Peter C. Beard

Partner & Attorney
Attorney Peter Beard

Born in Springfield, Illinois, February 19, 1969. Peter grew up there and went to Springfield High School. Peter’s family roots are deep in Springfield and central Illinois, a heritage that includes a longstanding presence in the legal community. His great, great Grandfather, John C. Lanphier was a lawyer in private practice at Patton & Lanphier, whose own father, Charles H. Lanphier advised Lincoln rival Stephen A. Douglas as well as serving as the Circuit Clerk of Sangamon County. Today, Peter preserves that tradition in the law at Holley, Rosen and Beard serving clients in a wide range of legal affairs throughout central Illinois.

Peter received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1992 and his law degree in 1997 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He returned to Springfield after law school working as an Assistant States Attorney in the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office, and then as an Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General. Thereafter, Peter joined Holley, Rosen & Beard. Peter practices in many areas of law including personal injury, criminal law, DUI/traffic and driver’s license reinstatement cases, and general civil litigation. He is licensed in Illinois; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Claims/Vaccine Court.

Past Positions

  • Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office, Assistant States Attorney, 1997 to 1999
  • Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1999 to 2000


  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney’s Association
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC
  • The American Registry: America’s Most Honored Lawyers Top 5 percent 2020
  • Business Leaders & Professionals: Top 100 Registry 2020
  • High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell 2021
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2019 – 1 of 7 attorneys in Illinois recognized by peers for competency in Jurisprudence and
  • Reputation
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys State of Illinois 2015, 2019
  • American Institue of Legal Professionals: Lawyer of the Year 2021