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Neema M. Bell

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


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Neema M. Bell 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, and the U. S. Department of Education and has defended against civil actions stemming from those types of administrative matters.

She also has significant experience representing clients in disputes arising under various federal laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Rehabilitation Act (FRA), Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), environmental and civil rights laws.


  • Mercy College of Ohio Misericordia et Cura Award
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 - 2018
  • 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

Alternate biographies




  • 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




2018 Super Lawyers bio