Joanne Emily Bell

Partner

Fax (516) 794-1277

Overview

Joanne has over 30 years of experience defending clients for insurance companies and defending self-insured or uninsured construction companies. She specializes in construction site injuries, New York Labor Law, construction defect cases, municipal liability, products liability, sports and recreation and general liability. Joanne is also well versed in the coverage issues and contractual issues that arise from those claims, and handles any resulting appeals. Joanne was a former counsel of record for an insurance carrier managing two offices while providing oversight of her attorneys’ cases and handling her own. Joanne handles claims from the onset of investigation through discovery to trial and appeal. Joanne drafts construction contracts for her private clients as well.

Representative Cases

  • Spielmann v. 170 Broadway NYC LP, No. 152835/2015, 2020 WL 5948745 (1st Dep’t 2020) – obtained reversal of summary judgment.
  • Kenny v. Turner Constr. Co., 155 A.D.3d 479, 65 N.Y.S.3d 17 (1st Dep’t 2017)
  • Delahaye v. Saint Anns School, 40 A.D.3d 679, 836 N.Y.S.2d 233 (2d Dep’t 2007)
  • Deleon v. State of New York, 22 A.D.3d 786, 803 N.Y.S.2d 692 (2d Dep’t 2005)
  • Panagiotou v. Samaritan Village, Inc., 66 A.D.3d 979, 886 N.Y.S.2d 806 (2d Dep’t 2009)
  • Kosarin v. W & S Associates, LP, 6 A.D.3d 503, 774 N.Y.S.2d 420 (2d Dep’t 2004)
  • Loiek v. 1133 Fifth Avenue Corp., 46 A.D.3d 766, 848 N.Y.S.2d 333 (2d Dep’t 2007)
  • Duffy v. Suffolk County High School Hockey League, Inc., 289 A.D.2d 368, 734 N.Y.S.2d 613 (2d Dep’t 2001)

Articles and Presentations

  • New York State Bar Association – Labor Law & Construction Site Accidents, December 7, 2012; December 9, 2011; December 3, 2010

Practice Areas

  • General liability and insurance
    defense
  • Personal injury
  • Professional liability defense

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1983
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • United States Supreme Court, 1990

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1982
  • B.A., SUNY at Buffalo, Political Science, with Honors, 1979
    • Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa