Brian Clemmons

“There’s a lot of personal satisfaction helping people, and that is what drives me every day.”

- Brian Clemmons


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Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

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Named to “Best Lawyers”4 list for Workers’ Comp by Best Lawyers, 2022 – 2024

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North Carolina Advocates for Justice Member, Auto Torts & Workers Comp sections

Attorney Brian Clemmons (Partner)

Brian Clemmons joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2010 and is a Partner of the firm. He has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and eminent domain.

Brian and his team focus on restoring clients’ peace of mind and litigate personal injury cases as needed.  During his career, he has tried cases at multiple levels – including state Superior Courts, federal District Courts, tort claims before the N.C. Industrial Commission, and hearings before various state agencies. He also has argued for clients before the N.C. Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Determined to Be a Lawyer

Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Brian spent his earliest days playing outdoors with neighborhood friends. Indoors, he was a good, conscientious student, and he knew early on that he wanted to be a lawyer. As a high school student, he got the opportunity to witness a trial, and from that point on, he decided he was going to be an attorney.

Towards this goal, Brian headed northwest to Chapel Hill and majored in history at the University of North Carolina before enrolling at UNC School of Law. During one of the summers of law school, he worked in a U.S. Attorney’s office and was able to observe many trials firsthand. This experience, combined with an impressive performance in his trial advocacy class, cemented his desire to become a lawyer.

After earning his law degree, Brian clerked for two years for a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. He observed many top national attorneys try complex criminal and civil cases. Through this experience, he became even more interested in fighting for others’ rights in the courtroom.

Brian later joined a law firm where he defended insurance companies in various types of litigation. There he gained an invaluable understanding of insurance companies’ practices and tactics.

A Great Client Communicator

After more than a decade as a corporate and insurance defense attorney, Brian wanted to focus on advocating for regular people and helping clients stand up to intimidating opponents. That’s when he brought his considerable litigation skills, his “other side” experience, and client focus to the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

“Our goal is helping the underdog against powerful entities. We try to provide leverage that helps people put more money in their pocket than they would otherwise.”

Brian believes that honest communication is key to being an effective attorney, and this is evident in his interactions with clients. He strives to build a one-on-one connection with each person by listening, answering questions, and offering advice.

“All clients deserve an attorney who will spend time talking with them about their case. I spend as much time as I can talking with clients.”

Brian uses hard work, litigation experience, and communication skills to fight for his clients. He has been recognized by his peers and named to the “Best Lawyers” list for Workers Compensation Law – Claimants from 2022 – 2024 by Best Lawyers in America.4 He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Auto Torts and Workers’ Compensation Sections and the Bar associations of North Carolina and Wake County.

Relaxing at Home

Brian and his wife, an attorney at the NC Attorney General’s office, share a common interest in the law and enjoy exploring the city’s restaurants al fresco. Now empty nesters living in Raleigh, they have a daughter who lives nearby and a son in Chicago.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • “Best Lawyers”4 list for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants by Best Lawyers in America, 2022-2024


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Auto Torts Section
    • Workers’ Compensation Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America*

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Law School

University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
1987, J.D.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
1984, B.A. in History

five star review badge Workers’ Comp Client, Google Review1
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin treated me like family.
James Scott Farrin treated me like family. They are very professional and great with responding back.
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I would recommend ANY and EVERYONE
I would recommend ANY and EVERYONE who has unfortunately been injured at their job and been treated unfairly to give JSF a call immediately. I had a very unpopular case, and JSF stepped up to the plate and delivered. I'm beyond ecstatic about my outcome! 1

For legal reasons and client confidentiality, reviews have been slightly edited to remove identifying information and correct typos.

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