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Thomas Christopher Bell

Workers compensation Attorney

4.5   8 reviews

also known as Chris Bell

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Workers compensation
    Insurance Defense

Injured people need help and don't know where to turn.  Helping people is my job, and it's my passion.  As an attorney with a background in strategic planning, I use my education and experience to help clients recover quickly and fairly for their injuries.  Whether you're injured in a motor vehicle collision, an on-the-job accidentor, or due to the negligence of another person, the first step in getting back on your feet is to come up with a plan of action.  That is where I, and the Speaks Law Firm team can help.  No matter the extent of a client's injuries, my team can help develop a comprehensive and practical strategy to address the many issues that arise following an accident.  From dealing with medical bills and lost wages to coordinating car repairs and wrangling insurance adjusters, there's a plan for every case. 


Chris Bell moved Coastal North Carolina in 2003 to begin his undergraduate studies at UNC Wilmington.  During his time at UNCW, Chris was recognized for his leadership and service efforts while serving as President of the Graduating Class of 2007.  As a result of his contributions to the university, Chris was honored as the 2007 recipient of UNCW’s Distinguished Service Award.  Chris received bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the spring 2007 UNCW Commencement Ceremony, where he delivered a farewell address on behalf of fellow graduates. 


Chris later received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, from UNCW in 2009.  As part of his program of study, Chris advanced concentrations in the areas of Strategic Planning & Public Policy Development.  Upon receiving his Master’s, Chris served as a management fellow in the Troy, North Carolina, City Manager’s Office.  Following his management fellowship, Chris worked as a technology-policy consultant for federal government procurement projects in the Washington D.C. area. 


In May of 2013, Chris was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the Elon University School of Law, where he completed advanced coursework in the areas of Complex Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property and Internet Law, Tax and Practice & Procedure, Federal Criminal Pre-Trial Practice, and North Carolina Secured Transactions.  During that time, Chris also served as a clerk to the Honorable Judge Robert M. Wilkins of North Carolina’s 19th Judicial District.  As a judicial clerk, Chris performed research, legal analysis, and drafted judicial opinions and orders on behalf of the Court.  Chris was recruited by Speaks Law Firm as a Summer Associate in 2012, and was hired as a permanent associate attorney the following year.  

As an Associate Attorney of Speaks Law Firm, Chris leverages his background in strategic planning and public policy to assist clients in complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on cases involving claims for Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.

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4.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Chelsea | May 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver Lawyer
Chris helped me and my fiancé with our car wreck, and was able to help us get money for our totaled car, and got our medical bills covered even though neither of us had insurance. The Speaks Law team was great to work with, and always answered questions when we had them. I can't recommend these guys highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2014
Incredibly Helpful
Mr. Bell helped me and my family after an automobile accident. The lawyers and staff at his firm were good about calling me with updates about my case and answering questions. Mr. Speaks and Mr. Bell were excellent lawyers, but the best thing they did was take the stress of my accident off me by having their paralegal talk to the insurance company for me. I will definitely use Speaks Law Firm again the next time I need a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
Thanks you so much!!!!
Chris handled four cases for me between July and December; I was wrongfully accused by my baby's mother and her new boyfriend and I was facing more than 5 felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. Chris got ALL of the charges dropped, and even helped me avoid losing my financial aid for school. Chris and the people at his law firm are amazing, and I owe them my freedom.
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Posted by James | August 20, 2014
Incredibly Dedicated Attorney
After an angry ex took out false criminal charges against me, I was on the verge of losing my job and my home. Mr. Bell not only got the charges dismissed, but was able to get the case closed before my court date (which was over a month away!)
Posted by Chris | June 6, 2014
Professional, Punctual, and Straightforward.
Mr. Bell handled my case with the highest level of professionalism. I was treated with respect and punctuality throughout our correspondence, and I knew that if I had any questions about my case, I'd get an honest and straightforward answer. The charge brought against me could have had damaging implications for my career, and Mr. Bell was highly sensitive of my situation. He was aware of the subtleties of navigating the courtroom, and was able to secure the most favorable outcome for my case. I'd recommend Chris Bell without reservation to anyone in need of his services.
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Posted by Mary | May 21, 2014
Highly recommend
I called by 10am one morning, was accepted as a client and had completed all necessary paperwork by noon. I should note that my call was only a few weeks before my traffic court date. Mr. Bell called me himself the same day of the hearing and took care of everything! I was very impressed and will definitely call Mr. Bell if I need legal assistance in the future.
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Posted by Jaclyn | November 21, 2013
Excellent Attorney!
Mr. Bell has been extremely helpful in handling my case. He has paid great attention to detail and promptly updated me on every aspect and new development along the way. He was very thorough, dedicated, and determined to get the best possible outcome for my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Bell to anyone looking for an attorney in the Wilmington area.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very poor service! No return phone calls, emails are ignored. They will promise you the sun and moon to get you to hire them then after that....poor/no service. They also inflated the estimated amount the insurance company should pay for your injuries, again to get you to hire them, when in reality, you will get pennies on the dollar! I wish I had dealt with the insurance company myself, I would have done better!
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Response from Thomas Bell April 13, 2017
Anonymous, I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience - without knowing any of the details about your case or your circumstances, I can't really respond. What you've described definitely does not sound like the experience or the results that are typical of our firm. If you're uncomfortable providing any details or context online, I would encourage you to contact me or my office directly - my email address is [email protected]. I'll do my best to address your questions and concerns. Best, Chris
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-33%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Accredited Attorney No. 29986
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Speaks Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Speaks Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • N.C. Courts
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Elon Univeristy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • MPA - Master of Public Administration
  • 2009
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v. Maldonado
  • Guilty of a Lesser Offense


