Attorney - James W. Standard, Jr


James W. Standard, Jr
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6977
F: 678-539-1616
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Mr. Standard has been practicing law since 1998. In 1991, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. In 1998, he earned his juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where he served as the associate lead articles editor of the Georgia State Law Review. In 1996, Mr. Standard travelled abroad to study at the Johannes Kepler University School of Law in Austria, where he participated, with high honors, in the study of international commercial arbitration. Mr. Standard holds a masters of business administration and a masters of science in finance, from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where he was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.  He is currently working on his masters of laws (LL.M.) in taxation from the New York University School of Law, with an expected graduation date of 2017.
Prior to joining HBS, Mr. Standard was a partner at an Atlanta-based boutique firm. Mr. Standard is the co-author of the 2007 legal treatise-The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Georgia. He is a frequent author and lecturer with numerous professional organizations, including the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. Mr. Standard is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all state courts within the State of Georgia, as well as the federal district courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Mr. Standard has a breadth of experience in matters of business and commercial litigation when deals do not work out or when one party to a contract claims another party has failed to perform as agreed. He also has significant experience in litigating matters of director and officer liability in relation to allegations of securities law violations and breach of fiduciary duty. Mr. Standard has litigated in state and federal courts, both within Georgia and throughout the nation. In addition, Mr. Standard is very familiar with mechanisms of alternate dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, which can provide a cost-effective means to the resolution of disputes when they do occur. Recent examples of matters in which Mr. Standard has been involved include:

  • Representation of shareholders in lawsuits involving violations of securities laws, breach of fiduciary duty and dissenters’ rights 
  • Representation of companies in trademark disputes
  • Representation of insurance adjusting company with respect to contractual obligations following the sale of business lines
  • Representation of a company in the enforcement of a non-compete agreement and other restrictive covenants following its purchase of a business against the former owner of the business
  • Representation of companies in disputes arising under the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Representation of companies in franchise disputes
  • Representation of an engineering firm in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action brought by one of the nation’s largest beer manufacturers and distributors
  • Representation of a national broker of building materials in a breach of contract action, alleging the supply of defective and non-conforming materials, brought by one of the nation’s largest builders of homes


LL.M. (candidate, 2017) Taxation, New York University School of Law

M.Fin. – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University College of Business, 2014

M.B.A – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University College of Business, 2013

J.D. - Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude, 1998

B.A. (economics, political science) - Washington University, 1991 


Georgia, 1998
All Georgia state and superior courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court, ND Ga, MD Ga, 11th Circuit, 4th Circuit


State Bar of Georgia
Buckhead Business Association
Sandy Springs Business Association


February 2007
Thompson/West Publishing Co.
The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Georgia

February 2007
The Transportation Lawyer
Nullifying Plaintiffs' Settlement Leverage Due to Driver Log Falsification and Hours of Service Violation

August 2005
Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting
The New Standards For Qualifying As An Expert in Court

July 2005
ICLE Seminar
What Every Defense (Or Plaintiff's) Lawyer Needs to Know About Daubert

Premises Liability Institute, Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Recent Developments in Environmental Premises Liability

Georgia State University Law Review
Legislative Review of Georgia's Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995, 14 Ga. St. U.L.R. 250, 1997

Recent Publications
Physician Employment Agreements, Firm Sponsored Seminar, LALQ, April 2008


Anatomy of an Agribusiness Purchase and Sale Agreement, Ag Law CLE at Mercer University, March 2016.