As a partner in Zeughauser Group, Ron Beard advises the leaders of law firms and corporate legal departments on strategy and long-term vision, on prospective mergers and their effective integration, and on law firm management issues such as partner compensation systems and the importance of client service programs. He also is a frequent lecturer on these subjects, as well as on the topic of corporate governance.
During a 38-year tenure with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Ron developed keen insight into and experience with the leadership and management challenges facing international law firms. As Gibson Dunn's Chairman from 1991 until 2001 and as its Managing Partner from 1991 to1997, he garnered the respect of his partners as well as his industry peers for his impressive stewardship of Gibson during a period when its revenues grew from $250 to $550 million dollars. During his tenure as Chairman and Managing Partner, Ron raised Gibson Dunn's visibility in the marketplace and deepened its reputation for delivering outstanding client service.
While Ron guided Gibson Dunn's expansion and its steadily increasing profitability, he also practiced in the firm's Corporations Department, leading financing transactions of all types, including public offerings, private placements, venture capital transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and international joint venture and licensing arrangements.
Ron's ambidexterity as a leader and consensus builder and as a practicing lawyer informs his approach to consulting and makes him an invaluable counselor to the law firm leaders he advises.
Ron holds a B.A. degree in economics from Denison University and a law degree from Yale Law School. He recently stepped down as chair of Denison's Board of Trustees and formerly chaired the Steering Committee of the California Minority Council Program.
Additionally, he is a member of the Emeritus Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and serves on the boards of Callaway Golf, and Javo Beverage Companies, and on the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Ron is also a member of the Chancery Club and numerous other organizations.
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