My law firm aggressively pursues civil and criminal litigation in all of the state and federal courts in Georgia. In civil cases, my firm primarily represents plaintiffs in cases involving catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. We have litigated a variety of tort claims based on medical malpractice, products liability, negligence and intentional torts. We prosecute and defend a wide variety of civil claims on behalf of individuals and small businesses.
I have aggressively defended felony criminal prosecutions in Georgia since 1981. My criminal practice in the federal courts frequently involves multi-defendant conspiracy cases. I have also defended criminal prosecutions in Florida, Alabama, New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
A portion of my civil practice is associated with my criminal defense work. For example, I handle § 1983 civil rights claims, expungements, and civil forfeitures related to criminal prosecutions. In my opinion, criminal defense work sets the ground rules for our society’s commitment to equal justice. My primary accomplishment as a criminal defense attorney is my consistent and aggressive advocacy for the interests of each individual client.
I am very proud of results I achieved in specific civil and criminal cases which demonstrate my commitment to equal justice under the law. A few of these cases are summarized in this appropriate section of this profile. However, every case is different, so I look forward to addressing and resolving the new problems that are faced by every new client.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 1980
I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim Howard for over 30 years. He is a fine and fearless attorney who always represents his clients in an outstanding matter. I have worked with him on several complex cases: he knew the law and was a great advocate in the courtroom. And, perhaps most importantly, he is completely trustworthy.
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I had the honor to work along side Jim Howard in the defense of attempted murder charges in New Jersey. Jim is thorough and his analysis is spot-on. He understood the legal principles involved in our case and was able to communicate those principles to the jury. His approach to the court and to the jury instilled confidence in the client. His credibility with the court and with the jury was, on a scale of 1 to 10, an 11. The result was spectacular. The court dismissed some charges. Jim convinced the prosecutor to dismiss another. The jury took care of the rest by acquitting the client on the remaining counts. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Jim.
William Howes Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1981||08/22/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Owner||The Howard Law Firm, PC||1991 - Present|
|Managing Attorney||Howard, Secret & Wilde||1987 - 1991|
|Partner||Floyd, Howard & Ware||1984 - Present|
|Public Defender||Fulton County Public Defender's Office||1981 - 1983|
|Staff Attorney||Jacksonville Area Legal Aid||1980 - 1981|
|Case Analyst||EEOC - Federal Government||1978 - 1980|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||Member||2003 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1995 - Present|
|Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys||Advocacy Committee Chairman||1992 - 1998|
|DeKalb Lawyers Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1984 - Present|
|Gate City Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1981 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1980 - Present|
|Felicia Blake v. General Motors Corp., Fulton State, 237 Ga.App. 426 (1999)||Plaintiff verdict for $3,800,000 jury verdict upheld on appeal, 237 Ga.App. 426|
|US v. Phillip Alexander, NDGa, 2:12-CR-18||Acquittal|
|Frank Clark v. NPC International, Inc., Fulton Superior, 2011CV206983||$1.8 million jury verdict|
|Daily Report||A study in contrasts||2007|
|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Syracuse University||Journalism||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Syracuse University||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|St. Patrick's Day seminar||Forfeitures||2015|
|Annual Scholarship Breakfast||Civil Rights - Police Confrontations with Black Males||2015|