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The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin recently added four names to its list of shareholders. Workers’ Compensation attorney Brian Clemmons and Litigation attorney Coleman Cowan are joined by Personal Injury attorneys Chelsea Ragan and J. Gabe Talton on the firm’s distinguished list of shareholders. Each attorney brings their own rich history, experience, and expertise to the firm’s leadership.
May 6th, 2021: James S. Farrin received a 2021 ‘Diversity & Inclusion Award’ from “North Carolina Lawyers Weekly” and “South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.” This is the third year that the publications have presented the award to attorneys who advance diversity, inclusion, and the dignity of people in the legal profession across the Carolinas and in communities. Firm attorney and Shareholder Anabel Rosa was among the award’s initial recipients in 2019. In the virtual award ceremony, Jim emphasized the need for all individuals to be aware of their own intrinsic biases and urged the legal community to address systemic racism and discrimination. Read more
April 8th, 2021: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was named to the “Triangle Business Journal” annual ‘Largest Law Firms in the Triangle’ list earlier this month.* The publication ranks law firms based on the number of attorneys in the Triangle. This was the firm’s first year to be included and it was ranked #11. James Scott Farrin has helped over 50,000 people since 1997 and was the top firm on the list that handles personal injury and workers’ compensation cases predominantly. Read more. *To see the entire “Triangle Business Journal” list of largest law firms in the Triangle, visit: https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/.
March 25th, 2021: The firm recently added two new attorneys to its lineup of over 50 recognized professionals: Molly Brewer and Michael B. Eller. Brewer believes that “victims deserve quality representation, an ally against the insurance companies, and the chance to turn things around after an injury.” Eller, a member of the American Association for Justice, has been a personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney for over 16 years. Read more
March 11th, 2021: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is pleased to announce that “Business North Carolina” named personal injury attorney and Shareholder Jeremy Maddox to the 2021 ‘Legal Elite’ list in the ‘Young Guns’ category.* Read more. *For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for the ‘Legal Elite’ awards, visit: https://businessnc.com.
February 2nd, 2021: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, one of the largest plaintiffs’ firms in North Carolina, is now also fighting for victims who need justice in South Carolina. The firm recently opened a new office in Greenville. South Carolinians who have been hurt or who have lost a loved one due to a car wreck, an accident at work, medical malpractice, a defective product, or other forms of personal injury, are urged to contact the new Greenville office for a free case evaluation.
January 14th, 2021: James Scott Farrin attorneys Hoyt Tessener, Gary Jackson, and Matthew Healey were named to “Super Lawyers” 2021 North Carolina ‘Super Lawyers' list.* This year marks the sixteenth consecutive year that both Tessener and Jackson have been named to the prestigious list. “Super Lawyers” also recognized James Scott Farrin attorney Chris Bagley as a 2021 ‘Rising Star.’* Read more *For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit 'Super Lawyers' and ‘Rising Stars’ at www.superlawyers.com.
December 17th, 2020: JAMES SCOTT FARRIN ATTORNEY RICK FLEMING NAMED AS SECRETARY OF NOSSCR – (date) James Scott Farrin Shareholder and lead Social Security Disability attorney, Rick Fleming, was recently voted as Secretary of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Fleming, a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law, also serves on the Board of Directors and as the Fourth and D.C. Circuits Representative of NOSSCR. Read more.
December 15th, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has added four new attorneys to the firm’s notable roster in 2020. Personal Injury attorneys, Juliana Vergara Duque, M. Kelley Solomon Johnson, and Nicholas Tessener, joined Eminent Domain attorney, Brian Lagesse on the firm’s list of attorneys this year. Each attorney brings an enthusiasm and passion for helping those who need it most and will strengthen the JSF team. Read more.
December 10th, 2020: James Scott Farrin personal injury attorney and shareholder, Annabel Rosa, was recently elected to the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ). The NCAJ is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals that is dedicated to protecting the interest and civil rights of rights of North Carolinians via advocacy work in the NC state legislature, the development of legal publications and professional development seminars for attorneys and public outreach initiatives. As a member of the Board of Governors, Rosa will serve to further the NCAJ’s efforts to protect individual rights through community, education and advocacy.
