Tina M. Bell, Esq.
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Tina M. Bell, Esq.

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Tina M. Bell is a for­mer defense attor­ney who rep­re­sented doc­tors, nurses, hos­pi­tals, and their insur­ance com­pa­nies for over a decade in her early career. During that time, Tina learned the tactics used by the defense. She now represents the victims of medical negligence and uses that knowledge to the advantage of her clients. Just as there are two sides to any coin, there are two sides to a medical malpractice claim and Tina knows both sides. In 2009, she felt called to dedicate her practice to rep­re­senting the vic­tims of med­ical mal­prac­tice instead of the health care providers.  She is deeply passionate about getting justice for her clients and, in turn, making the health care system safer and better for all citizens of Indiana.

Tina and her husband, Jason, are the proud parents of two teenage girls. Tina is a very active part of the Heritage Christian high school community and attends Itown Church. Tina and her family have a love for working in the mission field together, both locally and abroad.

Achievements

Tina has been selected by Super Lawyers as an Indiana Super Lawyer honoree every year since 2012. She was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Indiana in 2014, 2021, and 2022 and as one of the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Indiana in 2014, 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Honors

  • Indi­ana Super Lawyers Honoree, 2012-2018 (primary area of practice – Medical Malpractice)
  • 2015-2021 National Asso­ci­a­tion of Dis­tin­guished Coun­sel — The Nation’s Top One Percent
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers in Indiana, 2014
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Top 25 Female Lawyers in Indiana, 2014 & 2019
  • North­east Indiana’s Future 40, 2008
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Coun­sel of Indi­ana, 2004
  • Rookie of the Year, Defense Research Insti­tute, 2002

Memberships

  • The American Association for Justice
  • Indi­ana Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
    • Inducted into the College of Fellows, 2021
  • Sagamore Inn of Court, Executive Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Current Treasurer
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow
  • Christian Legal Society - Indiana Chapter, 2022 President 

Court Admis­sions

  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Indiana

Bar Admis­sions

  • Indi­ana, 1998

Sem­i­nars/Lec­tures/Publications

  • “Top 10 Ways to be a Rockstar Paralegal,” Personal Injury for Paralegals, (ITLA), 2021
  • “Tough Biblical Questions from Grieving Clients,” Christian Legal Society, 2021
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Nurse Practitioners,” Guest Lecturer, North Park University (2021)
  • “Losing a Child – Walking Clients Through an Unimaginable Valley,” Christian Legal Society, 2021 (Co-Presented with Dr. Marci Larson)
  • “Top 10 Outside the Box Tips,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2021
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Physician Assistants (Family Practice)” Guest Lecturer, North Park University, Chicago, 2020
  • “What I Have Learned,” Sagamore Inn of Court, 2020
  • Bench Bar Conference, “Jury Consulting: It’s No ‘Bull’” (ACBA), 2020
  • Discovery, Trial Strategies and Cross Examination: The Tough Issues Argued, “The Admissibility of an Expert’s Personal Practice” (ICLEF), 2019
  • “Help Me Kiss Less Frogs” – A Practical Guide for Medical Malpractice Paralegals, (ITLA), 2018
  • Personal Injury Deskbook, (ICLEF), 2018
  • “Top 10 Tips That Will Help You Become the Very Stable Genius You Were Always Meant to Be,“ Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2018
  • “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana: The New Frontier,” Guest Lecturer, The Hall Center Health Law Grand Rounds Series, IU School of Med­i­cine, 2018
  • Deposition Skills Seminar, (ICLEF), 2017 
  • Health Law Symposium, “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana - The New Frontier,” (ISBA), 2017  
  • 2017 Hot Topics for Indiana Lawyers – Medical Malpractice (Allen County Bar Assoc., 2017)
  • Planning Your First Personal Injury Case, (ICLEF, Program Chair), 2017
  • “Medical Malpractice or General Liability,” The New Medical Malpractice Act (ICLEF), 2017
  • Juries, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2017
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (General Surgery),” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2017
  • “Thinking Outside the Box:  Insights and Updates on Medical Malpractice Cases” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (General Surgery)” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N Roll…An Unacceptable Combo in the Patient/Physician Relationship,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2016
  • “Personal Injury for Paralegals” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (Radiology)” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Indiana Medical Malpractice Law Update” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Applied Pro­fes­sion­al­ism” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice — Trend­ing Issues” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2015
  • “Discovery and Trial Disputes: The Tough Issues Argued” (ICLEF), 2015
  • Frankenstein – A Victim of a Case of Medical Malpractice, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2015
  • “Indi­ana Judges on Indiana Evi­dence” (ICLEF), 2015
  • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion — Begin­ning to End” Indi­anapo­lis Inn of   Court, 2015
  • “Tina’s Top 10 Outside the Box Tips for Medical Malpractice in 2015 (ITLA), 2015
  • “How to Identify and Eliminate Bad Medical Review Panel Members” (ITLA), 2015
  • “Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion in Indiana” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Law, 2015
  • “Demonstrative Aids and Exhibit,” Indianapolis Inn of Court, 2014
  • “Tina’s Top 10 Outside the Box Tips for Medical Malpractice in 2014” (ITLA), 2014
  • Use of Demonstrative and Summary Aids and Exhibits During Trial, American Inn of Court – Sagamore (2014)
  • “Will Work For Food… Cre­at­ing a Firm Cul­ture that Reduces Turnover and Improves Pro­duc­tiv­ity” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2013
  • Devil is in the Details: Solutions for a Day in Courtroom Hell, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2013
  • “CT v. MRI – Radi­ol­ogy 101 for Lawyers” (ITLA), 2012
  • “Sur­prise, Sur­prise!: How to the Han­dle the Unex­pected at Trial” (ICLEF), 2011
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Conversations with Former Defense Lawyers about Life on the Other Side (ITLA), 2011
  • “Excuse Me, Did You Say the Video­g­ra­pher is Employed by Your Firm?” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2011
  • “Recent Devel­op­ments in Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Case Law” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Gross­nickle Eye Cen­ter), 2010
  • Health Care Section Roundtable, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2009
  • Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Med­i­cine – Ft. Wayne, 2000–2009
  • “Tina’s Top Ten Risk Management Con­cerns: A Year in Review,” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Bar­rett & McNagny) 2006–2009
  • “Motivation/Cultivation of Young Asso­ciates,” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2009
  • "VBACs: Not Any­more!” pre­sented to Fort Wayne OB-GYNs, 2009
  • “Mar­ket­ing: The Use of Social Net­work­ing” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2008
  • “The Basics of Prepar­ing the Defen­dant Health Care Provider for Depo­si­tion” DRI Med­ical Lia­bil­ity and Health Care Law Sem­i­nar (DRI), 2007
  • “The Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Act: An Overview of Process, Recent Devel­op­ments and Claims Han­dling Strate­gies” pre­sented to AIG, 2007
  • “Con­fi­den­tial­ity of Med­ical Records” pre­sented to Lorham, 2007
  • “Say­ing Sorry Works: A Closer Look at Indiana’s New Apol­ogy Law” Guest Lec­turer at Grand Rounds at St. Joseph Hos­pi­tal, Ft. Wayne, Indi­ana (2006) 
  • Tort Case Law Update (ICLEF), 2003
  • 7th Annual DTCI Conference & Annual Meeting: Battle of the Titans, DTCI), 2000

