James R. Clary has been a trial lawyer for over thirty years. Representing clients in courtrooms all across the country is the only thing that he has ever wanted to do in his professional life. After securing both his B.A. in Journalism (1980) and his Law Degree (1983) from Louisiana State University, he was selected to attend and graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College (TLC) in DuBois, Wyoming, Class of 2002. He is honored to currently serve as a member of the Board of Directors for TLC, as well as part of the teaching staff for the college, an institution wholly devoted to obtaining justice for the injured, the accused and the least powerful among us.
He is a native of Baton Rouge and was educated in the public school system. Although he has traveled extensively, he has never wanted to leave the city. He opened his own law firm in February of 1993 and has always represented ordinary folks and small businesses – usually against the bigger guys. For over thirty years, his practice has focused upon plaintiff personal injury matters, commercial litigation, criminal defense and representing lawyers, doctors, nurses and other professionals in matters involving hearings with their governing boards. During this period of time, he has also been pleased to assist his clients in family courts and in moving through the legal situations that often face ordinary people.
This work has been the honor and privilege of his life.
Throughout the experiences of thirty years, he has often explained to his business clientele that a trial lawyer has wrestled in court with every type of legal dispute imaginable. Thus, he has come to understand that many of the expensive litigation disputes faced by business clients could have been avoided if they had retained a trial lawyer early on in their business practices, instead of waiting for business pressures and personalities to result in a problem of some type. Trial lawyers know what old soldiers know: the best way to enjoy success is to avoid unnecessary and avoidable legal wrangles. At Clary Law Firm, Mr. Clary and his team have the requisite experience to provide just that sort of guidance.
Some fights have to be fought, however. When those moments come, Mr. Clary relies upon over thirty years of experience to provide diligent assistance. He has had the honor of litigating before judges and juries in just about every judicial district within the State of Louisiana, all of the Louisiana federal courts and in other courts throughout the country. Through that process, his clients have learned that – when the fight comes – Clary Law Firm will always be completely prepared.
We understand that ordinary people, small businesses and professionals need to have access to their lawyers when they have questions or need guidance. Mr. Clary prides himself on always making himself available for clients whenever they need him.
He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Baton Rouge Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana courts and before the Eastern, Middle and Western United States District Courts in Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.