Bernie Bell represents insureds in disputes with their insurers and is a nationally-recognized leader in his field. He serves as lead counsel pursuing insurance recovery across a full range of disputed claims, from property damage and business interruption losses to claims arising from alleged directors' and officers' (D&O) liabilities, as well as employment, environmental, fiduciary (ERISA), intellectual property, management, product, professional, representations and warranties (R&W), tax position, and toxic tort liabilities.
His recent representations include engagements to recover property damage and business interruption losses caused by catastrophic events at refineries, petrochemical plants, oil and gas pipelines, and other industrial facilities. He regularly pursues recovery under liability policies for the costs of defending and resolving government subpoenas and investigations, and various breach-of-duty claims. Other recent representations include claims under pollution legal liability coverage for environmental clean-up costs. Bernie regularly appears in courts, arbitration tribunals, and mediations throughout the United States and in London arbitration under the Bermuda Form.
Bernie is a fellow of the American College of Contractual and Extracontractual Counsel, and is the co-chair (policyholder side) of the College's First-Party Insurance Committee. He wrote or co-wrote chapters in the Appleman insurance law treatise on Commercial Property Insurance and Time Element (Business Interruption) Insurance, and is a frequent writer and speaker on insurance coverage issues.
Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section (1989-1994)
Private equity fund manager pursues insurance coverage for costs of defending SEC enforcement investigation and proceeding
Fortune 150 independent petroleum company obtains insurance coverage for property damage and business interruption losses
LLOG Exploration recovers property damage and loss of production income
Honors & Distinctions
fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel