Frank Bell

Frank Bell

Attorney at Law
Location:
Redwood City, California
Phone:
650-385-8683
877-362-4529 (Toll Free)
Fax:
650-366-8987
Email:

Mr. Bell is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California and the Unites States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco.

Mr. Bell has been attorney of record in cases at all levels of California and federal courts, including the United States and California Supreme Courts. He is a former Deputy Attorney General of California, Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for Northern California and State Public Defender of California.

The primary focus of Mr. Bell's practice is complex white collar and criminal litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Such matters include corporate, commercial and individual white collar and criminal matters such a R.I.C.O., fraud on government agencies, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, procurement fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, environmental offenses, securities matters, trade and customs violations, money laundering and financial structuring matters, homicide, three strikes, controlled substance (drug), domestic violence, theft, burglary, assault, arson and other complex criminal matters, including matters involving grand jury or trial witness representation.

Mr. Bell has taught at San Francisco Law School and has lectured on trial practice at various training programs sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative office of U.S. Courts and he was a faculty member of the National College for Criminal Defense.  Mr. Bell has also been AV rated by Martindale Hubble for 30 years.

Mr. Bell's practice involves the representation of persons or entities facing criminal or civil investigations, or involved in actual court proceedings, consultation or guidance of clients for education and policy-making, in the pre-investigation stage to avoid or minimize formal charges and consultation with attorneys and others regarding various legal, factual and tactical issues and jury selection.

 

EXPERIENCE:

 

FRANK BELL, A LAW CORPORATION, REDWOOD CITY

Complex federal and state criminal litigation (including United States v. Robert L. Boynton, et. al.- failure of National Bank of Carmel), R.I.C.O., white collar and commercial crimes, health care fraud, environmental crime, procurement fraud, fraud on federal and state agencies, Hobbs Act, computer chip theft, bank fraud, money laundering and financial structuring matters, tax fraud, conspiracy, capital murder, first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, solicitation of murder, major controlled substance violations, federal L.W.O.P. habeas corpus, grand jury and trial witness representation, etc. Civil litigation.

          LAW OFFICES OF JEFFREY HARRISON, SAN FRANCISCO, OF COUNSEL

  •  Complex white collar and criminal litigation in federal and state court. Complex commercial and civil litigation in state and federal courts involving the representation of an officer of Technical Equities Corporation in numerous state and federal lawsuits


OLIMPIA, WHELAN & LIVELY, SAN JOSE, OF COUNSEL

  • Complex criminal and white collar litigation in federal and state court. Complex commercial and civil litigation, including title insurance defense, antitrust commercial litigation, real estate, wrongful termination, employment and labor law, defamation, assault and battery. Firm clients included insurance companies, large and small corporations and other businesses and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants.
DIRECTOR, OFFICE STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER
  • Appointed State Public Defender by Governor of California; confirmed by State Senate. Directed and managed a statewide agency, which handled serious and complex criminal appeals. The agency had 100 employees in three regional offices and a budget of $7 million.

PRIVATE PRACTICE, SAN FRANCISCO AND PALO ALTO
  • Civil, commercial and criminal litigation in state and federal courts. Civil matters, including real estate development, real estate purchase and sale, commercial and residential landlord-tenant, general commercial litigation, general tort and family law. Criminal matters included complex federal and state litigation (including United States v. Roberto Gomez Soto - conspiracy to kill a United States District Judge and an Assistant United States Attorney).

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, SAN FRANCISCO, CHIEF ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER
  • Defense of complex and serious federal crimes (including United States v. Sara Jane Moore - attempt to kill President Gerald Ford and United States v. Larry Layton - conspiracy to kill, aiding and abetting the killing of Congressman Leo Ryan, capital murder on a federal reservation, murder on the high seas, other homicides) in U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court.
PRIVATE PRACTICE IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • General civil and criminal litigation practice. For one year, specialized in plaintiff personal injury and seaman's injury, and civil matters.
CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SACRAMENTO, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL II
  • Represented State of California in criminal writ and appellate matters in state and federal courts, vehicle forfeitures, advice to law enforcement.

 Miscellaneous

  • Instructor, San Francisco Law School
  • Instructor, National College of Criminal Defense
  • Rated A.V., Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in several Who's Who publications
  • Listed in the Martindale Hubbell "Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers
  • A Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society (info about this organization at www.trialcounsel.org)

Areas of Practice

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Attempted Murder
  • Auto Theft
  • Bank Fraud
  • Battery
  • Capital Murder
  • Civil Litigation
  • Computer Chip Theft
  • Conspiracy
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Environmental Crime
  • Federal Habeas Corpus
  • Federal and State Criminal Appeals
  • First Degree Murder
  • Fraud on Federal and State Agencies
  • Grand Jury and Trial Witness Representation
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Hobbs Act
  • Major Controlled Substance Violations
  • Manslaughter
  • Money Laundering and Financial Structuring Matters
  • Procurement Fraud
  • R.I.C.O.
  • Solicitation of Murder
  • Tax Fraud
  • Theft
  • Three Strikes Matters
  • White Collar and Commercial Crimes
  • 100% Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
    • A.B.
    • Major: Business (Finance)

Published Works

  • Beyond Rule 16: The Inherent Power of the Federal Court to Order Pre-Trial Discovery, 7 U.S.F. Law Review 233

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, San Francisco Law School
  • Instructor, National College of Criminal Defense

Honors and Awards

  • Rated A.V., Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Who's Who" Publications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defender's Association
  • Northern California Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Federal Indigent Criminal Defense Panel (Northern California)
  • Private Defender Panel, San Mateo County
  • Northern California Criminal Trial Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member, Committees on MCLE, O.R. Program and Private Defender Program
  • California Public Defenders Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • California Counsel of Criminal Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Jeffrey Harrison, San Francisco, Of Counsel
  • Olimpia, Whelan & Lively, San Jose, Of Counsel
  • Office State Public Defender, Director
  • Private Practice, San Francisco and Palo Alto, Attorney
  • Federal Public Defender, San Francisco, Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Private Practice, San Francisco, Attorney
  • California State Attorney General, Sacramento, Deputy Attorney General II

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi