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Margaret C. Bell

Margaret ("Margi") C. Bell is a founding member of Andrews • Lagasse • Branch & Bell LLP and specializes in all aspects of employment law. She provides quality and result-oriented representation for employers who are sued for harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and other related issues. She also represents employers before administrative agencies, such as the California Labor Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and others. Ms. Bell's clients include public and privately held companies, as well as public institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Bell also provides counseling and training to employers on best employment practices for the workplace. Ms. Bell offers a highly energetic and interactive training program on preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace, in compliance with the California mandatory training provisions. Ms. Bell lectures throughout the state at seminars and conferences on employment law issues.

Ms. Bell completed her undergraduate education in Communications at the University of California, San Diego in 1987. From 1985 to 1986, she attended the University of Paris (La Sarbonne) on a UCSD International Center scholarship. She graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1991, where she served as an Editor on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.

Before founding Andrews • Lagasse • Branch • Bell LLP in 2007, Ms. Bell was a shareholder at a large national employment law firm, where she practiced from 1991 to 2000, and a partner at a large full-service firm from 2000 to 2007, where she co-chaired the San Diego Employment Group.

Ms. Bell's peers selected her as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in San Diego in 2012, Top 50 Attorneys in San Diego in 2011 through 2014, one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego in 2010 through 2014 and voted to include her on the lists of Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of labor and employment law from 2009 through 2016.  In 2010, Ms. Bell was named a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in the area of labor and employment law. She was one of only 11 attorneys in her practice area selected by the San Diego legal community to receive this honor.  Also in 2010, Ms. Bell, along with her partners Jennifer Branch and Traci Lagasse, was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego's Women Who Mean Business, an award presented annually to women leaders in San Diego's business community.   She also has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating (AV Peer Review Rated) for her legal ability and ethical standards.

Ms. Bell has been active in the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management, where she served on its Board of Directors.   From 2006 to 2009, she served as its Vice President, Legislation, President-Elect and President.  Ms. Bell is a former member of the Point Loma Rotary Club, where she served on its Board of Directors and as a Co-Chair of the District-wide Task Force on Jobs for the Disabled.

Ms. Bell is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Bell can be contacted at:

Andrews • Lagasse • Branch & Bell LLP

4365 Executive Drive, Suite 950
San Diego, CA  92121

(ph) 858.345.5075
(f) 858.345.5076

mbell@albblaw.com
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