Tina M. Bell, Esq.

Tina M. Bell, Esq.

Tina M. Bell is a for­mer defense attor­ney who rep­re­sented doc­tors, nurses, hos­pi­tals, and their insur­ance com­pa­nies for over a decade in her early career. In 2009, she felt called to dedicate her practice to rep­re­senting the vic­tims of med­ical mal­prac­tice instead of the health care providers.  She is deeply passionate about getting justice for her clients and, in turn, making the health care system safer and better for all citizens of Indiana.

Prac­tice Area Focus

Tina focuses her practice on help­ing those who have suf­fered from med­ical malpractice. Tina’s entire career, of almost 20 years, has been dedicated to medical malpractice in Indiana.

Meet Tina

Edu­ca­tion
  • Eureka Col­lege, B.A., 1995
  • Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity School of Law — Indi­anapo­lis, J.D., 1998
Bar Admis­sions
  • Indi­ana, 1998
Court Admis­sions
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
Honors
  • Indiana Super Lawyer, 2012-2017, Top Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • 2016 National Association of Distinguished Council  – The Nation’s Top One Percent
  • 2015 National Asso­ci­a­tion of Dis­tin­guished Coun­sel — The Nation’s Top One Percent
  • 2014 Top 50 Indi­ana Super Lawyer
  • 2014 Top 25 Indi­ana Women Super Lawyers
  • North­east Indiana’s Future 40, 2008
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Coun­sel of Indi­ana, 2004
  • Rookie of the Year, Defense Research Insti­tute, 2002
Pro­fes­sional Associations
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Indi­ana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Sagamore Inn of Court, Executive Committee
Reported Cases
  • Oaks v. Timothy Chamberlain, M.D. , 2017WL1953144 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017)
  • K.D. v. Cham­bers, 951 N.E.2d 855 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011) trans­fer denied, 962 N.E.2d 654 (Ind. 2011)
  • 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)
  • Hamil­ton v. Ash­ton, 846 N.E.2d 309 deci­sion clar­i­fied on reh’g, 850 N.E.2d 466 (Ind.Ct. App. 2006)
  • Blasko v. Menard, Inc., 831 N.E.2d 271 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • GYN-OB Con­sul­tants, L.L.C. v. Schopp, 780 N.E.2d 1206 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Clark v. Sporre, 777 N.E.2d 1166 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Bloemker v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 720 N.E.2d 753 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Nw. Nat. Ins. Co. v. Mapps, 717 N.E.2d 947 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Shene­field v. Bar­rette, 716 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
Sem­i­nars/Lec­tures/Publications
  • Health Law Symposium, “Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana – The New Frontier,” (ISBA), 2017
  • 2017 Hot Topics for Indiana Lawyers – Medical Malpractice (Allen County Bar Association), 2017
  • Planning Your First (ICLEF, Program Chair), 2017
  • 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,” The New Medical Malpractice Act (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)
Civic Activ­i­ties
  • WyldLife Middle School Leader, 2016 – present
  • YWAM Mission Adventure,San Antonio Del Mar Campus, Mexico, July 2017
  • Homes for Hope, Tijuana, Mexico, July 2015 & July 2017
  • Mission Uprising – The Well,  Sept 2017
  • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2016
  • Her­itage Chris­t­ian Camp Tecum­seh Devo­tional Leader 2015
  • Amer­i­can Her­itage Girls Camp Facil­i­ta­tor 2014
  • Alpha – Northview Church, 2010–2012
  • Women’s Dis­ci­ple­ship Walk, 2011–2012
  • Vol­un­teer Lawyer Pro­gram of North­east Indi­ana, 1999–2007
  • Junior Achieve­ment Vol­un­teer, 1999–2007
  • Law Day, 1999–2007
  • Dynamic Mar­riage Facilitator
Achievements

Tina has been named as an Indi­ana Super Lawyer (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Tina was named as a Top 50 Indi­ana Super Lawyer (2014) and a Top 25 Indi­ana Women Super Lawyer (2014). She was also named a North­east Indiana’s Future 40 (2008).

Tina and her husband, Jason, are the proud parents of two teenage girls. Tina is a very active part of the Heritage Christian community and attends Itown Church. Tina and her family have a love for working in the mission field together and consider their time there, both locally and abroad, to be one their greatest achievements.