December 2nd, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin continues to positively impact local communities, from both inside and outside of its offices. The firm has announced several deserving nonprofits that will be recipients of much needed funds this Giving Tuesday. A few include: A Simple Gesture, Community Crossroads Center, Manna Food Bank, MERCI Clinic, and The Outreach Center. These organizations provide a range of important services, such as free healthcare, food, shelter, and support throughout the state. President and CEO of the firm, James S. Farrin, reflects, “People need help in our communities, now more than ever. I am proud of these efforts, and I encourage everyone to give time, energy, and/or money to help those in need.”
November 20th, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin recently added Eminent Domain attorney, Stan Abrams, Workers’ Compensation attorney, Matthew Healey, and Personal Injury attorneys, Cristen Bartus, Gary W. Jackson, and Walter McBrayer Wood, to its notable roster of firm shareholders. Each attorney brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for justice to the firm’s leadership team. Read more about the newest James Scott Farrin Shareholders here.
November 10th, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has been ranked Tier 1 in the Raleigh metropolitan area for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, Tier 2 for Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, and Tier 3 for Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs by “U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.”* According to a press release from “US News – Best Lawyers®,” firms who achieved a tiered ranking are recognized for having a "combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal experience.” Read more.
*For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit: https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
October 23rd, 2020: Shareholder and lead Social Security Disability attorney, Rick Fleming, was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Fleming, a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law, serves as the Fourth and D.C. Circuits Representative of NOSSCR.
October 8th, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin announced that it has given more than 80 computers to local charities. The three organizations that received machines are the Kramden Institute, the Franklin County Domestic Violence Center, and Mi Casa Community Services.
September 24th, 2020: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was recognized by the Triangle Business Journal with a 2020 Best Places to Work Award and was listed #1 in the Large Company category covering companies with 100-249 employees. This selection is driven by employee surveys and covers organizations in the 16 counties that comprise North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. Award winners have been rated highly for team effectiveness, trust with co-workers, manager effectiveness and work engagements by their employees.
September 7th, 2020: Acclaimed plaintiff’s attorney Gary Jackson, who has tried dozens of trials over his more than 37-year career, recently joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Working with Hoyt Tessener on Farrin’s expanded litigation team, Jackson will help guide attorney teams as the firm casts a wider litigation net among some of the more complex high-stakes cases. Jackson has represented North Carolinians against some of the largest and most powerful companies and industries in the country and has been responsible for verdicts and settlements totaling more than $100 million*.
August 20th, 2020: Seven James Scott Farrin attorneys were named to the Best Lawyer list of the 2021 “Best Lawyers in America” publication, and eleven of the firm’s attorneys were named to the inaugural edition of the 2021 ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ list. Both of these rankings recognize attorneys across the country and are based on peer-reviews in which attorneys rank the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. Three of the Farrin attorneys are new to the ‘Best Lawyers’ list this year, and four have been recognized in previous years as well.
April 16th, 2020: People with heartburn took Zantac, also known as ranitidine, for relief. Now, they’re finding that their relief could have come at the price of cancer. Millions of prescriptions were written over more than two decades. That was until a recent study and further investigation revealed a very real cancer risk – one which Zantac’s maker may have known about all along. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are accepting cases from those who may have suffered cancer because of this dangerous drug.
March 12th, 2020: We are proud to announce that personal injury attorney, Rosa Antunez Boatwright, was elected to the Diamante Arts & Cultural Center Board of Directors in recognition for her passionate advocacy for and contributions to the Hispanic/Latino community. Her community and cultural involvement are well-known around the office. Congratulations, Rosa!
