J. Michael Bell

J. Michael Bell

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    811 Main Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002-6129 USA
    713.951.5816
    832.397.8164
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Mike Bell focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration. He has extensive expertise in handling disputes involving contracts, UCC, fraud, fiduciary duty, corporate and partnership duties, business torts, energy, lender liability, real estate, and insurance recovery.

Mike is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He is a member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).

Experience

  • Represented a NYSE corporation as lead trial counsel in a $50 million suit involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, business disparagement, and tortious interference; after a three-week federal court jury trial, a judgment was entered in favor of our client on all issues

  • Represented financial assets manager and broker-dealer as lead trial counsel in $10 million suit involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty; after a three-week jury trial in Harris County state court, a verdict was returned in favor of our client on all issues

  • Represented a Houston lending institution as lead trial counsel in a $10 million suit involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, lender liability, and breach of contract; after a four-week jury trial in federal court, a verdict was returned in favor of the lending institution

  • Represented a NYSE corporation as lead trial counsel in a $70 million suit involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference in connection with an offshore oil refinery; after discovery and pre-trial motions, the case was settled favorably for our client

  • Represented a Houston financing specialist as lead trial counsel in a $3 million suit involving claims of breach of contract and fraud in a real estate financing transaction; after an arbitration in California, an award was entered denying all recovery

  • Represented a Houston law firm as defendant as lead trial counsel in a $5 million legal malpractice suit involving claims of negligence in a series of real estate transactions; after discovery and pre-trial motions, the case was settled favorably for our client

  • Represented a former CEO as defendant in a multimillion-dollar suit involving claims of usurpation of corporate opportunity and breach of fiduciary duty; after discovery and pre-trial motions, case was settled favorably for our client

  • Represented a creditors' trust as plaintiff in California state court and in a parallel arbitration proceeding in claims based upon corporate insurance policies; obtained multimillion-dollar insurance recovery for our client

  • Represented a group of banks as defendant in a lender liability suit brought by borrower seeking damages in excess of $20 million; settled favorably for our client

  • Represented a steel distributor as defendant in a claim seeking in excess of $15 million based upon a contract to purchase steel; settled favorably for our client

  • Represented a Brazilian company as plaintiff in a New York arbitration proceeding involving a multimillion-dollar claim against a Singapore company for breach of an ethanol supply contract; settled favorably for our client

  • Represented an oil and gas operator as plaintiff in suit claiming breach of contract and negligence by well servicing company; after a two-week trial, judgment of approximately $2.5 million entered in favor of our client

  • Represented a financial advisory firm as lead trial counsel in a $5 million breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and breach of contract suit involving claims of asset mismanagement; after a three-week jury trial, a verdict was returned in our clients' favor on all issues

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendant); 2007-2018

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2008-2011

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Litigation Section

  • Member, Houston Bar Association

  • Vestry, Christ Church Cathedral

  • Chairman, Southampton Civil Club Legal Restrictions Committee