Tina M. Bell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell, P.C.
 | 951 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-488-5500
Fax: 317-488-5510
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Tina M. Bell is a partner with Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nationally recognized as among the leading trial lawyers in the country, Ms. Bell focuses her practice exclusively on helping individuals and families who have suffered injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice.

    Serving clients throughout the greater Indianapolis metro and surrounding areas, Ms. Bell has nearly 20 years of medical malpractice experience on both sides. Early in her legal career, she worked as a defense attorney for physicians, hospitals, nurses and other health care providers and their insurance companies, defending their interests in the face of tortious claims. Since 2009, she shifted her focus to representing plaintiff clients struggling because of someone else's negligence, and she has secured millions of dollars in total compensation for those in need.

    Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Bell has earned recognition from the National Association of Distinguished Council as among the Nation's Top 1% in 2015 and 2016. She has also received many other consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, as well as the Young Lawyer of the Year award from the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana in 2004.

    A 1995 graduate of Eureka College, Ms. Bell obtained her Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in 1995. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and she is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Sagamore Inn of Court's Executive Committee.

    As further evidence of her leadership within her field, Ms. Bell has published numerous articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics. Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, she also supports her local community through her involvement with various civic, charitable and faith-based organizations.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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    About Tina Bell

    Admitted: 1998, Indiana

    Professional Webpage: https://www.cfclb-law.com/attorneys/tina-bell/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Young Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Coun­sel of Indi­ana, 2004
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • North­east Indiana’s Future 40, 2008
    • Selected to Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers in Indiana, 2014
    • Selected to Super Lawyers Top 25 Female Lawyers in Indiana, 2014 & 2019
    • Young Lawyer of the Year Nominee, Indiana Bar Association , 2004
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, The Nation’s Top One Percent, 2015-2016
    • Indi­ana Super Lawyers Honoree, 2012-2018 (primary area of practice – Medical Malpractice)
    • Young Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2007
    • Rookie of the Year, Defense Research Institute - Med Mal Division, 2002
    • Future 40 Under 40, Northeast Indiana Future 40, 2008

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
    • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
    • Indi­ana, 1998
    • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association - Board Member, 2017
    • American Association for Justice, 2011
    • Defense Research Institute, 1999
    • Hamilton County Bar Association, 2009
    • Sagamore Inn of Court, Executive Committee - Membership Chair, 2017
    • Allen County Bar Association, 1999
    • Indiana Bar Association
    • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 1999

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Alpha – Northview Church, 2010-2012
    • Dynamic Mar­riage Facilitator
    • Law Day, 1999-2007
    • Junior Achieve­ment Vol­un­teer, 1999-2007
    • Vol­un­teer Lawyer Pro­gram of North­east Indi­ana, 1999-2007
    • Women’s Dis­ci­ple­ship Walk, 2011-2012
    • Amer­i­can Her­itage Girls Camp Facil­i­ta­tor 2014
    • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2016
    • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2015
    • WyldLife Middle School Leader, 2016-present
    • Mission Uprising, The Well, September 2017
    • Homes for Hope, Tijuana, Mexico, July 2015 and July 2017
    • YWAM Mission Adventure,San Antonio Del Mar Campus, Mexico, July 2017
    • Law Day
    • Junior Achievement

