Jimmy Azzarello was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1997, Jimmy obtained his law degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1997. During law school, he interned for the Hon. Lee J. Romero, Jr. of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, assisting with drafting Decisions and Orders under the Defense Base Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentation Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. While in law school, he also clerked for an international admiralty firm in London.
After graduating from law school, Jimmy remained in the New Orleans area to serve a two-year clerkship with Judge Romero continuing to draft Decisions and Orders primarily under the Longshore and Defense Base Acts. After his clerkship, his legal practice initially involved the nationwide defense of claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act, and general maritime claims. He has also represented individual mariners in license defense actions before the U.S. Coast Guard and has conducted numerous shipboard investigations both domestically and abroad.
Since joining Mainstay Law, Jimmy advocates on behalf of Longshore and DBA claimants. He is licensed in Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas, has presented speeches on Longshore/DBA topics at national seminars, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.