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Michael M. Bell

Co-Leader, Financial Institutions Practice Group


Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.
  • with honors
Adrian College, B.A.
  • Political Science


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Mr. Bell serves as Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions Practice Group at Honigman. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, class action defense strategies, business law, and real estate. He represents financial institutions throughout the United States and has completed over 35 M&A transactions in the past five years. In 2011, he pioneered a new option for credit unions to achieve rapid growth with the first purchase of a bank by a credit union. In this space, he has completed all but four credit union purchases of banks and has become the nationwide leader and go-to legal adviser. Mr. Bell has also helped credit unions acquire other businesses, including real estate brokerages, mortgage originators, and specialized lenders. He additionally advises financial institutions on all regulatory matters at the state and federal level. Mr. Bell has extensive experience counseling individual entrepreneurs through publicly traded companies on strategies such as growth in difficult economic climates, business restructuring, and strategic planning.

In order to provide the very best legal and strategic advice, Mr. Bell uses his personal experience as an entrepreneur to examine the business side of the legal issues his clients encounter and works to fully understand each individual and the inner workings of his or her company.


Representative Matters

  • Completed the first purchase of a bank by state chartered credit union
  • Completed the first purchase of a stock owned bank by a credit union
  • Completed new mechanisms for financial institutions to invest capital and grow
  • Completed the first purchase of a bank by a credit union



  • Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2014-2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2013-2018
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Leader in the Law," 2017
  • dbusiness, "Top Lawyers," 2016
  • Credit Union Times, "Trailblazer 40 Below," 2013

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Adrian College, Member, Board of Trustees, 2020 - Present 
  • Potawatomi Zoological Society, Member, Board of Trustees, 2020 - Present

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