A. James Bell joined the Labor & Employment Division of Koehler & Isaacs in January of 2019. Mr. Bell’s professional career has been focused on the civil rights and criminal defense of individuals in state and federal courts. In his twenty years’ of experience, Mr. Bell represented more than a thousand clients and successfully fought for his clients at every level in the New York State and Federal Courts.
Prior to joining Koehler & Isaacs, Mr. Bell was a successful solo practitioner focused on criminal defense in State and Federal Courts throughout New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Orange and Rockland Counties. From 1999 – 2004, Mr. Bell also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Office of the District Attorney, Kings County in Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. Bell currently serves on the Southern District of New York Criminal Justice Act Panel and the Kings County 18b panel, which provides criminal defense to indigent individuals. His cases range from low-level state misdemeanor allegations to highly complex federal racketeering conspiracies and federal criminal matters where clients face the possibility of the federal death penalty.
Mr. Bell is admitted to practice law in the Courts of the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also represented individuals Pro Hac Vice in the Federal and State Courts of the District of Columbia, Florida and New Jersey.
Mr. Bell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina where he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He received a law degree from David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C. While in law school, Mr. Bell also served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Earnest F. Hollings from South Carolina. In this role, he worked with staff attorneys and the Environmental Protection Agency to pass important legislation that mandated the clean up of hazardous contaminants and redevelopment of economically depressed areas in South Carolina.
Mr. Bell is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Kings County Bar Association and the Metropolitan Bar Association.