About Mark BelloByline BIO: Mark Bello is an attorney, civil justice advocate, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series. One of the first to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse, Bello draws upon 42 years of courtroom experience and a passion for justice to write captivating novels and hard-hitting commentaries. Learn more at www.markmbello.com.
Broadcast BIO: Since the 1980s, the Catholic Church and insurance companies have paid out more than $3.8 billion in lawsuits and claims involving allegations of clerical sexual abuse. With us today is attorney, civil justice advocate, and award-winning novelist Mark Bello. Welcome, Mark. You were among the first to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse in the 1980s. Why has this problem been allowed to fester for so long?
Full BIO: Mark M. Bello is an attorney, civil justice advocate, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series. He draws upon 42 years of courtroom experience, a passion for justice, and his creative writing style to pen captivating novels for his readers and hard-hitting commentaries on controversies in the news.
Bello was one of the first attorneys to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse by clergy, an experience that inspired his debut novel, “Betrayal of Faith.” Through his “ripped from the headlines” novels, he takes readers deep into the courtroom fights to protect our most precious rights, and gives us a front row glimpse into what victims face when standing up for justice. His fourth novel, “Betrayal in Black,” is scheduled for release in 2019.
Bello is CEO and General Counsel for Lawsuit Financial, Inc., a national provider of lawsuit funding, and a leading expert on financing litigation. A native of Detroit, Mich., he earned his law degree from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Oakland University in Rochester.
In his books, articles, and blogs at www.markmbello.com and www.legalexaminer.com, Bello calls out abuses of power as he empowers readers, the media, and ordinary citizens to fight for their rights as guaranteed under the Constitution.
Bello and his spouse, Tobye, have four children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. For more information, visit www.markmbello.com.