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James W. Howard     Sharon Effatt Howard


James W. Howard

 

 

James W. Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 1955. Mr. Howard was in the first graduating class of School Without Walls, an innovative, experimental public high school in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University with a double major in journalism and psychology. In 1980, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the American University law school.

Mr. Howard was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980, where he initially practiced law with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. In 1981, he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. As a public defender in Fulton County, Georgia, Mr. Howard represented minors in juvenile court, drafted appellate briefs to the Georgia Court of Appeals and represented a wide range of felony defendants in Fulton Superior Court. In 1984, he went into private practice as a partner in an Atlanta law firm.

Mr. Howard has conducted more than 85 civil and criminal jury trials in state and federal courts. He also received permission to handle individual civil and criminal cases in other jurisdictions, including the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the Superior Court for Bronx, New York and two counties in Maryland. Mr. Howard and Sharon Howard generally work together as co-counsel in civil trials. Most of these civil cases involve catastrophic injuries resulting from medical malpractice, product liability or motor vehicle collisions. Mr. Howard has also taken the lead role in the successful litigation of consumer fraud and malicious prosecution claims.

Mr. Howard is recognized for his criminal defense work throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. He has successfully defended and resolved a large number of felony cases in the federal district court in Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County and Clayton County. He is experienced in defending a wide variety of criminal prosecutions that include drug trafficking, murder, armed robbery, rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, Medicaid fraud, theft and extortion. 


Education: 

American University (Juris Doctor, 1980)
Syracuse University (B.A. Double Major: Journalism & Psychology, 1977)
Earlham College (1975-77)

 

Court Admissions: 

U.S. Supreme Court 
Supreme Court of Georgia
Supreme Court of Florida
Court of Appeals of Georgia 
All Georgia state trial courts 
All Florida state trial courts 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of Georgia
The Florida Bar
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Gate City Bar Association
DeKalb Lawyers Association
Georgia Association of African-American Attorneys
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

 

Crismeily A. Alburquerque

 

 

Crismeily A. Alburquerque joined The Howard Law Firm, P.C. in 2013 as an associate, bringing her  skill as a bilingual litigator to the team. While a law student, Ms. Alburquerque focused her coursework on litigation and criminal law. She has been both a student assistant district attorney with the Kings County District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York; and a student public defender with the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since joining The Howard Law Firm, Ms. Alburquerque has focused her practice of law on civil litigation and minor criminal matters. 

Education: 

B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice (University of  Central Florida, 2008)         

Juris Doctor (Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012)

Admitted to Practice:

New York  (2013) | Georgia (2014)

 


 

Sharon Effatt Howard

 


Sharon Effatt Howard was born in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. on April 25, 1957. She graduated from high school at age 15; then she graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College at age 18. Ms. Howard worked as a legal secretary for almost one year before attending law school. She was the youngest member of her graduating class at American University Law School and received the "Law Student of The Year" award. The D.C. Area Clinical Program named her "The Most Outstanding Student Litigator" among law students in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Ms. Howard initially worked as an associate for an Atlanta firm that represented the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and the King family. Ms. Howard worked primarily on licensing agreements and contract matters. In 1981, she accepted a position as Associate General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board. For six years, she investigated and litigated a number of complex labor cases. 

Ms. Howard joined her husband's private practice in 1987 where she litigated numerous personal injury, civil rights and employment cases. Ms. Howard developed extensive experience in litigating complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, slip and falls, common carrier negligence and motor vehicle accidents. Ms. Howard is a certified mediator and limits her labor practice to the mediation of labor cases.

 

The Howards are committed to young people and giving back to the community. Ms. Howard served as President and an Executive Board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. She has been the lead attorney coach for the Tucker High School Mock Trial team for over 11 years and volunteers in numerous activities involving young people. The Howards fund a scholarship for minority and low-income students at American University Law School. The scholarship is given each year to a deserving student. She founded Discovery Academy, a private school in Lithonia, Georgia and has been a member of its Board for over 18 years. 


Education: 

 

American University, (Juris Doctor, 1980)
Herbert H. Lehman College (B.A. Political Science, Speech/Drama 1976)
Bronx Community College (A.A. Liberal Arts)

Court Admissions: 

 

Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
All Georgia state trial courts 
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 
U.S. Court to Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
Pro hac vice admissions:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia 
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Bronx, New York 

Professional Memberships: 

 

State Bar of Georgia
American Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers 
(former Atlanta Chapter President; Executive Board Member)
Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers
Gate City Bar Association
DeKalb Lawyers Association

 

 

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