James Avery


Avery Law Firm

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The founder and principal trial lawyer of Avery Law Firm, James W. ìJimî Avery, has handled some of the largest and most complex cases in the areas of personal injury, aviation, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, product liability and commodities fraud litigation, trucking accidents, railroad accidents, wrongful death, etc., with top notch results. Perhaps because of such results, and demonstrated talent in the courtroom, Jim Avery has been recognized by peers and professionals as one of the top lawyers in America. Jim has been named a Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007 and 2008, representing the top 5% of lawyers in the state. Jim Avery was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2007 and 2008 by The American Trial Lawyers Association, representing the top 1% of lawyers in the state. In 2008, Jim Avery was invited into Fellowship of The Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers nationwide and is by invitation only.

Jim Avery is 52 years old, and has been practicing law since 1982. He is married with two children.

EDUCATION: Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College in 1979, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and was elected to a National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Denver in 1982 where he graduated in the top 1/3 of his class. [Note, neither of these colleges or universities grants degree titles such as cum laude or magna cum laude and specific numerical class rankings are not given to graduates.]

BAR ADMISSIONS: Jim is admitted to practice before all courts in the states of New York, Colorado and Indiana, and has been specially admitted to practice in courts in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and New Mexico. Jim is admitted in various federal courts, including the Western District of New York, District of Colorado, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Northern and Southern Districts of California.

PUBLICATIONS: Jim has been published in the areas of Joint Liability of Surgeons, Surgical Malpractice, and Physician Malpractice, and is frequently asked to speak on topics relevant to trial lawyers.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Prior to establishing his own firm in 1989, Jim was an associate at the trial firms of Hansen & Breit, P.C. (defunct) and Madden & Strate, P.C. (defunct), where he practiced with noted trial lawyers Bob Hansen, John Breit (deceased), Bill Madden (retired) and George Strate (retired) .

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jim has given extensively of his time and resources to the brain injured (his mother brain injured and helped establish the Rochester Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury) and people in need (he has supported Home Christian Fellowship, Persecuted Christians Task Force and The Sudan Project). Most notably, Jim has made numerous humanitarian aid trips to Africa to aid victims of war torn South Sudan, where he assisted in the re-establishment of schools, clinics and churches.