Colin Bell: On a hot streak

The last few months have proven very successful for Hankin Sandman Palladino & Weintrob attorney Colin G. Bell. He has put together a string professional, personal, and political accomplishments at an unrelenting pace.

 Things started off on the right track for Colin in the late spring, when he achieved a victory for one of HSPW’s many construction industry clients in a bid challenge proceeding in Cape May County.

HSPW’s client was the second lowest bidder on a multi-million dollar paving and storm drainage renovation project in a Cape May County shore town. The municipality initially intended to award the contract to the lowest bidder, but when Colin reviewed that company’s bid documents, he identified several defects that could disqualify it from receiving the project contract. An exhaustive investigation into the low bidder revealed additional facts that could called into question its ability to perform the contract. Colin filed a bid protest with the governing body of the municipality that resulted in the disqualification of the low bidder and the award of the $4 million dollar contract to HSPW’s client.

Shortly thereafter, Colin settled a major discrimination suit brought on behalf of an HSPW client against a local casino. The employee, a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard, felt he had been discriminated against and ultimately fired because of his obligation to perform military service on the weekends and thus not be available for work. Colin filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the guardsman under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. After several years of litigation and scores of depositions, the case settled recently for a confidential sum. It was especially gratifying that HSPW could provide representation to a member of our Armed Forces in his time of need.

In May, Colin learned that he had achieved certification from the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney. Less than 2% of New Jersey lawyers achieve civil trial certification, which is earned through a combination of substantial jury trial experience, favorable evaluation by opposing attorneys and judges, and passing a written examination on civil trial practice and procedure. It is a testament to his skills and expertise in trial situations.

In early June, Colin was selected by a seven member judging panel of the New Jersey Law Journal as one of its 50 New Leaders of the Bar in New Jersey, representing a new wave of leadership in the New Jersey legal community. He was one of the few Southern New Jersey attorneys selected for this honor.

Finally, also in June, Colin, already a member of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, won the primary for his party’s nomination to run for the New Jersey General Assembly in Legislative District 2, which encompasses most of Atlantic County. If the past is any indication, he will be off to victory in the general election in November.

With the year just over halfway over, we are sure that Colin has a lot more victories and accomplishment left in 2015.