| Mar-28-19

NACDS Senior Vice President and General Counsel Don Bell was recently named the only association general counsel to the “GC Powerlist” by The Legal 500, which has analyzed the capabilities of lawyers across the world for 32 years. Bell joins general counsels from several NACDS member companies on the list. The “GC Powerlist”—a series of publications highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers in business today—recognizes in-house corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward.

With input from law firm partners and in-house counsel across the U.S., the “GC Powerlist” identifies approximately 100 general counsels “that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow.”

Bell joined NACDS as director of regulatory affairs in 1998. He advanced to general counsel in 2006 and senior vice president in 2008. Bell initiated the major role NACDS plays in litigating on behalf of its chain pharmacy members and works closely with member companies daily, assisting them with legal and compliance issues facing pharmacies.

“The ongoing transformation of the U.S. healthcare system presents major challenges—and opportunities—for our member companies every day. Another example is the ongoing opioid crisis. We are working hard to demonstrate that pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry can be part of the solution to drug abuse problems.”

Bell’s leadership has led to the integration of the legal department into much of NACDS’ work, ensuring not only legal compliance but also more effective and holistic representation of NACDS member companies. Bell said, “The ongoing transformation of the U.S. healthcare system presents major challenges—and opportunities—for our member companies every day. Another example is the ongoing opioid crisis. We are working hard to demonstrate that pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry can be part of the solution to drug abuse problems.”

NACDS congratulates Bell on this distinguished and well-deserved honor among his peers.