Harry Bell Interviewed by The State Journal as Part of Expert Panel Feature
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jan 05, 2015 in Firm News
For a recurring feature dubbed Expert Panel, The State Journal of West Virginia recently sat down with Harry F. Bell, Jr., Charleston native and managing partner of Stewart Bell, PLLC, to talk business.
Bell, interviewed by legal reporter Linda Harris for The State Journal, says that his greatest daily challenge is changing the public perception of what it means to resolve civil matters through lawsuits. No small feat, considering misconceptions about the legal process abound.
Bell explains to Harris that he has a deeply held belief in the states justice system. He believes it best serves the average person, and that West Virginia juries are traditionally very fair and conservative.
When asked about his proudest professional achievement, Bell notes his work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban drop-side cribs. In this instance, Bell was handling a product defect case for a West Virginia family whose infant was tragically killed by such a crib. He said that he is extremely proud that the work he did helped put a national ban in place on the product.
Recognizing that my work seeks to hold wrongdoers accountable and in some small way prevent future losses is immensely rewarding, Bell told Harris.
Bell also discussed trends that he sees emerging within the legal industry. He cited special interest groups attempts to undermine access to the courts as one of the biggest threats to a healthy judicial system.
They don't want a level playing field or fair treatment in the courts; they want individual rights taken away, all while spouting populist statements which seemingly disguise the true impact of what they are attempting to do, Bell said.
Harris wrapped the interview by asking Bell if he had any advice for those pursuing a legal career. Represent real people with real problems, he offered. Be the voices of these people.
After nearly 35 years representing the people of West Virginia in critical times of need, Bell plans to continue doing just that.