$62,000 CY PRES AWARD GOES TO NORTH CAROLINA JUSTICE CENTER FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL FDCPA SETTLEMENT BY ATTORNEYS AT JAMES SCOTT FARRIN AND MAGINNIS LAW1
February 13th, 2020: The North Carolina Justice Center (NCJC) will receive $62,000 in funds that remain from a recent class action settlement related to alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Last year, attorneys at James Scott Farrin and Maginnis Law supervised two rounds of distribution to Class members after settling the case, but about $62,000 remained as a result of Class members not cashing the checks sent to them. Under the legal doctrine “cy pres,” a medieval French phrase meaning “as near as possible,” such a remainder can be directed to an organization that furthers a purpose similar to the purpose of that class action. The NCJC will use the ‘cy pres’ award to fund legal representation of indigent debtors in connection with bankruptcy and/or actions related to collections, and for other purposes that are related to the litigation brought by the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and Maginnis Law. *Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
January 9th, 2020: North Carolina nursing home and assisted living facility attorney and litigator, Elizabeth Todd Beall, recently joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin team. The firm officially adds NC nursing home and assisted living negligence cases to its ever-growing roster of practice areas, and is now taking cases across the state. Read more
January 7th, 2020: Growing to meet the needs of injured North Carolinians, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin have added J. Bryan Boyd and Emily Fertig to its personal injury department. Mr. Boyd’s and Ms. Fertig’s addition will bring the number of attorneys at the firm to more than 45 by 2020
December 18th, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin welcome Attorney Paul Dickinson to their Charlotte office. With more than 30 years of experience, Paul has tried cases in federal and state court, and won multiple cases worth a million dollars or more*, and was one of the attorneys who represented Iraqi families in the infamous Blackwater wrongful death case. He received his J.D. from the respected South Texas College of Law, and is admitted to practice before North Carolina’s state courts and Federal District Courts as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. *Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
December 3rd, 2019: At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our goal of helping others isn’t limited to the courtroom. The employees in our 15 offices throughout North Carolina donate their time, money, and skills year-round to causes close to their hearts, including ending homelessness, fighting illiteracy, and feeding the poor. Our offices supported charities like Backpack Beginnings, Humane Society, RAIN, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Earth’s Angels, just to name a few. We are honored to be part of the community, and we strive to affect positive change wherever we can.
November 14th, 2019: This year, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin have been ranked Tier 1 in the Raleigh metropolitan area for Workers’ Compensation Law, Tier 2 in Personal Injury Litigation, and Tier 3 for Product Liability Litigation by “U.S. News – Best Lawyers.” The firm was eligible for recognition after Senior Litigation Attorney and Shareholder Hoyt Tessener, NC Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and Shareholder Barry Jennings, Litigation Attorney Gary Jackson, and NC Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist Matthew Healey, were listed in the 2020 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.” As stated in a press release from “U.S. News – Best Lawyers,” the ranked firms “are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.” *For more information about the standards of inclusion visit bestlawfirms.usnews.com
NC ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE DECORATES FOUR JAMES SCOTT FARRIN ATTORNEYS WITH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
November 7th, 2019: Four attorneys from the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin received the Order of Service award from North Carolina Advocates for Justice for the 2019-2019 fiscal year. Rick Fleming, Matthew Harbin, Anabel Rosa, and Gabe Talton all demonstrated extraordinary dedication to others that serves as an example for us all. The NCAJ doesn’t give this award lightly, reserving it for those who go above and beyond, and use their skills selflessly to help others.
November 1st, 2019: James S. Farrin, President and Founder of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, was interviewed for a profile piece on Business North Carolina, a leading local publication. Jim reflects on his and the law firm’s humble beginnings and what it has accomplished since it opened in 1997. Now the firm has 15 locations across North Carolina, with nearly 50 attorneys practicing in the areas of North Carolina Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Whistleblower, Civil Rights, Mass Torts, Class Actions, and Products Liability law.
October 24th, 2019: Litigation attorney and shareholder Hoyt Tessener was appointed to the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) earlier this year. He has tried more than 100 cases across NC and is admitted to practice before the U.S Supreme Court. As a member of Governor Roy Cooper’s Crime Commission, Tessener works to try to ensure a fair system is in place so people are properly charged, prosecuted, and sentenced. His term began August 2019 and will end on February 28, 2020.
