James J. Bell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Paganelli Law Group
 | 10401 North Meridian Street, Suite 450
Indianapolis, IN 46290
Phone: 317-550-1306
Fax: 317-915-5886
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (40%)
Attorney Profile

James J. Bell has been selected to the Indiana Super Lawyers - Top 50 list for 2015-2016 and 2018-2019. James is an attorney at Paganelli Law Group, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. With clients located throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone and Hancock counties, he divides his practice between state and federal criminal defense and professional licensure issues. 

In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Bell provides representation to clients who have been charged by the state or federal government with misdemeanor or felony offenses. These have included such state charges as theft, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and drug possession or distribution. The types of federal crimes that Mr. Bell has experience in defending have encompassed wire fraud, securities or bank fraud, public corruption, and other white collar offenses. He also gives ethical advice to attorneys and represents them in licensure matters. 

He served as the 2018 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He is also a past chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. He has also served as the chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Legal Ethics Committe and as an adjunct professor of law at the IU - Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

Majoring in English and economics, Mr. Bell attended DePauw University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. He then enrolled at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, and earned his J.D. in 1999. 

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Bell has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. 

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 40%Professional Liability
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Ethics & Professional Responsibility


Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

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About James Bell

Admitted: 1999, Indiana

Professional Webpage: http://paganelligroup.com/james-bell/


  • Recognized as one of the top 50 lawyers in Indiana by "SuperLawyers", 2015, 2016
  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past Chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee
  • President, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor IU McKinney School of Law - Professional Responsibility, 2013

Educational Background:

  • DePauw University, B.A., 1996
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Office Location for James J. Bell

10401 North Meridian Street
Suite 450
Indianapolis, IN 46290

Phone: 317-550-1306

Fax: 317-915-5886

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Last Updated: 9/28/2019

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