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I have been licensed to practice law in California. for more than 35 years. I began my career as a legal aid attorney and I have continued to allocate some of my professional efforts to pro bono legal work for organizations and individuals throughout my life. I have held numerous offices in professional organizations since I began to practice law. Those offices range from serving on boards of community organizations to being Vice-President of the State Bar of California.


I assist the court by taking appointments for representation of adults and children in difficult cases. I have been a lecturer for continuing legal education and community legal education for many years. I have never had a disciplinary action througout my career. I have been a  Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California for more than 15 years. I have served as President of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists of California.


My website is: The one complaint on this website posted 10 years ago by a person who was not an actual client should be ignored. 


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
    36 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    36 years



Hourly ($300-385/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Joe is a very competent and thorough attorney, and represents his clients well. His professionalism and ethics make him a pleasure to work with.


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Contact info

Bell Joseph J Attorney At Law

350 Crown Point Circle
Suite 250
Grass Valley, CA, 95945-9524


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
President 2009Association of Certified Family Law Specialists2009
Vice President, State Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia State Bar1997
President, Nevada County BarNevada County Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Court appointed counsel - Juvenile DependencyNevada County Superior Court2003 - Present
Organization AttorneyVarious Non-Profit Organizations1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
SAC LegalMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Nevada County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Placer County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of California Family Law SpecialistsFormer President2005 - 2010
Judicial Council of California, Family and Juvenile Law Advisory CommitteeMember1997 - 2000
California State BarFormer Vice President1995 - 1997
Legislative and Court Relations and Legal Services CommitteesMember1994 - 1997
Nevada County Bar AssociationFormer President1986 - 1987
Tahoe-Truckee Bar AssociationMember1985 - 2011
State Bar of CaliforniaDelegate, Conference of Delegates1984 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists NewsLegislative Reports2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New College of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of NevadaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Nevada County Annual FL UpdateFamily Law Continuing Education2015
Nevada County Annual FL UpdateFamily Law Continuing Education2014
Nevada County Annual FL UpdateFamily Law Continuing Education2013
Nevada County Annual FL UpdateFamily Law Continuing Education2012