Focused Areas of Practice
Eminent Domain & Condemnation Litigation
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Undergrad (2007)
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Graduate School (2009)
Elon University School of Law (2013)
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 government planning and public policy to assist clients in complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on cases involving claims for personal injury and workers' compensation.