John Charles Bell

John Charles Bell

Founding Attorney

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.


  • Immigration Law
  • Traffic/DUI
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense


  • Alabama 1991
  • Georgia 1991 (inactive)
  • Tennessee 1992 (inactive)
  • 11th Circuit 1992
  • 6th Circuit 1992
  • Birmingham Bar Association


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama J.D. 1991
  • Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesee M. Div. 1982
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, B.S. School of Arts & Science 1978



  • FOIA and the Privacy Act (USAO-NDA and Lorman)
  • ACE Litigation (Lorman, Georgia Bar)
  • Bankruptcy (Eastern Division NDAL Bankruptcy Bar)
  • Immigration (DOJ Columbia, S.C., Chaired and instructed in the Cumberland School of Law’s first Immigration CLE 2015 and 2017)


  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating Legal and Ethical Standards since 2003-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating Legal and Ethical Standards from the Bar and Judiciary since 2016- Present
  • Jaycees: Outstanding Young Alabamian 1992
  • Department of Justice Volunteer Service Award 1992, 1993, 1996-1999
  • On The Spot Award/Non-Monetary Award 1993, 1996, 2007-2009 Outstanding Performance Rating 1994
  • Special Achievement Performance Award 1997, 1998, 2000-2005, 2007
  • Special recognition and presentation by United States Department of Agriculture June 28, 2002
  • Special recognition and presentation by NASA November 12, 2003
  • Selected To Be in the First Leadership Academy Conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama 2006-07
  • Selected To Be In The First Leadership Academy II Conducted By The United States Attorney's Office For The Northern District Of Alabama 2007-08
  • One of two presenters for the team that won best project for the first Leadership Academy and selected to be in the first Leadership Academy II conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama 2007-08
  • Special Recognition From DHS/ICE New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013
  • Special Recognition From OIG Dept. Health And Human Services, 2013
  • Special Recognition From U. S. Dept. Of Interior 2013
  • Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Assoc. Advocacy Committee for Alabama 2017-18

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.