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James Bell

Founder & Trial Attorney

Obtained the largest verdict in the United States in 2017 and the ninth (9th) largest verdict in United States history against JPMorgan Chase Bank for in excess of $6,000,000,000 (6 Billion Dollars) for malice, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and gross negligence

Super Lawyer; Best Personal Injury Attorney; Top Verdict 2015; Top Verdict 2017; National Litigator of the Week; The National Law Journal, Number 1, Top 100 Verdicts 2017; Top 100 Verdicts of 2017, Number 1; Instructor, Trial by Human

Served as lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. Substantial litigation experience in healthcare disputes (Stark, Anti-Kickback, and False Claims, Prompt Pay); Qui Tam litigation; white collar criminal defense; catastrophic injury; ERISA; business fraud; bankruptcy; professional negligence/malpractice; oil & gas; complex securities disputes; divorce; child custody; and real estate fraud cases.

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • Juris Doctor, 2005
  • Cum Laude; Top 15%; Dean’s List; Moot Court

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 2001
  • Graduated with Honors; Athlete, SMU NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis; Recipient, Southern Methodist University Scholarship, James Holland Scholarship, W.R. Nicholson Scholarship, and the Southern Methodist University Student Senate Scholarship

Loyola High School (All-Boys Jesuit College Preparatory), Los Angeles, California

  • Graduated with Honors; Mission League Most Valuable Player; ALL-CIF

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of Texas; State of California; State of New York; United States Supreme Court; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

REPRESENTATIVE LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained the largest verdict in the United States in 2017 and the ninth (9th) largest verdict in United States history. Served as lead trial counsel for beneficiaries and estate in a fraud/breach of fiduciary duty case against JPMorgan Chase Bank. Obtained over a $6,000,000,000 ($6 BILLION) verdict for malice, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and gross negligence against JPMorgan Chase Bank.
  • Served as lead counsel for pharmaceutical company against TWINMED during arbitration in $10 million defense case. Won case for the defendant.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for medical center. Obtained a substantial jury verdict plus prevailing party attorney’s fees against Hospital.
  • Obtained $50 million settlement for Client arising from a confidential dispute.
  • Served as counsel in federal firearms case. Won a Motion to Suppress in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Opinion can be found at the following: http://jamesbellpc.com/wp- content/uploads/2017/08/Criminal-Defense-LawyerDallas-Motion-To-Suppress-Granted.pdf
  • Served as lead trial counsel for physician. Obtained a substantial jury verdict.
  • Successfully served as lead counsel in Qui Tam healthcare lawsuit. Obtained dismissal for Clients.
  • Successfully defended company in Fraud Investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Case resulted in no civil and no criminal liability.
  • Successfully defended physician in Fraud Investigation brought by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Client kept his medical license and investigation resulted in no civil and no criminal liability.
  • Successfully defended car dealer in multiple count bank fraud investigation brought by the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (Criminal Investigation Division). Client received probation after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
  • Successfully defended car dealership in investigation brought by the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (Criminal Investigation Division). Investigation resulted in no civil and no criminal liability.
  • Successfully defended chiropractor in Fraud Investigation brought by the Department of Justice. Client kept his chiropractor license and investigation resulted in no civil and no criminal liability.
  • Served as lead counsel for Clients against their former law firm. Case settled for $995,000.00. Served as lead counsel for lawyer in malpractice case. Obtained dismissal with prejudice.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in $50,000,000 dispute. Obtained multiple summary judgments and resolved dispute in favor of Client.
  • Served as lead counsel for toxicology lab against law firm for malpractice. Case settled for policy limits. Served as lead defense counsel for Client in Collin County, Texas. Case dismissed on the first day of trial immediately after Voir Dire.
  • Served as lead defense counsel in STD transmission. Evidence proved that Plaintiff was transferee. Case settled very favorably for Client.
  • Served as lead counsel for surgeon against former partners for breach of fiduciary duty. Obtained $1,100,000.00 cash settlement.
  • Served as lead counsel against toxicology laboratory for failure to make distributions. Obtained multi- million settlement for Client.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for pharmacy. Obtained a $4.15 million fraud judgment against publicly traded company for stealing insurance and federally funded prescription reimbursements.
  • Served as lead trial for high-profile lawyer against the Texas Commission for Lawyers Discipline. Grievance dismissed.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for long-term healthcare company against medical physician. Obtained a substantial jury verdict against physician for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Served as lead counsel for businessman in week-long arbitration. Obtained arbitration award that included sole custody of minor child.
  • Served as lead defense counsel for dentist in construction dispute. Obtained favorable settlement after Client’s Anti-SLAPP Motion to Dismiss.
  • Served as trial counsel in $167 million fraud dispute involving natural gas producing landfill in south Dallas. Verdict for defense. Case settled on favorable terms for Client.
  • Successfully served as lead counsel for physician group and affiliate billing company in $50 million dispute involving the Corporate Practice of Medicine. Case settled very favorably.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for famous nightclub in real estate dispute. Obtained defense verdict in approximately 26 minutes.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for major law firm and its high-profile managing partner in $1 million fraud and defamation case. Case settled for $5,000.00 immediately prior to opening statement.
  • Served as lead trial counsel involving dispute over 42 million gallons of fuel. Obtained a substantial settlement for Clients (5) five minutes before closing argument.
  • Successfully served as counsel in ethanol plant construction case against Zurich. Case settled for $1.5 million immediately after Voir Dire.
  • Served as lead defense counsel for billionaire in sexual assault civil case. Plaintiff demanded $10 million. Obtained a complete dismissal.
  • Served as lead counsel for investors and enjoined the $11 million sale of a technology company. Obtained a multi-million-dollar settlement for Clients within two weeks.
  • Member of team that prosecuted Sears Roebuck & Co. in class action. Settlement was in excess $50 million.
  • Served as lead counsel for a Florida casino owner for alleged tip pool violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Obtained a complete dismissal for Client.
  • Served as lead counsel for contractor in $2 million dispute. Obtained summary judgment on all claims against Plaintiff 1 and all claims except one against Plaintiff 2. Case settled very favorably for Client.
  • Served as lead counsel in publicized grand jury investigation involving elected judge. No indictment for Clients during representation.
  • Represented CEO in criminal real estate fraud investigation. No indictment. Served as lead trial counsel in two-week wrongful death jury trial. Verdict for defense.
  • Served as lead counsel against Bank of America for employment discrimination. Client was a female, pregnant, and African American. Settled favorably for Client.

