Lynn E. Bell, Esquire
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P: (412) 338-4729
E: lbell@dmcpc.com

Lynn Bell Bell is a member who represents health care providers in professional negligence actions, professional licensure and hospital privilege challenges, product manufacturers and distributors in product liability matters and general insurance defense. Attorney Bell has tried more than 115 cases to jury verdict. When the courtroom is not the best option, she utilizes alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and other creative agreements to resolve matters.

She has an AV peer rating with Martindale Hubbell. In 2010, Attorney Bell was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to those trial attorneys who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standard. Every year since 2006, peers select her as a “Super Lawyer,” which designates the top five (5) percent of litigation attorneys in Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is an invited member of the Litigation Counsel of America, a honorary society for attorneys.

Attorney Bell has been an invited speaker at hospitals, medical societies and specialty practice groups and professional liability insurance carriers on malpractice, documentation, peer review, court decisions changing legal precedent and risk avoidance. She has also participated in seminars on trial tactics for attorneys and spoken to claims adjusters on suspected insurance fraud and bad faith. In 2015 she was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Education

  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
    - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctor
  • CARLOW COLLEGE
    - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Professional and Community Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers (1992 – present), peer selected as one of top 125 defense trial lawyers in Allegheny County
  • Health Law Council of Allegheny County (1989 – 1996);
  • Defense Research Institute (8/90 – present)
  • International Association of Defense Council
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute (1994 – present)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2007 – present)
  • Invited Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Representative Cases

  • 117 patients filed suit against two cardiologists after a hospital issued a letter to 192 patients advising them they may have had an unnecessary stent placed. The bellwether case selected by the plaintiffs was tried in April 2017 resulting in a defense verdict, upheld an appeal.
  • Stent Trial verdict as reported by the local paper.
    The verdict was affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Defense Verdicts:

Obtained a defense verdict in Centre County matter where parents alleged a delay in diagnosis of a necrotic bowel in a two day infant resulting in short gut syndrome. Past medical bills were $416,000, future medical bills were $73,000,000.

Obtained a defense verdict for a Breastfeeding Center where it was alleged the physicians failed to diagnose breast cancer. The case was tried, a defense verdict obtained, reversed on appeal and retried in a month long proceeding, resulting in a second defense verdict.

Successfully tried a Will contest against a priest who wrongfully influenced a parishioner.

Significant Appellate Decisions:

Held v. Neft, 352 Pa.Super. 195 (1986)

Carelli v. Pennsylvania Medical Society Liability Ins. Co., 383 Pa. Super.590, 557 A.2d 409 (1989)

Elia v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 430 Pa.Super. 384, 634 A.2d 657 (Pa.Super 1993)

Prevish v. Pilewski, 205 A.3d 375 (Pa. Super. 1997)

In Re: Diet Drugs (Phentermine/Femfluramine/Dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation, 263 F.3d 157 (3rd Cir. 2001)

Helfrick v. UPMC Shadyside, 2003 WL 23314553 (Pa.Com.Pl.)

Walton v. Giant Eagle, 2011 WL 2601202 (W.D. Pa. 2011)

Passarello v. Grumbine, 29 A.3d 1158 (Pa.Super 2011)

Sjolander v. Vestas Wind Systems AYS, 2014 WL 10920397 (Pa.Super. 2014)

Sensenich v. Morcos, 205 A.3d 375 (Pa. Super 2019)

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