Harry Bel


The Bell Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

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The founder of the firm, Harry F. Bell, Jr., received his B.S., cum laude, in Economics from West Virginia University in 1977, and is a 1980 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. After having worked as an Assistant Deputy Prosecutor in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Mr. Bell, a native of Charleston, joined the Charleston-based firm of Kay, Casto & Chaney, which later became Kay, Casto, Chaney, Love & Wise, in which he became a partner in 1987. While with Kay, Casto, Mr. Bell learned the civil litigation craft under the tutelage of John S. Haight, Esquire, a legendary West Virginia litigator. Mr. Bell left Kay, Casto in 1992 to form his own civil litigation practice, with the goal of providing personal and high-quality legal services to his clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, which included the incorporation of the most advanced technology available into his newly-formed law firm. A prominent, well-known West Virginia litigator in his own right, concentrating his practice in the representation of both businesses and individuals, prosecuting and defending civil actions with equal skill and fervor, Mr. Bell is also a trained and experienced mediator whose services are in demand throughout West Virginia. Mr. Bell is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Trial Lawyers of American and West Virginia, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, and an active supporter of West Virginia University.

Current Employment Position(s):

Litigation Percentage:
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

West Virginia, 1980

U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1980

U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1981

U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1982

West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1980

West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1977
B.S., Honors: Cum Laude , Major: Economics

Representative Clients:
American Family Insurance Group
AEGIS Insurance
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Global Aero/AAU
Lloyd’s of London
Loss Management Service/AVEMCO
Mack Trucks Inc.
Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc.
Mountaineer Gas Company
Southern Aviation Insurance Underwriters
Volkswagon of America
Volvo Trucks

Huntington Banks, West Virginia

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, Civil Litigation, Marshall University, 1982 – 1986
Instructor, Mediation Training, West Virginia State Bar, 1992
Instructor, Mediation Seminar, Charleston Chamber of Commerce, 1993
Speaker, Automotive Warranty & Product Liability Law

Honors and Awards:
Vice President, Marlyn E. Lugar Moot Trial Association, 1980 ñ 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships:
West Virginia State Bar, Past Chair and Vice Chairman, Lawyers
Professional Liability Insurance Committee
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute
West Virginia Alumni Association, Kanawha Valley Chapter, 1985 – 1987
Past President
Charleston Civic Center Board, 1989 – 1992
Past Chairman
West Virginia University Alumni Association, KV Chapter
Past President
Fireman’s Civil Service Committee, 1989 – 1992
Past Chairman
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
West Virginia Association of Trial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions:
Kay, Casto, Chaney & Associates, Partner, 1986 – 1993
Kay, Casto, Chaney, Love & Wise, Associate, 1981 – 1985
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Kanawha County, West Virginia, Assistant Deputy Prosecutor, 1980 ñ 1981

Ancillary Businesses:
Lobbying for West Virginia Association of Insurance Companies
Lobbying for Alliance of American Insurers
Mediator for West Virginia State Bar
Mediator for U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
Mediator for U.S. District Court, Western District West Virginia

Beta Gamma Sigma
Phi Delta Phi