Day of Action: Attorney/author helps connect families during COVID-19 crisis


Video conferencing with families and friends has become a way of life for many during COVID-19, but for those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the simple act of seeing loved ones is often a challenge. Facilities have limited - if any - equipment. Initiating or receiving video calls requires significant advanced planning.

Attorney/author Mark M. Bello is working to change that. Bello is donating multiple video conferencing units to Provision Living at West Bloomfield, making it easier for residents to connect to their loved ones with more frequency.

"We've been hearing that 'we're all in this together,' for months," says Bello, author of the Detroit based Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series novels. "But for so many who are living in institutions, being together is no longer an option. We want our donation to help parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles connect with the people they love."

The donation by Bello on September 10 was part of a national outreach event known as the Day of Action - a collaborative effort by some of the nation's leading plaintiff attorneys, members of a national group of attorneys (The Injury Board) who wish only to make a difference in their local communities.

"When we're at our best, attorneys help people," Bello said. "Most often, our assistance centers on providing legal counsel and accomplishing our clients' legal goals. But attorneys are also quite charitable and very willing to serve their communities; doing well by doing good, if you will. In these challenging, disconnected days, this 'Day of Action' has lawyers all across the country are doing just that-serving and leading their communities. In this case, I'm proud to be assisting our most vulnerable family members in staying connected to their family members."

The Injury Board is a professional association of trial attorneys who pool their time, talents and resources to expand the footprint of grassroots organizations. In doing so, the association aims to contribute to the strengthening of our communities. For more information, visit

In addition to being a novelist, Bello runs his legal finance company, writes a civil justice blog, and co-hosts a weekly podcast, "Journey into Justice." He has written articles for numerous publications and made guest appearances on radio and talk shows.

In his spare time, Bello enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Tobye, have four children and eight grandchildren.


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