Criminal and civil practice in both Federal and State courts in North Central West Virginia. Practice includes state and municipal courts in Morgantown (Monongalia), Fairmont (Marion), Kingwood (Preston), Clarksburg (Harrison), Grafton (Taylor), and Phillipi (Barbour). Practice also includes Federal Courts in the Northern District of West Virginia at Wheeling, Clarksburg, Elkins, and Martinsburg. Also serving the West Virginia University (WVU) faculty and student community.
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Offices conveniently located in the historic Citizen's Building next to the old Monongalia County Courthouse in downtown Morgantown, West Virginia. Zimarowski Law is comprised of two sole proprietorships.
James Zimarowski is well known from the media accounts of his jury trials as the preeminent criminal defense attorney in North Central West Virginia.
James Zimarowski has been doing trial work, both criminal and civil, for over thirty years.
James 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 ensure a fair trial and adherence to the rule of law. James Zimarowski's civil and administrative work reflects a body of work reflecting the best of trial advocacy and good lawyering.
Martindale-Hubbell's peer rating for James 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.
James 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 and two Masters degrees from Marshall University. James 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. James 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.
The ability to communicate is essential in a trial attorney. James Zimarowski has experience as both a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. James 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. James Zimarowski routinely appears as a presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars and serves on various judicial/legal rules committees.
James 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.
James Zimarowski brings years of experience, the ability to communicate effectively, and credibility to the courtroom and legal process.Learn More
Graduate Study in Law
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois 61820
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Huntington, West Virginia
West Virginia Institute of Technology
Montgomery, West Virginia
Thomas Zimarowski was raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He currently handles criminal and civil law cases across North Central West Virginia, including both State and Federal Courts. Thomas Zimarowski is an Alumnus of West Virginia University, and often represents university students facing expulsion or suspension charges in front of West Virginia University’s Student Conduct Board. Prior to returning home to practice law, Thomas Zimarowski was an associate of a national plaintiff’s law firm in Pittsburgh, PA, where he represented accident victims.
Thomas Zimarowski received his law degree from West Virginia University in 2013, where he was a recipient of both the Duane Southern Memorial and Ernest E. Winters Scholarships. While in law school, he served as the Chairman of Appellate Advocacy for the WVU law Moot Court Board, received CALI awards for the highest grades in multiple classes, and earned a Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research and Writing. Additionally, Thomas Zimarowski litigated various cases, including a complex Federal case in the Northern District of West Virginia, while serving as a member of the WVU General Law Clinic. He also served as a judicial intern to the former Honorable Federal Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.
Thomas Zimarowski received two bachelor degrees, cum laude, in Economics and International Relations from Shepherd University in 2010, where he graduated from the University Honors Program and received two academic scholarships. While at Shepherd, he was president of the Political Science Honor Society, served as president of both the sophomore and junior class, and was actively involved in the Student Government Association. He added international experience to his resume by studying abroad during his senior year.
Thomas Zimarowski is licensed to practice law in the State of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of West Virginia, the Southern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the CJA panel of criminal attorneys in the Northern District of West Virginia.Learn More
Graduate Study in Law
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
Zimarowski Law Offices’ primary emphasis is criminal litigation and procedure in North Central West Virginia.
In addition, Zimarowski Law Offices maintains a general civil litigation practice involving personal injury, breach of contract, administrative law, and labor side labor/employment law. We represent labor unions and union members in all aspects of labor related actions.
West Virginia does not permit an attorney to claim specialization in any area of law.
Major Credit Cards Accepted.
A sampling of significant trial work.
Zimarowski, James B., Michael J. Radzicki, and William A Wines, "An Institutionalist Perspective on Law and Economics (Chicago Style) in the Context of United States Labor Law." Arizona Law Review, Volume 35, Number 2, pages 397-443 (1993).
Zimarowski, James B., "A Primer on Power Balancing Under the National Labor Relations Act." University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Volume 22, Number 1, pages 47-104 (1989).
Zimarowski, James B., "Interpreting Collective Bargaining Agreements: Ambiguity, Silence, and NLRA Section 8(d)." Industrial Relations Law Journal, Volume 10, Number 4, pages 465-508 (1988).
Zimarowski, James B., "Public Purpose, Law, and Economics: J. R. Commons and the Institutional Paradigm Revisited." West Virginia Law Review, Volume 90, Number 2, pages 387-416 ( Winter 1987-88).
Zimarowski, James B., "Book Review: The Hawk's Nest Incident: America's Worst Industrial Disaster." American Business Law Journal, Volume 25, Number3, pages 567-70 (1987).
Zimarowski, James B., "The Viability of the Collective Bargaining Process: Corporate Transformations as Unchanneled Bargaining Power." Hofstra Labor Law Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, pages 137-203 (1986).
Zimarowski, James B., "Employer Evasion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement: Policy Directions and the Reagan NLRB." Labor Law Journal, Volume 37, Number 1 pages 50-60 (1986)
Zimarowski, James B., "The Limits Upon a Labor Union's 'Duty' to Control Wildcat Strikers." West Virginia Law Review, Volume 84, Number 3, pages 703-87 (1982).
Perrine, A. W., James B. Zimarowski, et al., "Survey of Developments in the Fourth Circuit, 1981." West Virginia Law Review, Volume 84, Number 3, pages 703-87 (1982).
Zimarowski, James B., "Abusive Discharge and Employment at Will." West Virginia Public Interest Law Report, Volume 5, Number 1, pages 7-10 (1982).
Zimarowski, James B., "Into the Mire of Uncertainty: Union Disciplinary Fines and NLRA Section 8(b) (1)(A)." West Virginia Law Review, Volume 84, Number 2, pages 411-34 (1982).