)
  • MacMurray College
  • US Bank (Local Counsel)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Morgan County Bar Association, Member and Past President
  • Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, Assistant Secretary

Past Employment Positions

  • Webber, Balbach &Thies, Urbana, Illinois, Clerk
  • Webber &Thies, Clerk
  • Bellatti, Fay, Bellatti & Bone, Partner, 1979 to 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Routt Catholic High School Education Foundation, Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation, Legal Counsel
  • Routt Catholic High School, Legal Counsel