Mr. Bell is a leading advisor to national financial institutions seeking non-organic growth, strategic advice and class action defense.
Mr. Bell concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers
and acquisitions, strategic planning, class action defense strategies, business
law and real estate. He represents financial institutions including state and
federally chartered credit unions throughout the United States. Mr. Bell additionally
advises financial institutions regarding all regulatory matters with state and
federal regulators. He has created new
mechanisms for financial institutions to invest capital and grow. In 2011, Mr. Bell completed the first ever
purchase of a bank by a credit union. In 2012, he completed the first ever
purchase of a stock owned bank by a credit union and in 2013, he completed the
first ever purchase of a bank by a state chartered credit union. Mr. Bell
continues advising credit unions in this area and has completed every credit
union purchase of a bank to date. Recently he has helped credit unions acquire other businesses including
real estate brokerages, mortgage originators and specialized lenders. He is a “go-to” legal advisor in this
Mr. Bell has extensive experience counseling individual
entrepreneurs through publicly traded companies on strategies such as growth in
difficult economic climates, business restructuring, and strategic planning. In
order to provide the very best legal and strategic advice, he works to fully
understand each individual client and the inner workings of his or her
business. Mr. Bell uses his personal experience as an entrepreneur to examine
the business side of the legal issues his clients encounter.
received his J.D., with honors, from Valparaiso University School of Law in
2003 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Adrian College in 2000. He is
licensed to practice in the States of Michigan and Indiana and before the U.S.
District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the
Northern District of Indiana. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Bell is
an active entrepreneur and is involved in multiple ventures including the
development of commercial office space, the area development of a franchise
restaurant and, multi-state development of a quick service franchise.