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.
About Howard & Howard
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.