Tina Bell Featured on CBS Morning News

Recognitions

Education
  • Eureka Col­lege, B.A., 1995
  • Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity School of Law — Indi­anapo­lis, J.D., 1998

Reported Cases

  • Oaks v. Timothy Chamberlain, M.D. , 2017WL1953144 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017)
  • K.D. v. Cham­bers, 951 N.E.2d 855 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011) trans­fer denied, 962 N.E.2d 654 (Ind. 2011)
  • Estate of O’Neal ex rel. Newkirk v. Beth­le­hem Woods Nurs­ing & Rehab. Ctr., LLC, 878 N.E.2d 303 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007) deci­sion clar­i­fied on reh’g, 887 N.E.2d 1019 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008) vacated sub nom. Newkirk v. Beth­le­hem Woods Nurs­ing & Rehab. Ctr., LLC, 898 N.E.2d 299 (Ind. 2008)
  • Hamil­ton v. Ash­ton, 846 N.E.2d 309 deci­sion clar­i­fied on reh’g, 850 N.E.2d 466 (Ind.Ct. App. 2006)
  • Blasko v. Menard, Inc., 831 N.E.2d 271 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • GYN-OB Con­sul­tants, L.L.C. v. Schopp, 780 N.E.2d 1206 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Clark v. Sporre, 777 N.E.2d 1166 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Bloemker v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 720 N.E.2d 753 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Nw. Nat. Ins. Co. v. Mapps, 717 N.E.2d 947 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Shene­field v. Bar­rette, 716 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)