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “The Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Act: An Overview of Process, Recent Devel­op­ments and Claims Han­dling Strate­gies,” pre­sented to AIG, 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)
    • “Con­fi­den­tial­ity of Med­ical Records,” pre­sented to Lorham, 2007
    • “The Basics of Prepar­ing the Defen­dant Health Care Provider for Depo­si­tion,” DRI Med­ical Lia­bil­ity and Health Care Law Sem­i­nar (DRI), 2007
    • “Motivation/Cultivation of Young Asso­ciates,” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2009
    • “Mar­ket­ing: The Use of Social Net­work­ing,” North Cen­tral Meet­ing (DRI), 2008
    • “VBACs: Not Any­more!,” pre­sented to Fort Wayne OB-GYNs, 2009
    • “Tina’s Top Ten Risk Man­age­ment Con­cerns: A Year in Review,” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Bar­rett &McNagny), 2006–2009
    • “How to Iden­tify and Elim­i­nate Bad Med­ical Review Panel Mem­bers” (ITLA), 2015
    • “Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion,” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Med­i­cine – Ft. Wayne, 2000–2009
    • “Recent Devel­op­ments in Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Case Law,” Risk Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar (Gross­nickle Eye Cen­ter), 2010
    • “Excuse Me, Did You Say the Video­g­ra­pher is Employed by Your Firm?” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2011
    • “Sur­prise, Sur­prise, Sur­prise!: How to the Han­dle the Unex­pected at Trial” (ICLEF), 2011
    • “CT v. MRI – Radi­ol­ogy 101 for Lawyers,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2012
    • “Will Work For Food… Cre­at­ing a Firm Cul­ture that Reduces Turnover and Improves Pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2013
    • “Tina’s Top 10 Out­side the Box Tips for Med­ical Mal­prac­tice in 2014” (ITLA), 2014
    • “Demon­stra­tive Aids and Exhibit” Indi­anapo­lis Inn of Court, 2014
    • “Anatomy of Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion in Indi­ana,” Guest Lec­turer at IU School of Law, 2015
    • “Dis­cov­ery and Trial Dis­putes: The Tough Issues Argued” (ICLEF ), 2015
    • “Tina’s Top 10 Out­side the Box Tips for Med­ical Mal­prac­tice in 2015” (ITLA), 2015
    • “Indi­ana Judges on Evi­dence” (ICLEF), 2015
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion — Begin­ning to End” Indi­anapo­lis Inn of Court, 2015
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice or Gen­eral Lia­bil­ity,” The New Medical Malpractice Act (ICLEF), 2017
    • “Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice — Trend­ing Issues,” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2015
    • “Applied Pro­fes­sion­al­ism” (ITLA), 2016
    • “Indi­ana Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law Update,” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law as it Per­tains to Res­i­dents (Radi­ol­ogy),” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum, 2016
    • “Per­sonal Injury for Para­le­gals” (ITLA), 2016
    • “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N Roll…An Unac­cept­able Combo in the Patient/Physician Rela­tion­ship,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2016
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law as it Per­tains to Res­i­dents (Gen­eral Surgery),” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum (2016)
    • “Think­ing Out­side the Box:  Insights and Updates on Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Cases” (ITLA), 2016
    • “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana: The New Frontier,” Guest Lecturer, The Hall Center Health Law Grand Rounds Series, IU School of Med­i­cine, 2018, 1900
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law as it Per­tains to Res­i­dents (Gen­eral Surgery),” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum (2017)
    • Planning Your First (ICLEF, Program Chair), 2017
    • Hot Topics for Indiana Lawyers – Medical Malpractice (Allen County Bar Association), 2017
    • Health Law Symposium, “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana — The New Frontier,” (ISBA), 2017
    • Deposition Skills Seminar, (ICLEF), 2017
    • “Top Ten Tips That Will Help You Become the Very Stable Genius You Were Always Meant to Be,” Lifetime Achievement Seminar (ITLA), 2018
    • Tina has been a guest lecturer on the subject of medical malpractice for medical students and physician assistants at numerous universities. She has also been a guest lecturer for Grand Rounds at various hospitals.  She recently spoke at that 2011 ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar and also the IBA Behind Enemy Lines Seminar held on July 14, 2011.
    • Personal Injury Deskbook, (ICLEF), 2018
    • “Help Me Kiss Less Frogs” – A Practical Guide for Medical Malpractice Paralegals, (ITLA), 2018
    • Discovery, Trial Strategies and Cross Examination: The Tough Issues Argued, “The Admissibility of an Expert’s Personal Practice” (ICLEF), 2019
    • “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law as it Per­tains to Res­i­dents (Gen­eral Surgery),” Guest Lec­turer, IU School of Med­i­cine House Staff Forum (2017) “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice or Gen­eral Lia­bil­ity” (ICLEF 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) “Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Lit­i­ga­tion — Begin­ning to End” Indi­anapo­lis Inn of Court (2015) “Indi­ana Judges on Evi­dence” (ICLEF 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) “Will Work For Food… Cre­at­ing a Firm Cul­ture that Reduces Turnover and Improves Pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2013 “CT v. MRI – Radi­ol­ogy 101 for Lawyers,” Life­time Achieve­ment Sem­i­nar (ITLA), 2012 “Sur­prise, Sur­prise, Sur­prise!: How to the Han­dle the Unex­pected at Trial” (ICLEF), 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 “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), 2006

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Shene­field v. Bar­rette, 716 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
    • Nw. Nat. Ins. Co. v. Mapps, 717 N.E.2d 947 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
    • Bloemker v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 720 N.E.2d 753 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
    • Clark v. Sporre, 777 N.E.2d 1166 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
    • GYN-OB Con­sul­tants, L.L.C. v. Schopp, 780 N.E.2d 1206 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
    • Blasko v. Menard, Inc., 831 N.E.2d 271 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
    • Hamil­ton v. Ash­ton, 846 N.E.2d 309 deci­sion clar­i­fied on reh’g, 850 N.E.2d 466 (Ind.Ct. App. 2006)
    • 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)
    • Oaks v. Timothy Chamberlain
    • K.D. v. Cham­bers, 951 N.E.2d 855 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011) trans­fer denied, 962 N.E.2d 654 (Ind. 2011)
    • In the first 10 years of her career, Tina tried over 20 cases to verdict as a defense lawyer.  The majority of her trials were medical malpractice cases.  She has recently switched sides to representing only patients in medical malpractice actions.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • She is a wife and mother of two wonderful daughters.

    Educational Background:

    • Eureka Col­lege, B.A., 1995
    • Tina was off to an early start when she graduated from high school in three years at the age of 16.  Tina received her BA with honors in political science and communications from Eureka College in 1995. While at Eureka she was active leader including serving as Student Body President.  She then graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1998 with honors.
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    Office Location for Tina M. Bell

    951 North Delaware Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Phone: 317-488-5500

    Fax: 317-488-5510

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