GEORGETOWN, S.C. – Bell Legal Group is pleased to announce that partner J. Ryan Heiskell has been formally admitted to practice law before the District of Columbia Superior Court and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Mr. Heiskell was sworn in Friday, January 6, in a ceremony that took place in Washington, D.C., before a panel of three judges.
“My congratulations go out to Ryan for his hard work and achievement. Since its inception, Bell Legal Group has taken an active role in government relations and other legal issues pertaining to the practice of law in the nation’s capitol,” said senior partner, J. Edward Bell. “Having a member of our team represented on the D.C. Bar will give the firm a larger national presence and serve as support for our ongoing Washington interests.”
Mr. Heiskell focuses his practice on automotive safety/product liability and environmental law. He received his law degree in 2007 from Ohio Northern University and spent his summers as a law clerk for the Michie Hamlett Law Firm in Charlottesville, Va. Recognized for his legal research in the sudden acceleration case of Huber vs. Ford, he was hired by the Bell Legal Group team to help prepare for the 2006 Watson vs. Ford case. His research proved integral to the firm’s successful $18 million verdict in the sudden acceleration case against Ford.
Since joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Heiskell has served as counsel in several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. His experience includes managing products liability cases involving Ford, GB, Chrysler, Toyota, Kia and Nissan and has represented clients in the field of Environmental Law with pollution claims against International Paper, and Camp Lejeune. He’s currently lead counsel representing a large group of landowners in a West Virginia oil and gas case against a multi-billion-dollar Texas oil company.
He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Georgetown Bar Association, on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of South Carolina and is an active member of his community.