Lloyd Bell, founder of Bell Law Firm, is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in over 75 jury trials across the United States. He has obtained dozens of record verdicts and settlements for his clients including:
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lloyd began his legal career as a Captain in the US Army JAG Corps representing soldiers.Â After leaving the JAG Corps, Lloyd worked for three years as an insurance defense attorney, learning the ins and outs of what is now his primary opposition. He then founded Bell Law Firm in 1999, and has dedicated his practice exclusively to the representation of the seriously injured.
Where Lloyd truly shines is in the courtroom. He has tried over 75Â jury trials in courtrooms around the country, and is known for passionate, fearless advocacy that consistently results in favorable verdicts for his clients.
Lloyd has been recognized in the community as one of the leading trial lawyers in Georgia. Â He has been selected by Atlanta Magazine as a â€œSuper Lawyerâ€? in the area of Plaintiffâ€™s Personal Injury every year since 2005. In addition, Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized Lloyd as a member of Georgiaâ€™s â€œLegal Eliteâ€? every year since 2009. And since 2005, he has enjoyed the coveted â€œAVâ€? rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating a lawyer can receive, reflecting superior legal skill and the highest ethical standards.
In addition to proven trial skills, Lloyd also brings to the courtroom a strong science background, which allows him to help jurors understand complex medical issues. Lloyd graduated,Â with distinction,Â with a degree in biology, and upon graduation, he was honored for achieving the second highest grade point average in his major. His science background serves him well in helping juries understand the sometimes-complex medical issues involved in traumatic injury cases.
An Atlanta native, Lloyd is a 1985 high school graduate of The Lovett School, a 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute,Â with distinction,Â and a 1992 graduate of Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar that same year.
While a law student at Mercer, Lloyd was selected to the Board of the prestigious American Bar Association Moot Court Team, where he competed against other law students from around the Southeast. He was also a finalist in the â€œBest Advocateâ€? oral argument competition. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, formerly â€œATLAâ€?. Â Lloyd served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1997-2003, and received an honorable discharge after achieving the rank of Major.
â€œI enjoy fighting for the underdog,â€?Â says Lloyd.Â â€œHaving worked for insurance defense firms early in my career, I understand the vast resources that insurance companies spend to fight legitimate claims. People who are seriously injured by the carelessness of others need the best possible representation from experienced lawyers who are not afraid to take on the Goliaths in the insurance world.â€?
â€œI have a compelling drive to not just fight hard for my clients, but also to win their cases and ensure they are fairly compensated for their injuries,â€?Â he continues.Â â€œI enjoy getting to truly know and understand my clients. Only by spending the time to understand the hardships our clients face after suffering a brain or spinal cord injury can we be in a position to help a jury understand and reach a fair verdict.â€?
LECTURES:2014,Â â€œCamera, Lights, Action!Â What Scorsee and Spielberg Teach Us About Winning at Trial,â€?Â Auto Torts Seminar, Amelia Island, Florida.Â 2012,Â â€œUsing Visual Imagery to Arouse the Juryâ€™s Reptile,â€?Â 2012 Reptile Masters Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia.
2011,Â â€œLooking Behind the Curtain: Discovering the Claims Fileâ€?,Â GTLA Auto Torts, Destin, Florida.
2010,Â â€œTactics and Techniques for Recovering Against Trucking Companiesâ€?, GTLA Torts Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia.
2008,Â â€œRecovering Attorneys Fees from Defendants In Tort Casesâ€?Â Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
2007,Â â€œWinning Attorneys Fees from the Stubborn and the Litigiousâ€?,Â Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
2005,Â â€œTrial Tips and Tactics â€“ Lessons Learned at Trialâ€?, GTLA Continuing Legal Education Seminar.
2004, Insurance and Tort Law Seminar, St. Simons, Georgia. Topic:Â Trial Strategies for Obtaining Attorneys Fees pursuant to O.C.G.A. Â§ 13-6-11, due to unscrupulous defense litigation tactics.
2004, Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association â€“ Topic:Â â€œMaximizing Client Verdicts in the aftermath of Daniel v. Smithâ€?.
ACTIVITIES, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Judge/Evaluator, Georgia and National Mock Trial Competitions,Â 1994-1996
U.S. Army Reservist,Â 1997-2003.
1999-presentÂ BELL LAW FIRM Partner, Founder, Trial Lawyer Practicing in the area of plaintiffs personal injury with a focus on brain and spinal cord injuries.
1998-1999Â SWIFT, CURRIE, MCGHEE & HIERS, LLP Associate Insurance Defense Practicing in the area of general civil litigation with a focus on property insurance defense, insurance coverage and liability.
1996-1998Â BLASINGAME, BURCH, GARRARD, BRYANT AND ASHLEY, LLP Associate Insurance Defense Practicing in the areas of general insurance defense including medical malpractice defense, automobile collisions, trucking and slip and fall cases.
1992-1996Â U.S. ARMY JAG CORPS, TRIAL DEFENSE SERVICES Captain: Trial Counsel Served initially as a prosecutor in all types of cases ranging from DUIâ€™s to first degree felonies. After three years as a prosecutor, selected to serve as a Trial Defense Counsel on the West Coast representing soldiers accused of all variety of crimes.
1989-92Â MERCER UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL Juris Doctorate Member, American Bar Association Moot Court Team; Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Law. Finalist, Trial Advocacy Competition.
1985-89:Â VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE With Distinction, BA Biology.