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James W. Howard

James W. Howard

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, White Collar Crime, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

About Me

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

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Criminal Defense: 33%
  2. Personal Injury: 27%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
  4. White Collar Crime: 15%
  5. Wrongful Death: 10%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Thomas L. Holder

    Jim is an outstanding attorney. I have referred cases to him in the past for which he has gotten excellent results. It is my pleasure to endorse him.


    Thomas Holder Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

The Howard Law Firm

1479 Brockett Road, Suite 200
Tucker, GA, 30084


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198107/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerThe Howard Law Firm, PC1991 - Present
Managing AttorneyHoward, Secret & Wilde1987 - 1991
PartnerFloyd, Howard & Ware1984 - Present
Public DefenderFulton County Public Defender's Office1981 - 1983
Staff AttorneyJacksonville Area Legal Aid1980 - 1981
Case AnalystEEOC - Federal Government1978 - 1980

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Georgia Alliance of African American AttorneysMember1992 - 1998
DeKalb Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1984 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1984 - Present
Gate City Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1981 - Present
Florida BarMember1980 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
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-18Acquittal
Frank Clark v. NPC International, Inc., Fulton Superior, 2011CV206983$1.8 million jury verdict

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Publication NameTitleDate
Daily ReportA study in contrasts2007

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Earlham CollegeN/AUnknown1977
Syracuse UniversityJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Syracuse UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
St. Patrick's Day seminarForfeitures2015
Annual Scholarship BreakfastCivil Rights - Police Confrontations with Black Males2015