James Starke is an American author and attorney who practiced law as a civil rights lawyer during the 1980s and 90s.  A Matter of Principle, his novel about the quixotic struggles of an idealistic law student, is a work of fiction based on actual events and experiences he had while in law school, and later as a young lawyer striking out on his own in a profession dominated by cohorts dedicated to less than noble pursuits.

His work in the sub-genre of legal fiction thus distinguishes Starke from other attorney-authors whose work is based less on literary, real-life court experiences and more so on the art of telling a story of mystery and intrigue in a courthouse setting.