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Just because a police officer says it doesn't make it so.

Behave yourself; if not, call me (tm).


Languages spoken: English, Mandarin

Contact info

Atlanta, GA

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    16 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. General Practice: 10%
    16 years, 200 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Phillip Darrell Kimbrell

    Buster, also known as James, is a dedicated and smart attorney. He works hard for his clients and does not stop until he secures a good result for them. He is a strong trial attorney and not scared to fight for his client. I highly recommend Buster to anyone in need of a seasoned and well experienced criminal attorney!


    Phillip Kimbrell DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer.Not only that James is a good friend of mine, but also one of the best lawyers in metro Atlanta. James is well liked by judges, fellow criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors. James is honest and fights zealously for client’s rights. His knowledge and trial experience make him the right person to get the very best outcome for your case. He is often hired by other attorneys to handle complex issues with difficult criminal defense cases. I frequently have referred clients to Mr. Dangerfield and they are all extremely pleased with the quality of his work. He is a gentleman of kind disposition and impeccable integrity. His work ethic is as remarkable as his character. Without reservation, he enjoys my trust and confidence. Friendly and outgoing. Very hard working and particularly devoted to his craft. I recommend him with enthusiasm.


    Henri Spehar Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


SCGood Standing201507/03/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
City of Atlanta Office of Public Defender Attorney of the MonthCity of Atlanta Office of Public Defender2006
Distinguished AlumnusBishop England High School, Charleston (S.C.)1998
Charleston Civitan Citizenship AwardCivitan Club of Charleston (S.C.)1990
Msgr John L. Manning Catholicity AwardRev P N Lynch Assembly, Knights of Columbus1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerJames E Dangerfield, LLC2008 - Present
General CounselCarey Limousine of Atlanta1999 - Present
LawyerDaryl G. LeCroy and Associates, LLC2003 - 2005
Assistant Public DefenderCity of Atlanta2001 - 2008
Student AttorneyGeorgia State University Federal Tax Clinic1998 - 1999
Assistant SolicitorCity of Atlanta Solicitor1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defenders of Drinking Drivers (DODD) -- Georgia ChapterMember2008 - Present
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseMember2008 - Present
The Commerce Club of GeorgiaMember2000 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Stonewall Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
IPTAYMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. N.F.Not Guilty
State v. Eliot GreenDUI reduced to Reckless Driving on day of trial
State v Sammy PlowdenReduced to Reckless Driving
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Clemson SpectatorIn Defense of Single-Sex Education1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Clemson UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Bishop England High SchoolN/AN/A1990