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Hubert (Hugh) J. Bell Jr., Mediator, Atlanta, Georgia.

Hubert (Hugh) J. Bell Jr.

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Henning Mediation & Arbitration Services, Inc.
3350 Riverwood Pkwy
Lobby, Ste.75
Atlanta, GA, 30339
Tel: (404) 274-7600
Fax: (404) 274-7600
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Recognized to Georgia Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina

Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Insurance Umpire
  • Practice Commenced: 1984
  • Total Mediations (as of Apr 2020): 50
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Apr 2020): 100
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I provide mediation and arbitration services through both the American Arbitration Association and Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Inc. You may contact me at,, or You also may contact me directly by telephone at 404 582 8027. From 1976 to 1988, I served as an Inspector General and compliance auditor for federal government contracts at Headquarters, U. S. Army Forces Command and as a major weapons system contract coordinator on the Department of the Army General Staff at the Pentagon. Part of that time was service in the U.S. Army Reserve after leaving active duty in 1978. I began law school that year at the University of Georgia Law School and received my law degree, with honors, in 1981 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif (the law school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa for undergraduate school). I accepted an offer of employment with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP when I graduated in 1981 and have been working in the firm's construction and government contracts practice since then; a Partner since 1986.

Since 1984, I have been active in the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association, holding a series of leadership positions in the Section. I chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of its Construction Division, followed by three years as Chair of the Construction Division. I served on the Section's Council for three years and then was elected to progressive positions in the Section, ultimately leading to my becoming Chair of the Section for the 2003-2004 year. I then served two more years on the Section's Council and am a Fellow of the Section of Public Contract Law.

In addition, I have been a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the Litigation Section s Construction Law Committee since the early 1980's. I am also an active member of the Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and of the Atlanta Bar Association, and have been named to the list of Georgia Super Lawyers for 2004, 2007, and 2008.

I have had much training over the years by the American Arbitration Association and the American Bar Association as an arbitrator. I have been an active arbitrator on the AAA Panel of Neutrals for construction and commercial matters since 1985, and am also available through Henning Mediation & Arbitration.

I was initially trained as a mediator in 1997 and in 2004 had additional training at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law, together with more mediation training after completing the Pepperdine course. I have served as a mediator and as an advocate representing parties in many mediations in the last ten years. In addition, I have served as an arbitrator, both alone and as a member of a panel, in many arbitrations since 1985, as well as representing parties in many arbitrations since 1981. I am registered in General Mediation and Arbitration by the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Case Experience

  • Aviation
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes


  • Davidson College, A.B. (1966)
  • Pacific Lutheran University, M.A. (1974)
  • University of Georgia Law School; J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (1981)
  • Defense Procurement Management Course (1976)
  • Defense Advanced Procurement Management Course (1977)
  • Defense Utilities Contracting Course
  • Federal Supply Schedule Contracting Course

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia, DC Bar, Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association: Section Chair, Section of Public Contract Law(2003-2004); Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee 3 years; Chair, ADR Subcommittee; Chair, Construction Division (1995-98); member, Section Council (1997-2006), Litigation Section, Forum Committee on Construction Industry
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta: President (1998-1999); member Executive Committee (1993-2000)
  • Current member, American Arbitration Association ("AAA") Construction and Commercial Panels of Neutrals; member since 1985

Curent member,AAA National Panel of Construction Mediators

  • Current member, AAA National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Currently Co-Chair of the ADR Committee of the Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association
  • Selected as one of "Georgia SuperLawyers (2004, 2007, 2008)

Rates Information

My time is billed at the rate of $550.00 per hour for a mediation or arbitration in which there are two parties. Each party is billed for one-half of my hourly billings for the mediation. Where there are additional parties, my hourly rate is increased by $50.00 for each additional party and the total hourly rate is apportioned equally to each party. I will also bill any out of town travel expense, such as automobile, air fare, hotel, and meals at actual cost, apportioned as set out for the hourly rate, but I do not charge for my travel time unless working on your file. Any other out-of-pocket expenses will be billed separately.

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