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“Our greatest satisfaction comes from making a difference in the lives of our clients. Doing quality legal work is essential, but I truly believe that running an organized, quality organization allows us to fulfill our mission by serving clients better.”

- James S. Farrin


Leading role in historic civil rights case which culminated in $1.25 billion settlement1

Founder, CEO, and President of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Named to “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”4 list by National Trial Lawyers, 2013-2021

Attorney James S. Farrin (President and CEO)

James S. Farrin founded the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, and serves as its President and CEO.

James received his J.D., with honors, from Duke University School of Law and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. While James’ legal work has earned him membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum,3 his passion is using business principles to try to provide the highest quality legal services possible for the firm’s clients.

James played a leading role in one of the largest civil-rights cases in United States history: In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.). The case dealt with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s discrimination against African-American farmers, and those who attempted to farm, from across the United States. Mr. Farrin served as class counsel and as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the black farmers discrimination case.

James is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Public Justice Foundation, and the North Carolina Bar Association, and other legal and advocacy organizations.

James was honored with a 2011 Citation of Excellence Ebbie Award from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and has been listed on the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers from 2013 to 2022.4

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • Business North Carolina 2021, 2022 “Power List – Law”6
  • 2011 Citation of Excellence Ebbie Award, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Listing4


  • Public Justice Foundation
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • California State Bar*
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • 16th Judicial District Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum3


  • EndDD (End Distracted Driving), Speaker, 2016
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)*, North Carolina Chapter Advisory Board

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “Rethinking Criminal Joinder: An Analysis of the Empirical Research and its Implications for Justice'” (1989) 52 Law and Contemporary Problems 325
  • “Challenges of High Volume Litigation” (2015) – a North Carolina State Bar-approved continuing legal education course for attorneys

Law School

Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
1990, J.D., with honors


Trinity College
Hartford, CT
1985, B.A. in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa

five star review badge Former Personal Injury Client, Online Google Review
They helped us understand what was going on
They helped us understand what was going on, what was needed, [and] what we would do next. They checked in on us to make sure we were okay and that everything was going great outside of just working on the case. 1
five star review badge Former Automobile Accident Client, Online Google Review
I love the staff at James Scott Farrin.
I love the staff at James Scott Farrin. They are organized, nice, [and] friendly, and they seem to be very family-oriented. I've just recently referred another client to them because I know they will take care of her. 1

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

* Denotes Inactive Member

3 Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Neither the Law Offices of James S. Farrin, P.C., nor James S. Farrin represents that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.

4 For information regarding the standards for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, visit

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