Daniel Lehrer

“I enjoy being an attorney because being able to represent individuals from all different backgrounds against large insurance companies and big business makes me feel like I’m helping level the playing field.”

- Daniel R. Lehrer



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North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist – Workers’ Compensation Law

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North Carolina Bar Association Member

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Named to “Best Lawyers” 4 list by Best Lawyers, 2024

Attorney Daniel R. Lehrer

Daniel Lehrer joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2019 as a committed attorney with extensive experience handling workers’ compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability cases. He is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law, a distinction held by less than 1% of attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina,* and he currently focuses exclusively on helping injured employees in workers’ compensation cases.

As a child, Daniel and his family lived in Maryland, Florida, and Ohio before settling in Forsyth County, North Carolina for his high school years. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology and worked as a chef at an international chain steakhouse in Durham for several years. After joining the restaurant’s travel team of food trainers and opening one of the restaurants in Australia, Daniel returned to the States and began his journey towards becoming an attorney.

The Path to Law

Daniel’s first step towards helping others with a career in law involved writing Social Security Disability legal briefs for a national law firm in their Raleigh office. He continued working there full-time during his first two years in the evening program at North Carolina Central University School of Law and then delved into workers’ compensation law as a paralegal at a different firm during the last two years of the program.

After earning his law degree, Daniel accepted a position as a workers’ comp attorney at the same firm and spent several years helping injured employees navigate the system and seek needed benefits and compensation for their on-the-job injuries. Ultimately, he brought his considerable negotiating skills and workers’ comp experience to the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

Daniel became an attorney because he believes everyone is entitled to equality and justice and deserves counsel in navigating the intricacies of the legal system. He chose the workers’ compensation practice area because it allows him to do “a little bit of everything,” from actively investigating a case to negotiating with employers and insurance companies to litigating in court, when necessary.

“I Like to Fix Things and Make Them Better”

Daniel is a natural problem-solver, and this tendency strengthens his abilities as an attorney. While understanding that the workers’ comp system has its flaws, he feels strongly that it is his responsibility to help his clients try to make the most of their situations. He is methodical in his approach and enjoys the challenge of investigating cases and guiding his clients on how to seek maximum compensation.

He is driven by a desire to help injured workers be treated fairly by their employers and their insurance companies, and his efforts have been recognized by his peers. In 2024, he was named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list for workers’ compensation by Best Lawyers in America after being selected for the publication’s “Ones to Watch” list for the previous three years.4

Daniel is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

“I Have Two Speeds – Off and On”

Daniel’s innate desire to “make things better” plays out at home too. Married and the father of two young boys, he channels his energy into fixing things around the house and building things for the kids. He continues to employ his cooking skills as the chef of the household and also spends time woodworking and “tinkering” on cars (on his 2-post car lift) in his garage.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • “Best Lawyers in America” list4 for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, 2024 by Best Lawyers in America
  • “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”4 for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants by Best Lawyers in America, 2021 – 2023


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Wake County Bar Association

Law School

North Carolina Central University School of Law
Durham, NC
2010, J.D.


University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
2004, B.S. in Psychology


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Workers’ Compensation
Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar

five star review badge Former Car Accident Client, Online Google Review
From the beginning of my auto accident
From the beginning of my auto accident until the very last part of it, the team at James Scott Farrin took care of me. Daniel and Jessica were amazing with communicating everything to me and explaining how the process would work. 1
five star review badge Former Car Accident and Workers’ Compensation Client, Online Google Review
Daniel was more than helpful
Daniel was more than helpful with his expertise and compassion to help. He definitely worked hard for my case. Thank you! 1

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

*Figures provided by NC State Bar as of January 2024.