Jodie Bell is a founding member of Bell, Tennent & Frogge, PLLC. Licensed to practice law in both California and Tennessee, Ms. Bell is an experienced trial attorney who has handled hundreds of criminal matters at various stages in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels. She has obtained favorable results from juries in both state and federal court.
In 1994, Ms. Bell graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with an emphasis in public interest law. While in law school, Ms.Bell interned at the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender, the First District Appellate Project and the Women's Employment Rights Clinic. Following graduation, Ms. Bell practiced law, primarily criminal defense, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ms. Bell moved to Tennessee in 1997 where she secured a clerkship with the late Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Thomas H. Shriver, assisting in researching issues and writing opinions. Following her clerkship, Ms. Bell began service as a Davidson County Assistant Public Defender where she handled thousands of criminal matters. She tried numerous felony jury trials including several complex first-degree murder cases. Prior to founding Bell, Tennent and Frogge, Ms. Bell continued her trial, appellate and post-conviction practice in the State and Federal Courts of Middle Tennessee, handling criminal and related matters. Because she is qualified to handle capital cases, Ms. Bell is frequently asked to handle complex first-degree murder cases where the State is seeking to impose the death penalty.
Ms. Bell is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Nashville Women's Political Caucus and the Lawyer's Association for Women. She currently sits on the CJA Panel Selection Committee for Middle Tennessee. Ms. Bell has also served as a board member for Reconciliation Prison Ministries and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.