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  • John W. Bell and Robert R. McNamara, “And The Defense Wins,” DRI, Feb. 29, 2012
  • ABOTA President’s Page
  • John W. Bell Section of Litigation American Bar Association Trial Practice 2008 – “A Defendant’s Perspective on Settling Cases During Trial”
  • John W. Bell and Kevin G. Owens National Law Journal, “$94 Million Crane-Collapse Award Erased,” October 2003
  •  National Law Journal, “Defense Wins in Brain Injury Case,” September 2002
  • John W. Bell and William G. Beatty National Law Journal, “The Best Defense,” March 2001
  • “Court Douses Fireman’s Suit; City Wins the Same Case Twice,” Chicago Lawyer, February 1998
  • Chapter Writer: IICLE Interrogatories, 2006 and 1998 Revisions, “Averting a Crisis in Product Liability,” Illinois Bar Journal, 1977
  • Chapter Writer:  “Illinois Civil Discovery Practice,” IICLE, 1979; November and December, 1983, November, 1994
  • Chicago Bar Record, “Defense of Back Injury Cases,” reprinted in July, August 1984 Case and Comment


Association of Equipment Manufacturers

  • “Lessons Learned in the Courtroom,” Product Safety & Compliance and Product Liability Seminars, Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, IL, April 29, 2010

Chicago Bar Association:

  • “Cross-Examination for the Defendants,” 1983
  • “Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March, 1985
  • “Defense of Crane Contact Electrocution Cases,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Proving/Disputing Plaintiff’s Damages, September 29, 1988
  • “Proving/Disputing Pain, Suffering and Disability,” Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Oct. 30, 1990
  • “Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, Closing Arguments,” Aug. 19, 1994
  • “Deposition Strategies,” May 8, 1995
  • “Trends in Personal Injury Litigation/Wrongful Death,” The CBA Young Lawyers Section’s Trial
  • “Superstars on Presenting Your Case,” Oct. 16, 2009

City of Chicago - Department of Law:

  • “10 Rules for Effective Depositions,” Chicago, Illinois, November 15, 2005
  • Defense Research Institute:
  • “Fire & Casualty Seminar, Defending and Mitigation Damages in the Large Property Damages
  • Case, Phoenix,” Arizona, 2003
  • “Becoming A Preeminent Trial Lawyer, Handling of the Defense Economist or Life Care Expert; Plaintiff’s Opening Statement,” Chicago, Oct. 1, 2005
  • “Handling of the Defense Economist or Life Care Expert; Third Defendant’s Closing Argument,” Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 16-17, 2006
  • “Preeminent Lawyer - Superstars of Trial Seminar, Handling of the Defendant’s Economist or
  • Life Care Expert,” Sept. 28-30, 2006
  • “Empathy, Sympathy and Kindness from a Defense Perspective,” Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, March 17-19, 2010

Edison Electric Institute:

  • Denver, Colorado, October, 1985 Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company:
  • Advanced Casualty Seminar, “Handling of the Defendant’s Economist or Life Care Expert,” Oct. 6, 2006

Illinois Defense Council:

  • 22nd Annual Defense Tactics Seminar, “Demonstrative Evidence in Product Liability Cases,” March 8, 1986
  • 2010 Claims & Defense Tactics Symposium, “Trends in High Exposure & Complex Tort Litigation,” March 25, 2010

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education:

  • Interrogatories, 1979
  • Drafting Interrogatories, 1981
  • Defense Preparation and Trial Procedures, 1982
  • Preparation of a Products Liability Case-3d Party Actions, 1982

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association:

  • Education Seminar, Products Liability/Wrongful Death, January 11, 1992
  • Education Seminar, Defenses and Instructions – “Defendant’s Perspective”, January 9, 1993
  • Education Seminar, Product Liability Litigation – “Examination of Experts at Trial, Defendant’s Perspective”, January 8, 1994
  • Education Seminar, “Defenses of Misuse, Assumption of Risk, Employer Liability, Statute of Repose,” Jan. 13, 1996
  • Mr. Bell was also a faculty member of the International Association of Defense Council Trial Academy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1994

National Electrical Manufacturers Association:

  • Crisis Management – “We’ve All Been There,” Chicago, Illinois, September 13, 2005
  • SAE International: Product Liability Overview: “Claims, Defenses and Damages,” Downers Grove, Ill., Nov. 14, 2005