Sem­i­nars/Lec­tures/Publications

  • “Top 10 Ways to be a Rockstar Paralegal,” Personal Injury for Paralegals, (ITLA), 2021
  • “Tough Biblical Questions from Grieving Clients,” Christian Legal Society, 2021
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Nurse Practitioners,” Guest Lecturer, North Park University (2021)
  • “Losing a Child – Walking Clients Through an Unimaginable Valley,” Christian Legal Society, 2021 (Co-Presented with Dr. Marci Larson)
  • “Top 10 Outside the Box Tips,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2021
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Physician Assistants (Family Practice)” Guest Lecturer, North Park University, Chicago, 2020
  • “What I Have Learned,” Sagamore Inn of Court, 2020
  • Bench Bar Conference, “Jury Consulting: It’s No ‘Bull’” (ACBA), 2020
  • Discovery, Trial Strategies and Cross Examination: The Tough Issues Argued, “The Admissibility of an Expert’s Personal Practice” (ICLEF), 2019
  • “Help Me Kiss Less Frogs” – A Practical Guide for Medical Malpractice Paralegals, (ITLA), 2018
  • Personal Injury Deskbook, (ICLEF), 2018
  • “Top 10 Tips That Will Help You Become the Very Stable Genius You Were Always Meant to Be,“ Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2018
  • “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana: The New Frontier,” Guest Lecturer, The Hall Center Health Law Grand Rounds Series, IU School of Med­i­cine, 2018
  • Deposition Skills Seminar, (ICLEF), 2017
  • Health Law Symposium, “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana - The New Frontier,” (ISBA), 2017
  • 2017 Hot Topics for Indiana Lawyers – Medical Malpractice (Allen County Bar Assoc., 2017)
  • Planning Your First Personal Injury Case, (ICLEF, Program Chair), 2017
  • “Medical Malpractice or General Liability,” The New Medical Malpractice Act (ICLEF), 2017
  • Juries, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2017
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (General Surgery),” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2017
  • “Thinking Outside the Box: Insights and Updates on Medical Malpractice Cases” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (General Surgery)” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N Roll…An Unacceptable Combo in the Patient/Physician Relationship,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2016
  • “Personal Injury for Paralegals” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Medical Malpractice Law as it Pertains to Residents (Radiology)” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Indiana Medical Malpractice Law Update” Guest Lecturer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
  • “Applied Pro­fes­sion­al­ism” (ITLA), 2016
  • “Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice — Trend­ing Issues” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2015
  • “Discovery and Trial Disputes: The Tough Issues Argued” (ICLEF), 2015
  • Frankenstein – A Victim of a Case of Medical Malpractice, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2015
  • “Indi­ana Judges on Indiana Evi­dence” (ICLEF), 2015
  • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion — Begin­ning to End” Indi­anapo­lis Inn of Court, 2015
  • “Tina’s Top 10 Outside the Box Tips for Medical Malpractice in 2015 (ITLA), 2015
  • “How to Identify and Eliminate Bad Medical Review Panel Members” (ITLA), 2015
  • “Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion in Indiana” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Law, 2015
  • “Demonstrative Aids and Exhibit,” Indianapolis Inn of Court, 2014
  • “Tina’s Top 10 Outside the Box Tips for Medical Malpractice in 2014” (ITLA), 2014
  • Use of Demonstrative and Summary Aids and Exhibits During Trial, American Inn of Court – Sagamore (2014)
  • “Will Work For Food… Cre­at­ing a Firm Cul­ture that Reduces Turnover and Improves Pro­duc­tiv­ity” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2013
  • Devil is in the Details: Solutions for a Day in Courtroom Hell, American Inn of Court – Sagamore, 2013
  • “CT v. MRI – Radi­ol­ogy 101 for Lawyers” (ITLA), 2012
  • “Sur­prise, Sur­prise!: How to the Han­dle the Unex­pected at Trial” (ICLEF), 2011
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Conversations with Former Defense Lawyers about Life on the Other Side (ITLA), 2011
  • “Excuse Me, Did You Say the Video­g­ra­pher is Employed by Your Firm?” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2011
  • “Recent Devel­op­ments in Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Case Law” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Gross­nickle Eye Cen­ter), 2010
  • Health Care Section Roundtable, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2009
  • Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Med­i­cine – Ft. Wayne, 2000–2009
  • “Tina’s Top Ten Risk Management Con­cerns: A Year in Review,” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Bar­rett & McNagny) 2006–2009
  • “Motivation/Cultivation of Young Asso­ciates,” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2009
  • "VBACs: Not Any­more!” pre­sented to Fort Wayne OB-GYNs, 2009
  • “Mar­ket­ing: The Use of Social Net­work­ing” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2008
  • “The Basics of Prepar­ing the Defen­dant Health Care Provider for Depo­si­tion” DRI Med­ical Lia­bil­ity and Health Care Law Sem­i­nar (DRI), 2007
  • “The Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Act: An Overview of Process, Recent Devel­op­ments and Claims Han­dling Strate­gies” pre­sented to AIG, 2007
  • “Con­fi­den­tial­ity of Med­ical Records” pre­sented to Lorham, 2007
  • “Say­ing Sorry Works: A Closer Look at Indiana’s New Apol­ogy Law” Guest Lec­turer at Grand Rounds at St. Joseph Hos­pi­tal, Ft. Wayne, Indi­ana (2006)
  • Tort Case Law Update (ICLEF), 2003
  • 7th Annual DTCI Conference & Annual Meeting: Battle of the Titans, DTCI), 2000
Community Involvement
  • Global Orphan Foundation in Congo, Nov. 2021
  • WyldLife Middle School Leader, 2016-present
  • YWAM Mission Adventure, San Antonio Del Mar Campus, Mexico, July 2017
  • Homes for Hope, Tijuana, Mexico, July 2015 and July 2017
  • Mission Uprising – The Well, in 2017, Arizona 2019, Indiana 2018, and North Carolina 2020
  • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Community High School Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2016
  • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Community High School Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2015
  • Amer­i­can Her­itage Girls Camp Facil­i­ta­tor 2014
  • Alpha – Northview Church, 2010-2012
  • Women’s Dis­ci­ple­ship Walk, 2011-2012
  • Vol­un­teer Lawyer Pro­gram of North­east Indi­ana, 1999-2007
  • Junior Achieve­ment Vol­un­teer, 1999-2007
  • Law Day, 1999-2007
  • Dynamic Mar­riage Facilitator

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