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David M. Bell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
2800 N. Central Ave, Suite 860
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-792-1713
Fax: 602-792-1710
Email: David M. Bell
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022
Licensed in Arizona Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

David Bell is a trial and appellate attorney, with experience handling injury and wrongful death, insurance coverage and bad faith, medical malpractice and medical products, product liability, wrongful termination, and commercial cases. He has been lead counsel in more than 70 jury trials and more than two dozen appeals. He is certified as a specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Advisory Commission and served as its Chair from 2018 to 2021. Mr. Bell is ranked as an Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates and was the 2019 President of its Phoenix Chapter. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow in Arizona's Finest Attorneys.

Certificates and Credentials

About David M. Bell

First Admitted: 1981, Arizona

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, "Focus on the Insuring Clause: Elements as They Relate to Construction Defect Claims," FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring 2007; Author, "State Farm v. Campbell, its Anticipated Effects for Bad Faith Litigation" FDCC Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 1, Fall 2003;  Co-Author, Survivor ESI, FDCC E-Discovery Survival Manual, FDCC (2007) Author and Regional Editor for, Insurance Bad Faith, A Compendium of State Law, DRI (2004 and 2006); Co-authored the chapter, "Discovery" for the Arizona Personal Injury Practice Guide, (1991). 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Former: Chair, Extra-Contractual Liability Section; Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage Section, Member, Admissions Committee); State Bar of Arizona (Member and 2019 Chair of the Injury & Wrongful Death Advisory Commission for its Board of Legal Specialization; American Board of Trial Advocates (ranked as Advocate, 2019 President of its Phoenix Chapter); Defense Research Institute; Fellow, Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Representative Clients

  • American National Property & Casualty Co.; Arch Insurance Group; Brierfield Insurance Co.; Century Insurance Co.; Cottingham Butler, Inc.; Farm Family Insurance Companies; EZE Trucking, Inc.; Mannington Mills, Inc.; Meadowbrook Insurance Co.; Mid-Continent Insurance Co.; Nationwide Insurance Companies; Security Mutual Insurance Co.; State Farm Insurance Companies; State of Arizona;

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Speciaist, Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Arizona

Educational Background

  • J.D. (with distinction), University of Iowa College of Law, 1981
  • B.A. University of Iowa (Religion and Social Studies Education), 1976

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair of the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Advisory Commission to the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • Court Appointed Counsel for minors not represented by personal counsel, regarding petitions before the Maricopa County Superior Court Probate Commissioners for approval of personal injury settlements
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of the Maricopa County Bar Association, volunteer attorney


  • , The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • American Board of Trial Advocates: Advocate; Member, Phoenix Chapter Board, 2014-present, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, Member
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1992-Present; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 2000-Present, Martindale-Hubbell

Industry Groups

  • American Board Of Trial Advoactes (Advocate)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation Of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • State Bar Of Arizona
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Office Location for David M. Bell

2800 N. Central Ave
Suite 860
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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