Michael Bell

Blank Rome LLP

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Texas Avenue 717
Houston 77002 TX US

Michael K. Bell is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”). Michael Bell concentrates his practice in complex maritime litigation and corporate transactions.

He has more than 40 years of experience, both domestically and internationally, counseling shipping companies, oil service companies, major petrochemical producers, refiners, offshore construction companies, and terminal operators in various matters, including:

  • maritime casualties, including ship collisions, sinkings, groundings, explosions, and fires
  • charterparty disputes
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • coastwise trade
  • negotiating and drafting complex maritime agreements, including vessel construction, purchase and sale; time, voyage and bareboat charterparties; towage; contracts of affreightment; bills of lading; master services agreements; general terms and conditions; indemnity and insurance provisions
  • general commercial litigation
  • maritime environmental law, including oil spills
  • maritime general average cases
  • maritime piracy cases
  • OCSLA transactions, disputes and oilfield contracts

Chambers USA notes that “Clients describe Michael as ‘probably the top maritime lawyer in Houston’” and further notes, “He has significant experience handling maritime casualties, charterparty disputes and insurance coverage disputes as well as contentious environmental matters.”

Chambers USA has also noted that “Clients admire that he ‘tends to speak freely and directly’ and that ‘he’s well connected to the industry so gets different perspectives.’”

Michael served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and also served as an attorney for both the Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Justice.


  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, BS, with honors
  • George Washington University Law School, JD, with honors


  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association


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