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James J. Varellas III

James J. Varellas III

Varellas & Varellas
  • Nursing Home Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury...
  • California, Kentucky, New York
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James J. (“Jay”) Varellas, III, has joined Varellas & Varellas, of counsel, after practicing as an attorney at law firms in New York City and San Francisco. Jay has spent much of his legal career litigating large-scale class actions and other complex litigation disputes around the country. While an attorney practicing in New York, he was part of the trial team that tried a multi-billion-dollar class action to a jury verdict in a four-month trial in federal court. He also has trial experience involving claims of bad-faith denial of insurance claims. Over his career, Jay has litigated numerous class actions and other large-scale complex litigation disputes around the country and he has appellate experience before a number of appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also provided advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, advised major law firms on ethics and conflict-of-interest issues and represented non-profits in a variety of contexts.

Prior to joining Varellas & Varellas, Jay was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco. Immediately after graduating from law school, Jay completed a federal clerkship with Chief Judge Jennifer B. Coffman of the Eastern and Western District Districts of Kentucky. Jay is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Prior to receiving his law degree at Berkeley, Jay completed a master’s degree at the University of Sussex as a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, he was selected as a Truman Scholar and a Gaines Fellow. After graduating from UK, Jay also worked as a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Transportation and as a research fellow in the U.S. Senate.

Jay is dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals who have been injured or wronged by other individuals or corporations.

Practice Areas
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Areas
  • Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for all injury cases.
  • Contingent Fees
    Injury cases handled on a contingency fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
6th Circuit
9th Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Central and Northern Districts of California
U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • English
Professional Experience
Of Counsel
Varellas & Varellas
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
University of Sussex
University of Kentucky
Professional Associations
Kentucky Bar Association
The State Bar of California
New York State Bar Association
British Fulbright Scholars Association
Truman Scholars Association
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Contact & Map
Varellas & Varellas
Lexington Office
249 W Short St
Lexington, KY 40507
Toll-Free: (877) 634-1519
Telephone: (859) 252-4473
Fax: (859) 252-4476