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Lionel Bashore
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

17 S. Saginaw St, 2nd Floor, Pontiac, MI 48342


Lionel's clients rely on his passionate, aggressive style, knowledge of the law, forthright counseling and ability to achieve successful results. Lionel is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of the real property and business sections. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court (Eastern and Western Districts), United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Lionel is a graduate of Michigan State University and Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. Lionel is a trial and transactional attorney with extensive experience in commercial law and complex litigation. He represents major and small developers and business owners, builders, subcontractors, owners of commercial construction projects, and homeowners. Lionel also has expertise in entertainment law and represents various entertainers and others in the entertainment business.

Michele Nelson Bass
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

1325 Mountain View Dr, Aspen, CO 81611


Ms. Bass is a twenty- four (24) year civil trial lawyer with successful litigation experience in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country. She was affiliated with a boutique law firm located in CA and HI for over 20 years (from her office in Aspen) specializing in the defense of admiralty and recreational scuba diving cases involving wrongful death, intellectual property, product liability and professional negligence (trademark clients included “BodyGlove,” and “Greg Noll– Hawaiian Big Wave Surfer” surfboards and clothing line). Her practice areas include, employment, construction, real estate development, commercial/business and appellate work.

C. Michael Bee
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

500 Tracy Way, Charleston, WV 25311, USA


C. Michael Bee, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1950. B.A. Marietta College, 1971. J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1976. Admitted to West Virginia Bar 1976. Also admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia. Member, West Virginia State Bar. Member, Law School and Admissions Committee, 1988. Member, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and West Virginia Association for Justice. President, South Charleston Chamber of Commerce, 1987 and 1988. Served on the Board of Directors South Charleston Area Development Corporation; Board of Directors, South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau; served on the Board of Directors, West Virginia Brain Injury Association; Past President West Virginia Brain Injury Association; served on the Board of Directors of the National Brain Injury Association; President\'s Council for National Brain Injury Association; Past Chairman of the Development Committee for the National Head Injury Foundation. Presently, serves on the Board of Directors of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Elected to Outstanding Young Men of America. Speaks throughout the country on legal issues and funding issues confronting the traumatically brain injured individuals and their families. Mr. Bee has also taught at the University of Florida as an adjunct professor in their professional certification programs.

Paul Bekman
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

300 West Pratt St., Suite 450, Baltimore, MD 21201


Paul D. Bekman enters his fourth decade of practice as one of the most respected trial attorneys in the state of Maryland. Mr. Bekman is a tenacious and successful advocate for his clients\' interests, as demonstrated by the significant number of multi-million dollar awards he has won. The effectiveness of his practice is confirmed year after year by peer professionals. Best Lawyers in America has recognized him as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the country since 1989, and locally, Baltimore Magazine has recognized him similarly on multiple occasions. Mr. Bekman has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1993, a distinguished honor achieved by less than 1% of the nation\'s lawyers. In 1997-98, he served as President of the Maryland State Bar Association, the first plaintiff\'s attorney ever to hold that position for the 19,000-member organization. Mr. Bekman enthusiastically shares his expertise with other lawyers and students of the law through bar leadership positions, as a longstanding member of the MICPEL faculty, and most recently, as Chair of the University of Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors. He received the distinguished graduate award in 2010. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the 11 Living Legal Legends by the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

Jalila Bell
Charter Member
Civil Litigation

615, 11 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, USA


Ms. Bell is a well-known securities attorney with a uniquely diverse background from experience representing a wide range of clients in securities and commercial arbitration, litigation and, regulatory matters, from investors to industry professionals. She has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in securities related settlements and awards for her clients. As an aggressive litigator, her unique background enables her to see both sides of the dispute and anticipate the opposition. In her nearly thirty years of experience, Ms. Malecki has handled thousands of investor, intra-industry and employment matters, arbitrations, litigation proceedings and appeals, contested governmental, regulatory, and self-regulatory investigations and hearings, as well as mediations, settlements, Acceptance, Waiver and Consent Orders (“AWC”s) and whistleblower complaints. She has also represented investor and industry witnesses and cooperators before various governmental, regulatory and self-regulatory bodies in hearings and settlements.Ms. Malecki was also the Vice President on the Board of Directors of the PIABA Foundation, an investor educational non-profit group with a mission to educate investors and provide the public with information about abuses in the financial services industry and the securities dispute resolution process.