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Michael M. Bell, Esquire

MBell@bellroperlaw.com

Michael Bell tried his first lawsuit the day after he was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1983. While practicing in Delaware, Mr. Bell was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and obtained an LLM in Taxation from Villanova University. Four months after his admission to the Delaware Bar, Mr. Bell argued In the Matter of C.S., 498 A.2d 1095 (Del. 1984) before the Delaware Supreme Court.

In 1986, Mr. Bell returned to Florida after his admission to the Florida Bar. Mr. Bell was certified by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in 1990, one of the youngest lawyers to obtain that distinction. Mr. Bell was recertified as a Board Certified Trial Lawyer in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015.

In 1996 Mr. Bell cofounded the firm of Bell & Roper, P.A., an AV rated law firm.

Mr. Bell has tried jury trials in twenty of Florida’s sixty seven counties. Mr. Bell has also tried jury trials in the United States District Court, for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Bell has represented clients in Appeals before all five of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Bell argued several significant appeals at the Florida Supreme Court: McLeod v. Continental Insurance Company, 591 So.2d 641 (Fla. 1992) and Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Company v. Tepper, 2 So.3d 209 (Fla. 2009).

In 2011 Mr. Bell was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, a select organization of Plaintiff and Defense Trial Lawyers whose selection process is by substantial trial qualification.

Mr. Bell was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

See Reported Cases for a list of Mr. Bell's reported opinions.


Reported Cases

In the Matter of C.S., 498 A.2d 1095 (Del. 1984)

Topper v. Topper, 494 A.2d 150 (Del. 1985)

Gast v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 516 So. 2d 112 (5th DCA 1987)

Herring v. Cherokee Ins. Co., 518 So. 2d 1283 (5th DCA 1987)

Thibodeau v. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Co., 522 So. 2d 406 (5th DCA 1987)

Humana of Florida, Inc. V. Evans, 519 So.2d 1022 (5th DCA 1988)

McCullough v. Central Florida YMCA, 523 So.2d 1208 (5th DCA 1988)

Watson v. Honey and Cotton, Inc., 531 So. 2d 1360 (5th DCA 1988)

Shearer v. Central Florida YMCA, 546 So.2d 1050 (Fla. 1989)

Orange Co. V. Paul N. Howard Co., 538 So. 2d 1272 (5th DCA 1989)

Eiler v. Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., 542 So.2d 441 (5th DCA 1989)

International Bankers Insurance Company v. Snappy Car Rental, 553 So.2d 740 (5th DCA 1989)

Shearer v. Central Florida YMCA, 546 So.2d 1050 (Fla. 1989)

Jenkins v. Humana of Florida, Inc., 553 So.2d 201 (5th DCA 1989)

Silver v. Seminole County, 564 So. 2d 1101 (5th DCA 1989)

Jenkins v. Humana of Florida Inc., 563 So.2d 632 (Fla. 1990)

Kornaker v. Payor, 565 So.2d 899 (5th DCA 1990)

McLeod v. Continental Insurance Company, 573 So.2d 864 (2nd DCA 1990)

Eiler v. Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 583 So. 2d 1086 (5th DCA 1991)

Southeastern Income Properties v. Terrell, 587 So.2d 670 (5th DCA 1991)

McLeod v. Continental Insurance Company, 591 So.2d 621 (Fla. 1992)

Eiler v. Paul N. Howard Co., 591 So. 2d 641 (5th DCA 1991)

Eiler v. Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 592 So. 2d 680 (Fla. 1991)

DeWitt Excavating, Inc. V. City of Apopka, et al, 592 So. 2d 1097(5th DCA 1991)

Eiler v. Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 594 So. 2d 753 (5th DCA 1992)

Cheung v. Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., 595 So.2d 82 (5th DCA 1992)

Pleuss-Staufer Industries, Inc. V. Rollason Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc., 597 So.2d 957 (5th DCA 1992); Reh. Den. 606 So.2d 116 (Fla. 1992)

Rollason v. Pleuss-Staufer, 606 So. 2d 1166 (Fla. 1992)

Mervar v. Quik Print of Orlando, 627 So.2d 491 (5th DCA 1993)

Keenan v. Oshman Sporting Goods Co., 629 So.2d 210 (5th DCA 1994)

Bohne v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Ins. Co., 634 So. 2d 637 (5th DCA 1993)

Pleuss-Staufer Industries, Inc. V. Rollason Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc., 635 So.2d 1070 (5th DCA 1994)

Petrysian v. Metropolitan, 645 So.2d 603 (5th DCA 1994)

Muraca v. Metropolitan, 649 So. 2d 249 (5th DCA 1995)

Petrysian v. Metropolitan, 672 So.2d 562 (5th DCA, 1996)

Petrysian v. Metropolitan, 678 So. 2d 1287 (Fla. 1996)

Paul N. Howard Co. v. Ed Waters Construction Co., 688 So.2d 933 (5th DCA 1997)

Paul N. Howard Co. v. Kern-Affholder Co., 701 So.2d 402 (5th DCA 1997)

National Union Fire Insurance Company v. James D. Salter, Individually and James D. Salter, P.A., et al, 717 So. 2d 141 (5th DCA 1998)

Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc. v. Paul N. Howard Company, 721 So. 2d 1254 (5th DCA 1998)

National Union Fire Insurance Co. v. Salter, 727 So. 2d 908 (Fla. 1999)

Paul N. Howard Co. v Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 733 So. 2d 516 (Fla. 1999)

Cooley v. Pheasant Run at Rosemont, 781 So. 2d 1182 (5th DCA 2001)

Edelman v. Yemma, 802 So. 2d 358 (5th DCA 2001)

Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., et al v. Paul N. Howard Company, 853 So. 2d 1072(5th DCA 2003)

Hahn v. Medeiros, 858 So. 2d 1242 (5th DCA 2003)

Hahn v. Medeiros, 879 So. 2d 621 (Fla. 2004)

Paul N. Howard Co. v. Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 884 So. 2d 33 (Fla. 2004)

Paul N. Howard Co v. Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc., 938 So. 2d 638 (5th DCA 2006)

Metropolitan Casualty Ins. Co. v. Tepper, 969 So. 2d 403 (Fla. 5th DCA 2007)

Metropolitan Casualty Ins. Co. v. Tepper, 980 So. 2d 490 (Fla. 2008)

Metropolitan Casualty Ins. Co. v. Tepper, 2 So. 3d 209 (Fla. 2009)

Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc. v. Paul N. Howard Co., 35 So. 3d 37 (5th DCA 2010)

Dickson v. Economy Premier Assurance Co., 36 So. 3d 789 (5th DCA 2010)

Ruddy v. Carelli & Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Company, 54 So.3d 1055 (5 th DCA 2011)

Allen v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company, 56 So. 3d 17(5th DCA 2011)

Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc. v. Paul N. Howard Co., 109 So. 3d 780 (Fla. 2013)

Accardi v. EMS Aviation, Inc., 475 Fed. Appx. 744 (11th Cir. Ct. App, 2012)

Martin. Sun Kool Air Conditioning, Inc., 117 So. 3d 429 (5th DCA 2013)

Palm Ridge, LLC v. Emmett Sapp Builders, Inc., 5D-14-706

Fiorini v. City Brewing Co., LLC, 231 Cal. App. 4th 306 (2014)

Metropolitan Casualty Ins. Co. v. Pelletier, 178 So. 3d 927 (5th DCA 2015)





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