Michael (“Mike”) Bell represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, focusing his practice on the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, employment-related torts, and civil rights claims under state and federal law. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Bell obtained his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English and History from Appalachian State University. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he captained the school’s Environmental Negotiation Moot Court team. Mr. Bell is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has repeatedly been named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine, an award given to the top 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys 40 or younger. Mr. Bell was also named in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in two categories: Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Mr. Bell has successfully litigated numerous disputes on behalf of employers involving a wide variety of employment law issues, including discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, unfair labor practices, collective bargaining agreements, covenants not to compete, trade secret misappropriation, and alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act. He also has broad experience in developing employee handbooks and employment contracts, training managers, reducing potential liability, addressing problematic employee relations situations, and responding to EEOC and state agency charges of discrimination.
- Gomez v. Ericsson, Inc., 828 F.3d 367 (5th Cir. 2016)
Fifth Circuit opinion unanimously affirming summary judgment grant in ERISA severance case following oral argument.
- Bishop v. Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, No. 05-13-00107-CV; 2014 WL 2921620 (Tex. App. – Dallas June 25, 2014, pet. denied).
Opinion affirming district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of employer in a workers’ compensation retaliation case.
- Askew v. Raytheon Co., No. 3:13–CV–4220–G; 2014 WL 1567916 (N.D. Tex April 17, 2014)
Order granting motion to dismiss as to most of employee’s discrimination and retaliation claims, including all claims against officers of the company.
- Taylor v. Bailey Tool & Manufacturing Co., 744 F.3d 944 (5th Cir. 2014)
Opinion affirming district court’s grant of motion to dismiss federal claims on relation-back issue that was a matter of first impression for the Fifth Circuit.
- Bell v. Raytheon Co., No. 3:08-CV-0702-G, 2009 WL 2365454 (N.D. Tex. July 31, 2009)
Order granting summary judgment motion in first Northern District of Texas age discrimination case after Supreme Court’s revision of the standard of proof in age discrimination cases in Gross v. FBL Financial Services.
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2003
- B.A., summa cum laude, Appalachian State University, 2000
Admittance to Practice
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Everything I Need to Know about Ethics in the Workplace I Learned at the Movies" - Chicago - May 6, 2016
- Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Reel Ethics" - Dallas - November 5, 2015
- 21st Annual State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Update - "Reductions in Force" - San Antonio - September 18, 2010
- Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Right-Sizing Your Workplace" - Dallas - November 5, 2009
- July/August 2008 - Journal of Corporate Recruiting and Leadership - "What You Do Know Can Hurt You: Potential Legal Pitfalls of Using Social Networking Websites in the Recruiting Process"
- May 2008 - Journal of Corporate Recruiting and Leadership - "Avoiding Discrimination Claims Stemming from Pre-employment Physical and Psychological Testing"
- November 2006 - Journal of Corporate Recruiting and Leadership - "When Johnny Comes Marching Home…and Needs a Job: Employment Discrimination Against Veterans"
- October 2006 - Journal of Corporate Recruiting and Leadership - "Considering Personal Appearance in the Recruiting Process"