Colin Bell joined the firm now known as Hankin Sandman Palladino Weintrob & Bell in 2008.
Focusing on construction, commercial, and employment litigation, as well as appellate advocacy,
Mr. Bell also has significant experience in election law and local government law.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with University Honors at American University, Mr. Bell
attended American University Washington College of Law, graduating cum laude with a Juris
Doctor. While in law school, he participated in Moot Court and Mock Trial Honor Society, received
the Newman Prize for Trial Advocacy, and was a Semi-Finalist in the ABA National Trial Advocacy
Mr. Bell began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael Donio, Presiding Judge of
the Criminal Part of the New Jersey Superior Court during the 2005-2006 term. He then joined
the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, where he was assigned to the Grand Jury and Trial Sections.
During his tenure as an Assistant County Prosecutor, Bell gained substantial jury trial experience. He
also served as a police legal advisor and police academy instructor, and received advanced training at
the Justice Department’s Trial Advocacy Center.
Active in politics, Mr. Bell represented the Atlantic County area in the New Jersey State Senate from
2017-2018 and was previously elected to a three-year term on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen
Freeholders, where he served from 2013-2015. He is also a deputy vice-chair of the New Jersey
Democratic State Committee.
In 2008, Atlantic City Weekly recognized Mr. Bell as one of the Greater Atlantic City area’s “Top 40
Under 40.” The New Jersey Law Journal selected him as a “New Leader of the Bar” in 2015, and
New Jersey Super Lawyers named him a “Rising Star” in the field of Business Litigation from
2010-2015. Mr. Bell serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services and is a prior board
member of Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club, Atlantic City Veterans’ Initiative, and Stockton
University Holocaust Resource Center.
Mr. Bell is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney and serves as a
member of the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection. He is rated AV-Preeminent by