Legal Elite – Real Estate 2011
FRANK M. BELL JR. Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem
I like the environment for practicing law in North Carolina, and I cannot picture myself practicing anywhere else. If I were to live elsewhere, I might live in a region that produces pinot noir grapes, for example Sonoma County, Calif. I’d be a vintner, unless the vines were too expensive, and if they were, a sommelier. Since I am a “dirt” lawyer, it would be interesting to focus on another “terroir.”
Vita: Born March 13, 1937, in Charlotte; bachelor’s from Duke University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife, three children, a stepchild and five grandchildren. Why he chose this field: I’m fond of history, my major in college, and real property — who previously and who currently owns it and what has been done with it from a historical aspect. Memorable case: Drafting several condominium documents for some of the first high-rise condos on the coast of North Carolina and, as chair of the North Carolina Bar Association real-property condominium committee, assisting in the drafting of the second-generation condominium statute, which was adopted in 1986. Passions: Getting the deal right, good wine and beautiful places, usually where trout live. Favorite book: The Story of Civilization: The Age of Reason Begins by Will and Ariel Durant. Recent Reading: The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida. Don’t ask him to: Take advantage of another lawyer’s mistake.
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