Leonard M. Bell, Attorney at Law
In fond memory and with utmost respect (Deceased December 13, 2009):
Leonard Bell was admitted to practice law in Arizona in April of 1968. He served many years as an Assistant Attorney General as a lead attorney for property acquisition and eminent domain actions. His private practice experience included an of counsel relationship with Dushoff and McCall, exclusively handling eminent domain matters.
Leonard's practice focused on appraisal litigation involving eminent domain issues and ad valorem taxes. He had particular experience with severance damage claims and the valuation of undeveloped land. In one reported case, City of Phoenix v. Wilson, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed with Mr. Bell’s approach to severance damages concerning undeveloped land. Similarly, in 2002, in City of Prescott v. Storm, a Yavapai County jury agreed with Mr. Bell’s approach as to the potential of undeveloped land and rendered an award of $1,700,000, in which the City had initially offered the owners $306,000.
Leonard made presentations for continuing legal education (CLE) programs in the area of eminent domain and contributed as a presenter for CLE International in its “The Appraisal of Real Estate” seminar.