Bell Files For Superior Court Under New District 26C
The North Carolina General Assembly recently split Mecklenburg County into 8 subdistricts per Senate Bill 757 (image of map attached). Senators Jeff Tarte and Dan Bishop introduced this bill in an effort to get representation on the bench that was equitable and reflective of the political party breakdown in Mecklenburg County.
Under the new 26C District, only the people that reside in the light blue section of the map will be able to vote and elect Bell. Formerly, Judge Eric Levinson, a republican, held this seat, but Judge Levinson is not running in 2018, and therefore Bell filed for the vacancy. No primary will be held and judges will run with party affiliations attached to their names; a change from previous elections where judicial candidates ran non-partisan. Bell, a registered republican like Judge Levinson, faces two democrats in the general election on November 6, 2018.
Bell said, "I am looking forward to an exciting race and am honored for the opportunity to serve our State with integrity, honesty, and fairness." Bell, 40, is married to his law school sweetheart, Hannah, and they have three children ages 12, 9, and 7. Bell and his wife own and operate Bell & Bell Law Firm in downtown Huntersville.
Bell has been primarily a criminal defense lawyer handling over 30,000 cases over approximately 15 years. Bell has tried multiple jury trials, handled serious felonies and misdemeanor cases. Bell's favorite area of law is 4th Amendment law. He loves it.
Bell has filed multiple civil law suits in Superior Court involving mainly real estate disputes. In addition, Bell has experience with personal injury cases and has successfully settled several negligence suits with insurance companies.
Before entering the practice as a criminal defense attorney, Bell handled residential real estate closings and title matters. Bell is very familiar with deeds of trust, contract law, financing, HUD-1 statements, title searches, negotiations, and real property disputes.
In District Court, Bell has successfully sought protective orders for his clients facing domestic abuse, modified child custody and child support, drafted separation agreements and consent orders and facilitated settlement negotiations.
In 2003, after graduating from law school, Bell's first job was clerking for the Honorable David F. Pugh, Circuit Court Judge in Newport News, VA. Bell briefed cases involving complex asbestos litigation, complex business litigation, murder, rape, and serious sexual assaults.
Court of appeals
Bell successfully won a case at the Court of Appeals level involving an issue where a plaintiff was attempting to serve his wife with divorce proceeding by publishing an advertisement in the newspaper. The Court of Appeals agreed with Bell's argument and the opinion is now precedent and the law in North Carolina.
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