Jim Avery started this law firm after suffering a serious personal injury himself. He was involved in a car crash that required major surgery, so Jim understands firsthand the pain and frustration associated with being involved in a crash. Jim is a three-time combat veteran with a stellar record of service. He started in the United States Marine Corps and, after more than ten years and the attacks of September 11, 2001, he joined the Missouri Army National Guard. Jim has committed his civilian life to fighting for those injured by no fault of their own. If you are injured and it's not your fault, contact Jim, so he can fight for you. Education 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. Military Service 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. Outside the Courtroom Jim is married to his wife Robin, an educator in the Parkway School District. They live in Eureka and have three dogs: Sophie (a rescue from Stray Rescue), Daphne, and Binny (named after Jordan Binnington). In his free time, Jim likes to travel and enjoys going to Cardinals and Blues games. If you ever see him at one of the games make sure you say hello to him.