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Neema M. Bell

Partner
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Direct419.321.1410
Fax419.241.6894
nbell@slk-law.com

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Andrea Nyers
Direct419.321.1280
anyers@slk-law.com

A seasoned lawyer, Neema has extensive experience in all types of commercial and employment defense litigation. She regularly represents small and large business clients in a variety of business disputes, litigation, and administrative matters. Neema has substantial experience in a number of specialty areas, including employment, media and constitutional law, and class actions.

Neema began her legal practice as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard B. McQuade, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division. For the past 24 years, she has been primarily engaged in defending civil litigants. Neema has extensive experience in representing both individuals and business clients in commercial disputes.

In the employment area, Neema has been recognized in Best Lawyers of America® in the civil rights and employment area and has successfully handled significant numbers of sexual harassment and other civil rights investigations, administrative matters before the Ohio and Michigan Civil Rights Commissions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U. S. Department of Education. She has also defended against civil actions stemming from those types of administrative matters.

In addition, Neema has significant experience representing clients in disputes arising under various federal laws, including:

  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Federal Rehabilitation Act (FRA)
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
  • Environmental and civil rights laws

Honors

  • Mercy College of Ohio Misericordia et Cura Award
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers "Toledo Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year," 2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 - 2018
  • Toledo Business Journal, "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law"
  • YWCA Milestone Award, Government
  • Order of the Coif

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Inns of Court, Morrison Waite Chapter, Master Member
  • Lucas County Board of Mental Health & Recovery Services, Appointee, Chairman of the Programs & Finance Committee; Past Board Vice -Chairman
  • Maumee Municipal Court, Lucas County, Former Acting Judge
  • Mercy College, Board of Trustees, former Member
  • The University of Toledo College of Law National Advisory Council
  • The University of Toledo Foundation Board, Member
  • Toledo Bar Association Grievance Committee, Member
  • Toledo Chapter of The Links, Inc.
  • WGTE, Member of Advisory Council; Former Trustee, Past Secretary
  • YMCA/JCC Regional Board of Trustees, Past Vice Chairman, Past Chairman of Strategic Planning Committee

News Releases

09.10.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Toledo Business Journal’s "Who’s Who In Toledo Area Law"
08.15.2018Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019
12.07.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
08.17.2017Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018
12.13.2016Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
08.16.2016Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2017
12.07.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
08.19.2015Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2016
12.01.2014Neema Bell Featured in AALP Discipline Publication
08.21.201483 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015
08.15.201383 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
08.28.201281 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
05.25.2012Neema Bell Recipient of Mercy College of Ohio Misericordia et Cura Award
05.24.2012Neema Bell Served as Moderator at Press Club of Toledo Panel Discussion
09.07.201170 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America® 2012
08.12.201070 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011
02.05.2010Neema Bell Selected as a 2010 Honoree for the YWCA Milestones Award

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Education

  • J.D., with honors, The University of Toledo, Order of the Coif, 1986
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1974
  • B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1987

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