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Jefferson M. Starr

Associate

Buckhead Primary

p: 404-480-4028 f: 404-480-4028

Education

  • University of Georgia, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A. Magna Cum Laude

Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Memberships

  • Georgia State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Recognition

Jeff is an Associate in the Buckhead office of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter where his practice focuses on general liability defense and commercial litigation. Jeff has represented clients in mediation, settlement negotiations and all aspects of litigation in both Georgia and Federal Courts. Jeff has also assisted corporate clients by serving as general corporate counsel and primary negotiator and principal drafter of membership and shareholder agreements, corporate by-laws, initial resolutions, annual consents, commercial leases and various commercial contractual agreements.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, magna cum laude, with Honors, from the University of Georgia in 2007. He remained in Athens for law school, earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Jeff served as an Intern to the Honorable Justice Curtis L. Collier, Chief District Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee and worked for a litigation firm in Brunswick, Georgia.

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff practiced with litigation firms in Atlanta and Cumming focusing primarily on general liability defense, complex civil and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions, suits on notes, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, construction litigation, real property litigation and banking litigation in addition to local government representation. Jeff also served as an Assistant Solicitor in the City of Cumming, Georgia Municipal Court.

Plaintiffs' Verdict - Jason Hammer and Jeff Starr represented the Plaintiffs in a business dispute that arose out of a residential painting contract. The Plaintiffs contracted with a commercial painter to provide approximately $8,000 in painting services, but the Plaintiffs contended the job was not completed in a workmanlike manner and did not meet the terms of the agreement. The Defendant denied any breach of the contract and the case was tried to a jury in Fulton County Superior Court on both liability and damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiffs for $33,000 in damages to remediate the improperly performed paint job, as well as address additional damages caused by the shoddy workmanship. In addition to the damages award, the jury awarded the Plaintiffs $53,000 in attorneys’ fees, for a total award of $86,000. The Defendant did not pursue any post-trial motions and the judgment was satisfied in full.

Favorable Jury Verdict - Jeff Starr and Jason Hammer won a favorable jury verdict for their client in Fulton County State Court. The case arose after the Defendant was driving her vehicle through a parking lot and struck a twelve year-old boy on a bicycle. The minor suffered multiple contusions, abrasions and a fractured foot. The fracture healed, but only after the minor was on crutches in a cast and subsequently wearing a walking boot for many months. The Plaintiff incurred $5,600 in medical expenses. We defended the case on liability, arguing the minor’s own negligence was the sole proximate cause of the accident. Multiple eyewitnesses were presented at trial and the accounts of the accident varied significantly, including those of the parties. The jury returned a verdict awarding the Plaintiff medical expenses only with a $0 pain and suffering award. Significantly, the jury found the Plaintiff 49% at fault for the accident. With a total recovery of only $2,800, the Plaintiff likely recovered nothing after the contingency fee and litigation expenses were paid.

Education

  • University of Georgia, J.D.
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A. Magna Cum Laude

Admissions

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Memberships

  • Georgia State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Support Staff

Macey McDougald Litigation Paralegal 404-480-4485
Anh Huynh Litigation Paralegal 404-537-3749
Brittney Reynolds Administrative Assistant 404-492-8870