Royal Oak, Michigan, February
28, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael M. Bell has been named a 2017
“Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
He was one of 30 chosen from dozens of nominations. The 2017 Leaders
are attorneys who are changing the law, expanding access to justice and
improving the profession and their communities. They are the lawyers in
Michigan setting the example for other lawyers. For more information on the
Class of 2017, please visit: http://milawyersweekly.com/leaders-in-the-law/.
Mr. Bell is a leading advisor to
national financial institutions seeking non-organic growth, strategic advice
and class action defense. He 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 area.
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.
Mr. Bell 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.
Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is
a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services
to businesses and business owners. The firm has
offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria);
Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Howard & Howard’s
major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and
corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning;
franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers
and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with
a solid understanding of the industries we serve,
including, automotive and industrial; commodity futures; construction; energy
and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality.
For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.
- Stacey M. Parzuchowski
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067