Shayne Cooper is an integral member of the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. as the Chief Staff Investigator. Mr. Cooper’s involvement with the firm is to organize, investigate and prepare all cases for court, as necessary. Mr. Cooper’s contacts with the state and federal law enforcement community, and his unique computer research skills has enabled the lawyers to fully and completely uncover defenses that are often overlooked by other investigators who provide independent contract aid to other law firms. Because Mr. Cooper is employed in-house full time, the client also has a contact person the client can feel has his/her best interest at heart, as Mr. Cooper’s relationship is legally confidential to the outside world and protected under the attorney – client privilege and work product privilege.
Mr. Cooper comes from a distinguished law enforcement background, having served more than a decade with the Knoxville Police Department. Mr. Cooper served with distinction and respect as a patrol officer and criminal investigator. He has surveillance experience, traffic management experience, white collar crimes experience, narcotic crimes experience, undercover investigation experience, and child protection experience. His remarkable computer skills in Microsoft Works, Word, and PowerPoint have frequently been the difference that makes the difference in the cases within the office. Mr. Cooper holds an Associate Degree in Police Science, and holds numerous licenses and certificates in various scientific, forensic and computer from police and law enforcement conferences around the United States. Mr. Cooper’s work ethic is one of a tireless and relentless seeking of key facts and components in the defense of criminal cases, and in the prosecution of civil accident cases. Mr. Cooper has been on staff with the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P. C. since April, 2006.
In-House Investigator Expense and Other Commentary:
At the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C., Mr. Cooper is paid salary, so that the client does not have to pay “extra” or hourly for investigation on the client’s case. When independent contract investigators are hired by the lawyer for the client, the investigation costs (in addition to the attorney fees) can run more than a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. This investigation cost is absorbed by the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. by the setting of the fee for legal representation and the client does not get surprises with added investigation expense that was not budgeted for the case, unless the legal contract for legal services establishes a pay by the hour. Additionally, Mr. Bell has invested several thousand dollars for forensic equipment for the sole use of the Chief Staff Investigator. Mr. Cooper has his own elaborate HQ within the confines of the law firm, which makes the transition of information to the lawyers and other staff immediate. We at the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C. have found these advantages make the investigative work more unique for the client and for the case. Clients do not have to wait for the investigator to appear at the lawyer’s office, as Mr. Cooper’s office and equipment is located within the physical plant of the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C.