- Email: Patricia.Bello@lewisbrisbois.com
- Phone: 304.553.0107
- Fax: 304.932.0265
Patricia Bello is a partner in the Charleston, West Virginia office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practice. Ms. Bello has extensive experience in all aspects of managing complex litigation, including successfully drafting and arguing dispositive motions, conducting and defending depositions, defending against claims for punitive damages, negotiating settlements, and assisting with all aspects of litigation and trial preparation.
Ms. Bello’s specific experience includes representation of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, and premises owners in toxic tort claims involving asbestos and other industrial exposures to toxic substances; defense of catastrophic personal injury claims, including those arising from automobile accidents, trucking accidents, and industrial accidents; and representation of clients in environmental litigation matters, including but not limited to the defense of citizen suits under a range of federal environmental statutes such as RCRA, CERCLA, and the Clean Water Act.
In addition, Ms. Bello has successfully defended physicians and hospitals in medical professional liability actions seeking damages for personal injury and wrongful death at both the state and federal level. She also has significant appellate experience in drafting appeals and writs of prohibition before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Ms. Bello graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2010. At Dayton, she was active in both Moot Court and Law Review. Ms. Bello received the “Best Brief Award” for her efforts in the Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition held at Dayton and, her law review article entitled, "Tinkering with Restrictions on Educator Speech: Can School Boards Restrict What Educators Say on Social Networking Sites?" was selected for publication in Volume 36, Issue 1, of the University of Dayton Law Review. During law school, Ms. Bello also served as a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Meagher, and as a legal extern for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
- "Tinkering with Restrictions on Educator Speech: Can School Boards Restrict What Educators Say on Social Networking Sites?" University of Dayton Law Review, Volume 36, Issue 1
- Co‑author with Gretchen Callas, "Preemption: Where does the Court stand after Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, LLC and Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.?," Law360, March 2011
- Co‑author with Gretchen Callas, "What did we learn?: Examining the Court's Recent Decisions on Preemption," Law360, July 2011
Fund for the Arts, Blues Brews & BBQ/ Wine & All That Jazz Festival, planning board member
State Bar Admissions
- West Virginia
United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
- United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
United States Courts of Appeals
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Member, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
- Member, Defense Research Institute
- Litigation Counsel of America
Awards & Honors
- Best Lawyers in America® - 'Best Lawyers' Litigation – Environmental and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2024)
- 2014 – 2018 West Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Action/Mass Tort.
- Best Brief Award, Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition, University of Dayton School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2010
University of Akron
Bachelor of Arts, 2007