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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

Why Choose Our Knoxville Criminal Defense Firm.

Selecting an attorney may be the most important decision of your life. A Knoxville criminal defense lawyer who has tried hundreds of criminal cases to verdicts before a judge and jury in challenging cases is essential when your freedom is at stake.

There are few lawyers in the area that have the trial experience that can produce a positive outcome, and who are willing to devote their time, resources, and energy to building a defense in a criminal case. Should you find yourself in need of Knoxville criminal defense attorney, contact our Tennessee criminal defense law firm now for an aggressive and seasoned criminal defense lawyer you can trust to stand up and fight for your rights and protect your future.

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

knoxville criminal defense lawyer operations manager

Shayne Cooper, Investigator

Look what past client's are saying...

David PalmerDavid Palmer
11:56 01 Jul 22
This is not just your “average” law firm. Mr. Bell was ALWAYS available to speak directly to me as was his staff. They treated me like family and more importantly I feel like they genuinely care about my personal life and my overall well-being! Mr. Bell is and absolute gentleman to my family & I and a consummate professional whenever I went to court! I NEVER worried when we went to court …TOGETHER! He took charge and was ALWAYS honest w/ me about what to expect and was almost like a father figure/professional when I was scarred- took AWESOME care of my loved ones and myself! His staff, and investigators were extremely thorough and at my disposal 100%!…ANYTIME!Mr Bell and his staff ALWAYS put my mind at ease and I would never THINK about using ANYONE else!!….EVER! After ALL I went through he, Cody and Shane NEVER left my side and was ALWAYS ON my side! I will forever be indebted to him- Even when he had to give me the HARD truth, he did it w/ genuine concern-then took care of me!He and staff are ABSOLUTE PROFESSIONALS!!!!
Dawn WhiteDawn White
22:22 03 Jun 22
Mr.Bell and his team helped our family through the most difficult time in our lives. They were professional, kind, informative, stern and saved our family. We will use them in the future and highly recommend them to anyone in need. They started as our attorneys and we now consider them family.
pauline manserpauline manser
00:14 28 May 22
Mr. James Bells law firm are superb they really care about their clients and work hard to get a fair trial and justice for all . His staff are wonderful and treat you like family so nice to feel they have your back and don't fill you with a lot of BS just explain how they think it's going in plain honest terms . We couldn't have picked a better law firm to fight for us and that's just what they did with a great result !!! Forever Grateful to the whole gang .
Ragnar LuxRagnar Lux
15:42 18 May 22
First let me say no one has asked me to write this review. I am a Retired Veteran and in full disclosure I am not using my real name to post but please don't let that turn you off...READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THESE AMAZING PROFESSIONALS.Jim and his team have represented me in traffic, personal, professional, criminal and family legal matters. Allegations were made against me that would have been life-changing but Mr. Bell got ahead of it and siezed the issue before escalating.Absolutely outstanding 5 - STAR service, care and consistency in work ethic. Jim's performance in court is like that of a nuclear bomb compared to these other attorney's who try to ride on being a veteran or $ thousand suited up talking heads who shoot B.B.'s in court or try to settle so they can get paid and leave clients wanting and wishing for more... Jim and his team FIGHT and FEROCIOUSLY FIGHT HARD... You want this guy in your foxhole and all the weapons and ammo he brings to the legal battlefield.These people do their homework and have exceeded my expectations every time.His office manage, Lori Hamblin is top-notch in customer service and follow up. Cody, the Paralegal, I have dealt with is smart as a whip and always kept me up to speed on my various cases.Having the benefit of an in-house investigator makes the difference between these other ambulance chasing and commercial marketing attorneys who are all talk and face with low performace.I just can't say enough about this team who has won for me every time both in and out of the court room. I HIGHLY recommend any one needing an attorney to call this "Triathletic" team before downgrading to anyone else.
Ralphine HuffRalphine Huff
08:51 21 Mar 22
Great lawyer! He really cares about his clients. He works hard to get you what you deserve. He always made me feel like i was important and was really concerned about what was happening to me. He never backed down and he made me feel like my life was what was important. I never felt like I was just a number to him. I would highly recommend him to anyone!!!
martha wikemartha wike
01:57 11 Mar 22
I was very pleased with the legal services Jim Bell provided our family. I felt very much at ease when talking with him, initially. He answered all of my questions, some of which were difficult and direct. His 40 plus years of experience as a litigator, and the professional relationships he cultivated over that time period in Knoxville paid off. He represented us himself, rather than having associates handle things. He was always available by phone and by email. His receptionist and associates were friendly, competent and reassuring. He never promised a specific outcome, but we always knew the plan. He always did what he said he would do. We got the outcome we wanted and the process felt fair. He was not inexpensive, but he was worth his fee. I would absolutely use his firm again if I ever needed to.
Misty GougeMisty Gouge
05:44 07 Mar 22
This is the most amazing law firm I have ever dealt with. I had the occasion to use James as an attorney twenty years ago with spectacular results. After twenty years, the results in my recent case were the same: spectacular. James, Shayne, Nicole and Cody were all unbelievably compassionate. They worked extremely hard from the first phone call to the firm until the final dismissal of the case. This is not your typical attorney who promises you the moon and then tries to get you to settle: he wants JUSTICE and he gets it. I will never use another attorney again as long as James A.H. Bell is practicing law. If you want results without the BS that you get from other law firms then hire these guys: they are the best. Thank you again from the bottom of my family's hearts for all you have done. It was definitely above and beyond.
Taquisha WorkmanTaquisha Workman
17:25 08 Feb 22
From the moment I sat down and spoke with Mr. Bell & Cody I knew I had come to the right place! They were very knowledgeable and efficient! Isaac & Shane did an amazing investigating my son’s case and getting it taking care of! I highly recommend this office. Everyone is AMAZING!
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.
Anonymous ClientAnonymous Client
00:52 26 Feb 21
Mr. James A.H. Bell Law firm settled three legal issues quickly. These legal issues were sensitive in nature, that would otherwise affect a 20 + year career. If I did not seek legal representation from this credible and community vested law firm, I would have had to forfeit my proprietary career.  I recommend this law firm.

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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