Mark M. Bell

Construction stakeholders and insurance policyholders benefit from Mark’s assistance in a wide range of construction and insurance disputes. 
Mark handles insurance-coverage matters involving:

  • Directors and officers insurance
  • Cyber liability insurance
  • Errors and omissions insurance
  • Commercial general liability insurance
  • Commercial property insurance
  • Builders' risk insurance

One representative case involved successfully representing a policyholder in a construction insurance-coverage dispute before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s decision in Forrest Construction v. The Cincinnati Insurance Co., 703 F.3d 359 (6th Cir. 2013).

Mark is a highly sought-after speaker at national insurance industry events. He has presented at annual insurance coverage conferences across the country including, Florida, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Hawaii.
Mark has been awarded the professional Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) insurance designation and frequently writes on insurance-coverage issues, publishing articles in the Construction Lawyer, Appleman on Insurance, Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc, Ohio Northern University Law Review, Faulkner Law Review, Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review and other online publications. His article on concurrent causation, published in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, has been cited in opinions by the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and briefs submitted to the Florida Supreme Court. Mark also serves as an editor for the CGL Reporter and contributes a regular column on construction liability insurance as an invited commentator with the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI).   


  • President-Elect, Middle Tennessee CPCU Society
  • Editor, CGL Reporter Board, International Risk Management Institute (IRMI)
  • Vice President, Middle Tennessee CPCU Society
  • Member, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU)
  • Member, Trial, Tort, and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA, Insurance Coverage Section

Prior Affiliations

  • Extern, The Honorable Jay S. Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2009
  • Intern, Zuffa, LLC / Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Las Vegas, 2009
  • Claims Adjuster, Progressive Insurance, Las Vegas, 2005-2007


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2010
    • Order of the Coif
    • Vanderbilt Law Review
      • Associate Editor
    • Scholastic Excellence Awards
      • Insurance Law
      • Corporations
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, Economics, 2005

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • All State Courts Tennessee
  • All State Courts Texas

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Mark is an hobbyist woodworker and furniture maker in his spare time.