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Knoxville, TN Premier Criminal Defense Law Firm


Our firm is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, We handle criminal defense, personal injury and administrative law matters. We are committed to helping clients overcome the pain, suffering and loss from a personal injury or accident. Our legal team will work relentlessly to obtain justus for those that have been wrongly accused of crime.

Welcome to Tennessee's Best

Criminal defense law firm.

Our law firm strives to stand out from the competition by providing the highest level of customer service, and the firm is committed to listening and responding to your unique legal needs.

Been charged or under investigation for a crime?

…If you have been arrested or are currently under investigation by the police, or believe that you may be facing criminal charges, it is critical that you consult with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense lawyer immediately.


Nationally Recognized Criminal Defense Attorney With Over 40 Years of Trial Experience.

Mr. Bell is a veteran Tennessee criminal defense attorney and personal injury lawyer, having litigated more than 1,000 contested cases in motions, trials, or hearings. Over the course of those many contested trials, Mr. Bell has argued his client’s position before Chancellors, Administrative Law Judges, Trial Judges (without jury) and citizen juries, on the local, state, federal, and appellate level.

When Your in Need Of an Experienced Tennessee Criminal Defense Attorney Look No Further.

Our attorneys are highly skilled and highly trained litigation team with an outstanding history litigating for the citizen for excellent results.  both in Tennessee and thorough out the United States.  With our skilled team of dedicated professionals, we have personally represented thousands of clients. The commentary from our former clients are illustrative of our efforts and work product

Our Strategy

We have on staff licensed investigator that can respond immediately to preserve evidence in your case.

We have access to numerous technical resources which are essential to the successful preparation of both criminal and civil cases.

In combination with our decades of trial experience and the in-house resources, we are equipped with the necessary legal tools for the best possible presentation of a client’s case before a judge or jury. We have also a ton of national experts for assistance in most disciplines for your particular case.


Our entire staff of paralegals, legal secretaries, and our own in-house private investigator work closely with the attorneys to communicate and coordinate with clients during the difficult and stressful litigation period. 

Lori Hablien, Operations Manager

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Shayne Cooper, Investigator

Look what past client's are saying...

Kristy GilmanKristy Gilman
17:21 11 Dec 21
Mr. Bell and his firm are committed to making sure his clients receive their fair shake from the law. They stay with you every step of the way. From the first meeting all the way through your day in court, Jim is there with you. He has a plan. He's ready for anything. He's not there to cut a deal and make friends. He represents YOU!
Brenda HumphreyBrenda Humphrey
21:41 05 Aug 21
I am so grateful for Jim's passion, dedication and professionalism. He truly is the BEST to work with. His amazing legal work he did on my behalf helped me through a challenging moment in my life. He worked tirelessly to ensure things worked in my favor. His legal expertise, limitless time, intense efforts, analytical skills and knowledge exceeded my expectations. I have known Jim for over 40 years and am blessed to call him my friend.
Kirsten ApplegateKirsten Applegate
19:36 05 Aug 21
James Bell is a magician attorney. His paralegal Cody Evans is also amazing. I had a very difficult legal and civil case including the board of nursing that I honestly thought I would end up in prison over. James (Jim) and Cody worked tirelessly for me to stay out of prison and to preserve my professional license. They treat you like you're they're most important case. They keep you in the loop continuously and you're never left guessing. Your longevity shouldn't be trusted with just anyone! Here you're VIP and priority! Hire them!
Matt MartinMatt Martin
21:03 04 Aug 21
Mr. Bell, Shame, Cody everyone behind the scenes thank you for your time and effort in my case. James Bell is worth every penny you pay, he isn't one of those sit on the side lines and cower like a puppy with its tail between its legs type Attorney. No!! He is a bulldog in court room and will speak up for you. At first I was worried after hiring a timid attorney who made me feel like I was doomed. Jim makes his presence known in the court room citing documents and photographs that his whole team works around the clock to fight for you! I have received respect and honesty the entire way through. Never did I feel like it were a guessing game of "when's my attorney going to update me" "are we still on" "did you forget about me". Contacting me was on point. When the worst came James Bell had my back and fought for me. Thank you again. And I would 110% recommend James A.H. Bell to anyone in need of an attorney. He will stand up to the court room bullies for you.
Pete ShearerPete Shearer
17:50 03 Aug 21
My local attorney provided me a list of lawyers who belong to the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. When I picked Mr. Bell from the list based on his Lifetime Membership and credentials, little did I know I picked "The Man." Mr. Bell, Mr. Cooper, and Mrs. Hamblin have been attentive, compassionate, empathetic, and DRIVEN to work for this client. Living 580 miles away appeared to be a difficult distance to manage things. But They were "next door." If you're shopping for "The Man" to represent you, think twice about grabbing the phone number off of a billboard or a fancy advertisement. Choose wisely. Choose experience.Choose the Bell Team.You'll be writing the same google review as I am.And you'll also find out they work to WIN.

Our Location

Our Offices are located where the 4th and Gill, Old North Knoxville, and the Old City neighborhoods come together in the heart of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The firm is located in a century-old 8500 square foot facility, showcasing one of the best private law libraries in the South.

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