James Samuel Bell

Personal Injury

James Bell

“James Bell has handled a few different things for me. In every instance he was well-informed, prepared, but above all else, he really cared about me as a person and the outcome of my case.”

“James Bell is the best. Dealing with insurance companies can be nerve-racking. When you are coping with an injury on top of all it can become overwhelming. . . . I hope I am never in this situation again but if I am, I know James is just a phone call away.”

“James is a very amazing trail lawyer with so many talents I don’t know where to even start. . . . There is no better trail lawyer with attention to detail . . . in Dallas Texas.”

James Bell focuses his practice on representing victims of serious accidents and families who have lost loved ones due to negligence and product defects. Many attorneys consider Mr. Bell to be one of the most-accomplished trial lawyers of his generation, having won more than $6 billion in verdicts and settlements for injury victims, families, and other clients. He has successfully handled personal injury and wrongful death cases across the country, and he is well-known for his ability to secure high-dollar settlements and win substantial verdicts at trial.

Mr. Bell has extensive experience in cases involving severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries (SCI), and injuries resulting in chronic pain and permanent disabilities. He represents victims of vehicle collisions, falls, and other accidents, as well as victims of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, assaults, and abuse.

A relentless warrior in settlement negotiations and in the courtroom, Mr. Bell prides himself on taking a caring and empathetic approach to client representation. He works with his clients one-on-one, and he relentlessly pursues secure maximum compensation in every case regardless of how vigorously the insurance companies fight to avoid financial responsibility for his clients’ injuries and losses.


Mr. Bell serves an instructor and delivers keynote addresses nationwide on his revolutionary approach to voir dire (jury selection), opening statements, cross-examinations, and calculating damages. Other lawyers frequently bring Mr. Bell into their cases when they have been unsuccessful in negotiating a favorable settlement and need to seek just compensation at trial.


Mr. Bell has received recognition from dozens of publications for his record-breaking verdicts. In 2017, he was named to The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers for securing the largest verdict in the nation. This verdict is also believed to be the ninth largest verdict in United States history.


  • Southern Methodist University (Juris Doctor)
  • Southern Methodist University

Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of Texas
  • 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
  • S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pro Hac Vice
  • S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Pro Hac Vice
  • Supreme Court of New York, Manhattan Division, Pro Hac Vice
  • Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Butler County, Ohio, Pro Hac Vice

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