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Firm Overview

I practice primarily criminal defense work, and my firm was established in 1989.

Example cases

Scott County, Iowa Criminal Cases:

Main Office

Main
601 Brady Street
Suite 311
Davenport  IA  52803

Phone
  • (563) 326-4095
Fax
  • (563) 323-9309

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for up to 30 minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No.

Hourly Rates

$275 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday hours by special arrangements.

Office Manager

Mary

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Because it is the field in which Perry Mason practiced.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe it is important for clients to learn and understand the legal issues in their case so they can more effectively assist their attorney in the representation of their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Because preparation of documents is a small part of legal representation and fully understanding the legal ramifications of documents and being able to explain the reasons and justification for those documents is so important, I would likely discourage clients from preparing their own documents. This is particularly true in criminal defense cases.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I would likely discourage clients from representing themselves in a criminal defense matter. There are so many legal pit falls and the ramifications of making mistakes can be so severe, a client should not undertake self-representation.

Murray W. Bell

I practiced with the firm of Newport Bell and Oxley from 1988 to 1994. I practiced with the firm of Bell, Leon and Ramirez from 1994 to 1988.

I started working for my parents in their mom and pop bakery at the age of eight. I learned to work hard and the value of careful attention to detail.

I spent years in sales in a variety of fields and have years of experience in public speaking. All this experience gives me insight into the body language of potential and sitting juries and allows me to make a connection with members of the jury as they listen to my client's case.

My greatest strength is my ability to connect with jury members and make them understand my client's case.

Personal interests:

I enjoy Broadway musicals and classical music. I also enjoy working hard and learning new concepts and aspects of the law.

License
  • Bar Number: AT0000692
    Iowa , 1988
Education
  • University of Iowa, Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1988
    Iowa City, IA
    Moot Court.
  • Marycrest College
    Bachelor of Arts in Humanities , 1986
    Davenport, IA

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