South Carolina native J. Edward Bell III, founder and senior partner of Bell Legal Group, is an attorney and businessman who serves as president and managing partner of the Charleston School of Law.
A graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law, Bell distinguished himself as a top civil litigator in the field of complex litigation law with his success in the demanding auto torts and auto safety field. His unique approach in auto case work led him to establish a Vehicle Safety Research Center, a facility that conducts auto defect investigations, accident re-enactments, develops exhibits, and explores the complex nature of the issues surrounding injury and accident cases. Since its inception, the center has evolved into a multi-disciplined Science and Technology Center used to assist attorneys in unraveling technical information associated with trial work.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has distinguished himself as a top litigation attorney at the local, state and national levels. He has tried more than 300 major cases throughout the United States. His unique approach in complex auto litigation case work led him to establish a Vehicle Safety Research Center, a facility with in-house engineers that has evolved into a multi-disciplined Science and Technology Center used to assist attorneys in unraveling technical information associated with trial work.
Bell’s work in the legal field is extensive and renowned, yet more notable is his work with students and young attorneys. His history of mentoring students interested in pursuing the law has included assistance with financial aid, internships and housing for national and international students. It is this passion for sharing his knowledge and understanding of the law that led Bell to his position as President of the Charleston School of Law.
Bell was recently inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group with membership limited to 100 of the best plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. He is chairman of the board of Garden & Gun magazine and The Litchfield Company.