Education and Other Significant Experience

James B. Zimarowski

Suite 200
265 High Street
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Phone:  (304) 292-7492
Fax:      (304) 292-7496 


Jim Zimarowski is well known from the media accounts of his jury trials as the preeminent criminal defense attorney in North Central West Virginia. 
Mr. Zimarowski has been doing trial work, both criminal and civil, for over twenty-five years.

Mr. Zimarowski's criminal jury trials are noteworthy not only for their results but the high level of advocacy and technical command demonstrated - raising the bar as it were - to insure a fair trial and adherence to the rule of law.   Mr. Zimarowski's civil and administrative work, while not garnering the media attention, reflects a body of work reflecting the best of trial advocacy and good lawyering.

Martindale-Hubbell's peer rating for Jim Zimarowski is an "AV"- the highest  available at the "preeminent" level for legal ability and ethics.  Very few attorneys in Monongalia County have such a high peer rating.

Jim Zimarowski is a product of West Virginia educational institutions.   He has six degrees: five from West Virginia institutions.  He holds two undergraduate degrees from West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, and two Masters degrees from Marshall University.  Mr. Zimarowski's first law degree is from West Virginia University where he served on Law Review and graduated near the top of his class, earning the prestigious Order of the Coif.  He went on to earn a post doctoral degree in Law  from the University of Illinois.  Academically his credentials are unparalleled.  Mr. Zimarowski has published numerous scholarly and law review articles which are cited and used by many scholars in the fields of labor, economics, and employment law. 

Graduate Study in Law

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois 61820


Master of Laws (LL.M.)


May, 1985

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia  26505


Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)


Order of the Coif   (Honors in Law)


West Virginia Law Review


Journal of College and University Law


May, 1982


Graduate Study

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science


Mathematics minor


July, 1977


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)


Economics minor


December, 1976


Undergraduate Study

West Virginia Institute of Technology

Montgomery, West Virginia


Bachelor of Science (B.S) in (Engineering) Management


Economics Minor


May, 1974


      The ability to communicate is essential in a trial attorney.  Jim Zimarowski has experience as both a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor.  Mr. Zimarowski has worked as an engineer, educator, and researcher.  He has published scholarly articles and taught legal topics in labor/employment law and trial advocacy at universities including West Virginia University and University of Notre Dame.  Mr.  Zimarowski routinely appears as a presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars and serves on various judicial/legal rules committees.
      Jim Zimarowski also has farmer and cattle breeder to his credentials.   As the owner of Crooked Stump Farm, he raises purebred Scottish Highland Cattle and Jerusalem Donkeys and actively works the farm in the mountains of Preston County, West Virginia.
      Jim Zimarowski brings years of experience, the ability to communicate effectively with both judges and laypersons, and credibility to the courtroom and legal process.

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Crooked Stump Farm