Founder John Charles Bell has been a practicing attorney since 1991. After graduating from Cumberland School of Law and a brief stint with a private firm, he started his public service career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama where he handled a varied caseload including immigration. Upon retirement from that position in 2013, he started The Law Office of John Charles Bell with a primary focus upon immigration law but including criminal, civil, traffic, and estate matters.
John is an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law in Immigration Law and has received numerous professional achievement awards. He contributes his time and resources to multiple state, regional and national immigration-related associations.
Raised in the small town of Graysville, Alabama, John met his wife Jan while undergraduates at Vanderbilt University. Together, through birth and through international adoption, they have five children. Plus, over the years, they have shepherded a wide assortment of furry, finned, and feathered pets from dogs and cats to goats and geese.
While attending seminary at Vanderbilt, John along with wife Jan founded a faith-based non-profit in 1981 focused upon service-learning, outdoor adventure, and cross-cultural experiences for children, youth and families living with physical, intellectual, and economic challenges from Appalachia and around the globe. AdventureServe Ministries continues to thrive today.
Outside of community work and his legal career, John's life-long passion has been coaching children and youth in athletics, primarily baseball, basketball, and volleyball but also rock climbing. Success has been measured in trophies and championships. But more importantly to John has been the opportunity to mentor and plant seeds of life lessons with his players: the value of teamwork, hard work, optimism, and most importantly, never giving up.
John Charles Bell's unique and varied educational, professional, and personal background forms the foundation for his firm's philosophy in representing clients. He has assembled a top-notch diverse team of talented, experienced attorneys and paraprofessionals to offer each client personalized legal services, responsive customer service, with the highest professional standards of ethics and integrity.