James Bell

Attorney at Law 

Life at PLG:

  • 2018 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

  • Leads PLG’s criminal defense and professional discipline team, using nearly 20 years of experience to help his clients.

  • Recognized as one of the top 50 lawyers in Indiana by "SuperLawyers" in 2015, 2016, and 2019; listed in “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Life before PLG:

  • Former partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, a large Midwestern law firm, where he practiced white-collar criminal defense and professional ethics defense.

  • Former major felony public defender.

  • Served as an adjunct professor of legal ethics at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

  • Past chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and the Indiana State Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee.

  • Graduated from DePauw University (B.A. 1996) and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law (J.D. 1999).

Life beyond PLG:

  • One of the most sought-after speakers on legal ethics and criminal practice issues in Indiana.

  • Host of the popular “Amateur Lifecoach” series of online video presentations on professional ethics.

  • Lives in Indianapolis with his wife and their three small children.

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Tel: 317.550.1855
Fax: 317.569.6016
Email: james@paganelligroup.com