Michael A. Bell


Inland Empire Office

Phone: 951-275-9192


Mr. Bell joined the Inland Empire office of La Follette Johnson in 2005. He has been a trial lawyer throughout his professional career and has tried nearly 200 cases including jury trials, non-jury trials, and binding arbitrations. He has tried in excess of 100 civil jury trials including numerous motor vehicle cases, many medical malpractice cases, premises liability cases, and federal civil rights cases.

Mr. Bell began the practice of law in 1964 with Farmers Insurance Group’s house counsel law firm, Early, Maslach, Foran & Williams in Los Angeles, California. He then started his own firm, Fidler & Bell, that later changed to Fidler, Bell, Orrock & Watase, and then Bell, Orrock & Watase. In 1976 he opened Fidler & Bell’s office in Riverside, California, where he remained until joining La Follette Johnson.

Mr. Bell became a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) with the rank of Advocate in 1973 and is past president of the San Bernardino-Riverside Chapter of ABOTA. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, and the Riverside County Bar Association. He has been appellate counsel in cases in both the California Court of Appeal (see Williams v. Braslow, (1986) 179 Cal.App.3d 762; 224 Cal.Rptr.895), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and on one occasion he appeared before the United Sates Supreme Court in McLaughlin v. County of Riverside, 500 U.S. 44 (1991).

Mr. Bell is admitted to the California State Bar, the Nevada State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar. He is also admitted before the United States District Courts for the Northern, the Eastern, the Central and the Southern Districts of California and to the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. He is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Bell attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Loyola University, now Loyola Marymount University. After completing his junior year of training at Loyola, he entered law school and received his LL.B. from Loyola Law School in 1962.

Mr. Bell was born on January 11, 1936, in San Diego, California. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1965 with the rank of Corporal, E-4. Mr. Bell is an airplane pilot and holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating. He has flown various airplanes, and for several years flew his own open cockpit bi-plane, a Boeing PT-17, commonly known as a “Stearman.” Mr. Bell has been interested in automobiles all his life and has re-built some cars, including a 1956 Chevrolet 210 hardtop with a “built” 350 cubic inch engine, and a 513 posi-traction rear end. He also restored a 1969 Z-28 Camaro with a genuine 302 Cubic inch engine. Although he still works on cars, his days of owning and driving fast cars is past.

He and his wife Barbara Bell have been married since 1991 and reside in Yucaipa, California. Mr. Bell has one adult daughter, and five adult sons, from his first marriage, and an adult step-son, and an adult step-daughter, as a result of his second marriage. He has 14 grandchildren.