Jim Avery - Attorney
Jim was born and raised in St. Louis. He grew up in South County and went to Bayless High School. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis, he served as Student Body President.
Jim received his J.D. from St Louis University School of Law where he excelled in trial advocacy classes.
Jim was appointed by Governor Nixon as a Commissioner of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission–the highest administrative level of appeal for all workers’ compensation cases. In this position, Jim had the authority to overturn the decisions of judges who heard the original workers’ compensation cases. His knowledge of the workers’ compensation system is extensive and unmatched by most other lawyers. He knows, first-hand, how the system is unfair to injured workers who do not have a skilled attorney on their side.
Jim enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1991 and served until 1995. Following the attacks on September 11th, Jim joined the Missouri Army National Guard.
During his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jim served in units that performed IED destruction missions. It was a very challenging assignment, both mentally and physically. Jim was given the Army Commendation Medal for personally finding and destroying IEDs.
After completing his tour in Iraq, Jim attended Officer Training School where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He continues to serve as an Engineer Officer in the Missouri National Guard. Jim is a very technical person who thrives on pressure. These are character traits that served him well in the military and continue to do so in the courtroom.
Outside The Courtroom
Jim is married to his wife, Robin who is an educator in the Parkway School District. They live in Sunset Hills and have two dogs: Izzy and Sophie (a rescue from Stray Rescue).
In his free time Jim is an avid cyclist, he has completed the MS 150 bike race in which he rode over 100 miles in one day. He also enjoys playing and watching sports. (Go Cards!)