COMMITTEES, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Member, State Bar of Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Panelist and Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Seminar 2009; Topic: Corporate Litigation.
  • Co-Author, Piercing the Corporate Veil when considering Property Division in a Divorce (State Bar of Texas).
  • Associate Judge/Special Master (by request only), 302nd District Court, Dallas, Texas.
  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Personal Injury Attorney
  • Top Verdict 2015
  • Top Verdict 2017
  • Litigator of the Week
  • Instructor, Trial by Human

Daniel Siegal, $4B JPMorgan Award Shows Modest Impact Of Mega Punitives, Law360, (Sept. 27, 2017) https://www.law360.com/articles/968531
Joseph Guinto, The Widow, the Bank, and the $8 Billion Verdict, Cover Story, Dmagazine, (Jan. 2017) https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2018/january/jo-hopper-jpmorgan-chaselawsuit/
Rhonda Reddick, Jury Slaps JPMorgan Chase with $6 Billion-plus Verdict in Sabre Creator’s Estate, PRNewswire, (Sep. 27, 2017), https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jury-slaps-jpmorgan-chasewith-6-billion-plus-verdict-in-sabre-creators-estate-300527176.html
Nate Robson, JPMorgan Hit for $4 Billion Over Mishandled Estate, Texas Lawyer (Sep. 25, 2017), https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/sites/texaslawyer/2017/09/25/jpmorgan-hit-for-4-billion-overmishandled-estate/?slreturn=20180304180734
John Council, Litigators of the Week: How 3 Dallas Lawyers Nailed JPMorgan Chase with $4 Billion in Punitive Damages, Texas Lawyer (Sep. 27, 2017), http://www.texaslawyer.com/sites/texaslawyer/2017/09/27/litigators-of-the-week-how-3-dallaslawyers-nailed-jpmorgan-chase-with-4-billion-in-punitive-damages/

Real Clients. Real Attorneys. Real Results.

  1. OVER 90% TRIALS AND ARBITRATIONS WON.
  2. We travel across the country to meet with you.
  3. We feel an obligation to correct wrongs in the fraud community.
  4. $2+ Billion For Plaintiffs.
  5. 400+ Trials & Arbitrations.
  6. $100s of Millions in Saving To Defendants.
  7. Largest Verdict in the United States in 2017.
  8. 1,000s of Dismissals, Acquittals & Declinations of Prosecutions
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