Jim Avery is the founding attorney of Avery Injury Law, St. Louis, Missouri. After sustaining serious injuries due to a car crash that required major surgery, Mr. Avery decided to establish his firm to help others. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri-St Louis and was the Student Body President.
Subsequently, Mr. Avery obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-St Louis and excelled in trial advocacy. As a three-time combat veteran with a stellar record of service, Mr. Avery served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995. Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, he joined the Missouri Army National Guard. During his combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he served in units that performed IED destruction missions. Despite its mental and physical challenges, Mr. Avery enjoyed serving his country. He also received the Army Commendation Medal for personally finding and destroying lEDs. After completing his tour in Iraq, Mr. Avery attended Officer Training School, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. As a technically savvy person who thrives on pressure, Mr. Avery furnishes tenacious representation to his clients. He uses his innate skills and unparalleled commitment to garner justice. Highly praised by his peers and clients, Mr. Avery is an indomitable attorney.
Jim currently serves as a board member of the Hero’s Network, which provides aid and assistance to Military Families, and First Responders. Jim retired from the military in 2022 after 23 year of service, but understands the importance of service to his country. Jim is also a pilot, and enjoys flying his Cessna when he has free time.
Jim has always been committed to helping his community. He represented parts of South St. Louis in the Missouri House of Representatives for multiple terms.
Jim was born and raised in St. Louis where he attended Bayless High School in South County. He served as Student Body President during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis.
At St Louis University School of Law, he excelled in trial advocacy classes and received his J.D.
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 firsthand 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 11, 2001, he 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.