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James W. Howard

Criminal defense Attorney at Tucker, GA

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 42 years
    Florida - FL 43 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1981
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1980
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About James

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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.


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The Howard Law Firm
1479 Brockett Road, Suite 200
Tucker, GA, 30084


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Posted by Bernard | August 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Facing Life... Charges dropped!
If you need great lawyers that care, hire them! They worked their a*ses off for me from start to finish, over the course of a year. I was charged with 3 counts of ag assault, 2 counts of ag battery, false imprisonment and kidnapping with bodily harm. They took me from facing life in prison to charges dropped by caring and actually looking at the evidence to fully understand the case. I was falsely accused of all the above and they went above and beyond to prove it. They never tried to get me to take a deal. James & Leif Howard fought for me as if I were family. I will forever be Greatfully to the Howard Law Firm. THANK YOU!
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Posted by Laverne | February 20, 2023
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What a blessing!
They knew all the details of my case that had over five people over a three year fight. They were willing to fight and invest in my case as if I were family. They didn't try and ask or force me to settle my case for an extremely unfair and unreasonable amount like most law firms around Atlanta seem to do. They are definitely not a mill law firm. I would (and have) recommend the Howard Law Firm to anyone needing assistance in a civil (criminal matter). I hope I don't ever need an attorneys again, unless it is for something wonderful. If I did need help again, I hope it's from them. They were a blessing and helped me when no other attorneys would regarding a difficult matter. I was able to pay off a 30 year mortgage in twelve years because of their help and more!
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2019
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Exceptional Lawyer
Attorney Howard handled everything for me. I only had to come in to handle documentation and he kept me abreast with my case. Thank you!
Posted by Venice | November 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Dream Team!!!
Mr. Howard and his Dream Team took over my case when my previous attorney hinted that I should plea to a lesser charge. Not only did the Howard Firm spearhead my defense, I was found NOT GUILTY of ALL charges. Thank you Howard Firm, you gave me back my life!!!!
Posted by Kevin | August 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney James Howard is Exceptional
I hired Attorney Howard to defend me in a case in which I was wrongly accused. I was facing felony charges with a maximum of 30 years of incarceration. Attorney Howard was extremely knowledgable and proactive in defending me. With his defense all charges were dropped and I have been able to resume my regular life. I recommend Attorney James W. Howard based not only on the great work that he did on my case but also for his responsiveness, expertise, patience, and empathy.
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Posted by Frank | August 10, 2015
They get results!
This is the type of law firm that you want working your case. Getting the end result is extremely important to your case. And by getting the end result, you understand that they knew what they were doing the entire time. Listen to them and let them do their job. They will not sell you out. My end result was seven figures and had a great impact on my life.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2015
Worth every penny!!!
Mr. Howard took the time out to go over and beyond. I felt like he sincerely cared about my well-being and outcome of my case. He approached the case with zeal and confidence. In the courtroom, he went at the prosecutor like a bull...a well informed and knowledgeable bull that is. My case was dismissed within moments in a county that is VERY difficult to attain motions to suppress evidence... thanks Jim!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2014
Excellent Attorney who gave me great service and representation.
Mr. Howard helped me in a defense of a challenge alleging unprofessional behavior from a regulatory agency in Georgia. I had a subpoena to turn over some business records. He helped in talking and writing briefs to the agency that I would comply with the subpoena if the agency could validate a legitimate justification for the subpoena. The agency investigator was aggressive and on a "fishing expedition" and was very relentless. Mr. Howard buffered me from the investigator who was acting unprofessional himself and the investigation of me was ultimately resolved in a satisfactory way. He is a caring and talented attorney and I highly recommend him in any business or civil matter.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Howard Law Firm, PC
  • 1991 - Present
  • Partner
  • Floyd, Howard & Ware
  • 1984 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Howard, Secret & Wilde
  • 1987 - 1991
  • 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
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Earlham College
  • 1977
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Charles Jackson, NDGa, 1:14-CR-77
  • Acquittal
  • US v. Phillip Alexander, NDGa, 2:12-CR-18
  • Acquittal
  • Wilson v. Powder Springs, et al., NDGa, 1:13-CV-1696
  • $250,000 settlement
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  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • 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
  • Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys
  • Advocacy Committee Chairman
  • 1992 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Leeza Cherniak Award of the Sword
  • Federal Defender Program, Inc.
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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  • Daily Report
  • A study in contrasts
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • St. Patrick's Day seminar
  • Forfeitures
  • 2015
  • Annual Scholarship Breakfast
  • Civil Rights - Police Confrontations with Black Males
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Civil rights Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. My son had a case where he was wrongfully arrested by a police department here in Georgia and fictitious charges were discussed among officers and subsequently charged. The charges were later dropped and Attorney Howard initiated a 1983 suit against said police department and won. He is a professional and comes highly recommended."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He fights vigorously for his clients. He doesn't back down. You can count on Mr. Howard to do a good job."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Friend
"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."
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