Joseph J. Bell Jr. found the law firm of the Bell Law Group, P.C. after years in private practice and service in government and politics. Joe's legal experience is primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, county and municipal government, civil rights, criminal law, DUI/DWI and tort law. He earned his Bachelorâs degree from Montclair State University, a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law and an L.L.M. in Labor and Employment Law from New York University. Joe is admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, New York State, the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, the United State Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey. He also maintains bar memberships and associations with New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Employment Model Jury Charges, Lawyers for Justice in Northern Ireland, the National Association of Employment Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New Jersey Institute of Government Attorneys, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association, the Warren County Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association.
Joe has a considerable record of service to his community. He began his early career as a school teacher at Barringer High School in Newark. From the beginning Joe has participated in politics serving as a congressional aide and in various campaigns and volunteer positions. In 1983, while still a law student, Joe was elected to the position of Morris County Clerk. In that time he came up with various initiatives to improve the office. Notably, the Ballot for the Blind, gained national recognition and is now employed by most jurisdictions in the country.
Upon completing his term as County Clerk, Joe began a career in private practice at Dorsey, Pryor and Bell. As a young attorney, Joe began serving as assistant municipal counsel for several municipalities and as a municipal prosecutor. In 1993, he opened his own practice. Since that time, Joe has went on to build his reputation as an excellent attorney.
The firm has several key decisions and Joe is undefeated in three appearances before the New Jersey Supreme Court. He is well respected among his peers, who have voted him a Super Lawyer on four (4) occasions.
In his personal time Joe continues to enjoy teaching and has taught classes in Civil Liberties and Local Government as an adjunct professor.