Michael M. Bell
Managing Partner
Michael Bell was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1983, the Pennsylvania Bar in 1984, and the Florida Bar in 1985 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida including Trial Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Bell received his B.A. in 1980 from Florida State University, his J.D. in 1983 from Delaware Law School, and his LLM Taxation in 1985 from Villanova University. While attending Delaware Law School, he served as a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

He is currently a member of the Orange County, Delaware State, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations, The Florida Bar, Defense Research Institute, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Certification, and Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy.

EDUCATION

  • Villanova University School of Law, L.L.M., 1985
  • Delaware Law School, J.D., 1983
  • Florida State University, B.S., Economics, 1980, cum laude

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Bodily Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurer Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability

SELECTED HONORS & RECOGNITION

  • “AV” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • The Best Lawyers of America

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Florida
  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Catastrophic, bodily injury claim at a construction site. Precedent setting decision regarding contractual indemnity. Defense verdict rendered in multiple trials, argued numerous appeals to the 5th District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. Paul N. Howard Co. v. Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., 109 So. 3d 780 (Fla. 2013).
  • Precedent setting decision relating to the proper parties in an uninsured motorist case. Argued to the 5th District Court of Appeal and Florida Supreme Court. Metropolitan Cas. Ins. Co. v. Tepper, 980 So. 2d 490 (2008).
  • Precedent setting case concerning the appropriate measure of damages in first party bad faith cases, argued to 5th District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.  McLeod v. Continental Ins. Co., 591 So. 2d 621 (Fla. 1991).
  • Precedent setting case concerning to the right to counsel in a termination of parental rights. Argued to the Delaware Supreme Court.  In The Matter of CS, 498 A. 2d 1095 (Del. 1984).

A complete list of Mr. Bell’s reported cases is available upon request.