Richard Bellah, Esq.

As an experienced attorney, businessman, civic leader, and honored public servant, Richard Bellah is well-known for his ability to resolve problems by bringing parties together to achieve the best solution for their issues.  Throughout his extensive career, he has served as both a member and leader of numerous public and private boards and associations, allowing him to develop a varied and extremely successful set of problem-solving approaches through a vast spectrum of settings.  Such breadth of experience allows Mr. Bellah to apply the most effective mediation and alternative dispute resolution techniques and methods available to settle matters quickly and completely.

Mr. Bellah brings to ADR West his extensive experience as a trial attorney admitted to practice in not only all Arizona courts, but also the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the President of the Emmaus Evangelical Association, and co-founder of the Arizona Christian Schools Tuition Organization.  Additionally, Mr. Bellah has served as a pro tem Justice of the Peace and has held active leadership roles with the City of Glendale, Arizona, including terms as Councilman and Vice-Mayor.

Prior to graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1980, Mr. Bellah served as an intern with the Arizona State Legislature, and was a member of both the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, ASU Chapter Wall of Fame, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, selected the Most Outstanding Chapter Justice/President in the USA.   His Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University allows him to understand the complexities and challenges of the business world, as demonstrated both through his successful management of his law firm and the numerous honors he has received as a business and community leader.

His extensive experience as a trial attorney handling civil/business/family law matters, coupled with the depth of his civic leadership skills and public service perspective give Mr. Bellah a unique ability to quickly understand both sides of complex issues.  This distinctive combination of skills and experience make him particularly qualified as a mediator for parties involved in the alternative dispute resolution process.