James P. Lambert

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lafayette, LA

Jim Lambert Law Firm
 | 315 S. College Road, Ste 146, PO Box 53083
Lafayette, LA 70505-3083
Phone: 337-446-2766
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

A Louisiana native, James P. Lambert primarily focuses his practice on personal injury matters at Jim Lambert Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana. In addition to a broad range of personal injury cases, including 18-wheeler and other motor vehicle accidents, offshore injuries, premises liability and wrongful death, he handles workers' compensation matters, Jones Act-related cases, business litigation and medical malpractice matters. With more than three decades of experience, an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and certification as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, he provides compassionate and informed representation to individuals and their families throughout southern Louisiana.

After graduating from Louisiana College, Mr. Lambert pursued his Juris Doctor at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he belonged to multiple honor societies and authored several pieces for the Louisiana Law Review. After graduating in 1976, he practiced in New Orleans before relocating to Lafayette. Admitted to practice in Louisiana, Mr. Lambert is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Lambert's professional affiliations stretch back decades and include memberships in the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice, for which he served on the Board of Governors from 1993 to 1994 and 1996 to 2002. Outside his practice, he gives back to the Lafayette community through his involvement in the Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church and his work with both a prison ministry group and a nondenominational nonprofit that serves impoverished families in the area through various programs and outreach.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%)

Transportation/Maritime (30%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About James Lambert

Admitted: 1976, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://jimlambert.com/about-us/

Honors and Awards:

  • Member, Louisiana Law Review, 1974 - 1976
  • Recipient, Second Place
  • Recipient, Bauer Memorial Scholarship
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Phi Kappa Phi: Omicron Delta Kappa
  • A. V. Rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy., 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association-Lawyers Assistance Program., 1989
  • Louisiana Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Board of Governors, Louisiana Association for Justice, 1994 - 2002
  • Board of Governor, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - 2002
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Governor, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1993-1994
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1977
  • Louisiana, 1976
  • Long-Time Member, American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Flory Trial Club
  • Kairos Prison Ministry, Angola State Prison; Bridge Ministry of Acadiana.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "The Art of Settlement in Louisiana," National Business Institute, December 2004
  • "Civil Actions Against Police and Corrections Officers Under 42 USC 1983," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, December 1998
  • "Trying the Soft Tissue Case in Louisiana," National Business Institute Seminar, July 1994
  • Lecturer, "Battling With the FDIC: Understanding FDIC Report of Examination," Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar, December 1991
  • "New Dimensions in Louisiana Class Actions," 36 Louisiana Law Review, 798, 1976
  • "Lie Detectors in the Employment Context," 35 Louisiana Law Review 694, 1975

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $1,500,000 (judgment)Chief engineer sustained severe back injuries due to negligence of a co-worker in a lifting operation.
  • $4,300,000 (Settlement)Shareholder in family corporation wrongfully denied corporate profits.
  • $8,600,000 (judgment)Painting supervisor suffered spinal injury due to platform defect.
  • $1,050,000 (judgment)Individual held due to mental problems. Suffered severe visual injuries resulting in blindness. Jailors employed by sheriff's department held responsible by unanimous civil jury in federal court.
  • $7,255,000Derrick hand suffered spinal injuries resulting in paraplegia resulting from failure of fall protection equipment while working on a drill ship.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • In over three decades in Louisiana courtrooms, I have always put my clients first. This is the essence and core of my professional philosophy: Put the client first, and everything else will take care of itself. I believe in a close, personal, and highly professional relationship between one client and one lawyer. For several years now, I have been practicing in my own firm. At the Jim Lambert Law Firm, each and every client will meet me, have personal contact with me, and will be represented by me in any court or other proceeding. The slogan I like to use in some of my public advertising arises from this professional sense of mission: "When I take your case, I take it personally."

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana College
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Office Location for James P. Lambert

315 S. College Road, Ste 146
PO Box 53083
Lafayette, LA 70505-3083

Phone: 337-446-2766


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Last Updated: 8/6/2015

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