  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Claims Attorney No. 29986
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2013 - Present
  • UNC Wilmington MPA Alumni Association
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • "10 Best Attorney" - Workers' Compensation
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Litigation
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Officer, Criminal Law Society
  • Elon University School of Law
  • 2012
  • President, MPA Graduate Student Association
  • UNC Wilmington - Dept. of Public & International Affairs
  • 2008
  • Distinuished Service Award
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (36)
Endorse Thomas
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Bell's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bell was a dedicated and intelligent classmate in law school. He, no doubt, carries these characteristics in his law practice. Trustworthy and an advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Having reviewed and supervised Chris' work since before he received his license to practice law, I completely and without reservation endorse him in every area of practice. As an exceptional advocate with an knack for identifying inventive and novel legal arguments, Chris has an uncanny ability to produce results for his clients, even when the case law or facts aren't necessarily on his side. For these, and many many other reasons, I would unconditionally trust Chris to help me with my client's cases, and with my own if I ever find myself in need of legal assistance."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer! I've known Chris for many years. Without a doubt, his level-headed positivity and enthusiasm for the law gives him a significant advantage in and outside of the courtroom. Most importantly, Chris really cares about his clients and works hard to make sure they get the best possible outcome. Hire Chris for your next criminal or personal injury matter!"
Litigation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very smart, good guy who will be an effective and tireless advocate for his clients. I endorse him without reservation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer. He is an excellent advocate for his clients because he will go above and beyond to meet their legal needs. He is trustworthy and reliable."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Nothing is scarier than being hurt on the job and wondering how you will support your family. Chris can help keep body and soul together during this tough time and get you the benefits you deserve. Comp is a statutory driven area of the law and he Chris knows the ins and outs."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Other
"Chris is an excellent attorney who knows the ins and outs of the work comp system. I would recommend him to anyone who is having problems with getting their benefits."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Chris. He is a talented lawyer who is both knowledgeable and hard working. Most importantly, he cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of attending law school with Attorney Bell, and I confidently recommend him not just for worker's compensation, but in all areas of practice. He has incredible integrity, and he will take excellent care of any client."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Christopher and the Speaks Law Firm. His professionalism and devotion to his clients and their cause is of the highest order and consistent with the sterling statewide reputation established by the Firm's founding partner R. Clarke Speaks. Christopher's case preparation and efforts towards resolving cases in his client's favor is well known well beyond the New Hanover County area. I would not hesitate to refer him cases in all of his areas of practice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Friend
"Chris is an enthusiastic attorney. I have known Chris for three years and first met him in law school. He is a very diligent, knowledgeable and hardworking attorney. His work is always excellent and he has his client's best interest at heart. I strongly recommend Chris to anyone who needs a workers compensation attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is a bright young attorney who is enthusiastic in his advocacy for his clients. I have met few other attorneys who are as hard-working and thorough as Chris, and he is always a pleasure to work with. His positive attitude and endurance continue on until a solution is reached show through in his clients satisfaction with his representation. I recommend Chris to anyone needed legal services."
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