October 17th, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was an “Especial Sponsor” of the 27th annual Fiesta on Sept. 14, 2019. The firm’s Latino Outreach Committee had a booth at the event. They took the opportunity to answer general questions visitors had about JSF as they celebrated the Hispanic and Lantinx community. Of the firm’s 200 employees, about a quarter are of Hispanic/Latinx origin, and even more speak Spanish. The committee’s goal is to inform, educate, and connect the community to the various legal practice areas of the firm.
NEW DAYTIME TV SHOW “PERSONAL INJURY COURT” FEATURES JAMES SCOTT FARRIN HEAD OF LITIGATION ATTORNEY HOYT TESSENER
September 17th, 2019: Farrin Head of Litigation and attorney-shareholder Hoyt Tessener was hand-picked to be one of seven attorneys from across the U.S. who lend authoritative legal commentary on the new syndicated daytime TV show “Personal Injury Court.” The show is led by Judge Gino Brogdon. The claims adjudicated in the show are reported to be some of the highest dollar amounts to be featured on court TV shows. Tessener’s latest achievements include winning a $2.1 million* dollar jury verdict earlier this year and being appointed by the NC Speaker of the House to form part of the Governor’s Crime Commission. *Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
LAW OFFICES OF JAMES SCOTT FARRIN ATTORNEYS WIN WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE A RECORD-SETTING $2.1 MILLION1 CASE IN HOKE COUNTY
September 10th, 2019: Litigation attorneys Hoyt Tessener and Coleman Cowan represented a high school teacher involved in a car crash that resulted in severe, life-altering injuries. Tessener and Coleman took the case to trial and after only 55 minutes of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict of $2.1 million* for the client, in what is reportedly the largest ever jury verdict for a single plaintiff to date in Hoke County. *Each case is different and must be evaluated separately. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in future cases.
August 29th, 2019: Litigation attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in Durham, NC, along with co-counsel from Maginnis Law PLLC in Raleigh, worked together to settle a class-action lawsuit against a debt collector for $1.2 million.* The Hon. Loretta Biggs, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, approved the settlement on May 29, 2019. Eligible class members have been sent checks for their portions of this settlement.
August 22nd, 2019: Litigation attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in Durham, NC, along with co-counsel from Maginnis Law PLLC in Raleigh, worked together to settle a class-action lawsuit against a debt collector for $1.2 million.* The Hon. Loretta Biggs, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, approved the settlement on May 29, 2019. Eligible class members have been sent checks for their portions of this settlement.
May 23rd, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was a primary sponsor of the 11th annual Running of the Bulls 8K road race in downtown Durham. This was the seventh consecutive year that the firm has sponsored the race. Fun and fitness is a large part of the firm’s culture. The firm engages in multiple activities throughout the year to motivate and inspire employees to become more mindful of their health and fitness.
April 25th, 2019: Senior Litigation Attorney Hoyt Tessener, of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Tessener, who is also a shareholder of the firm, leads the firm’s litigation practice. He has tried over 100 cases in both federal and state courts in North Carolina.
April 15th, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin invited other American Tobacco Campus tenants, businesses in downtown Durham, and citizens to celebrate Earth Day on the lawn by the Lucky Strike Water Tower. Food trucks and other vendors were present at the event. The firm has made a conscious effort to minimize their environmental footprint, like discontinuing the use of Styrofoam products and going paperless.
April 4th, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin held a series of seminars for Roundup users and their loved ones who developed cancer after prolonged usage of the product. Roundup has been linked to a variety of different cancers. Lawsuits are being filed against Monsanto to help compensate for the victims’ medical costs, injuries, and other expenses related to their cancer diagnosis.
March 28th, 2019: James S. Farrin was granted his first patent for his work with legal case management software, GrowPath. The patent was one of five that GrowPath received from the US Patent and Trademark Office between January 15 and February 19. Started by the firm, GrowPath is now its own separate company and entity.
March 21st, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was a Grand Sponsor of Campbell Law School’s 10/40 gala, which celebrated the law school’s 40th birthday, as well as the 10th anniversary of the law school’s move from its main campus to downtown Raleigh. The firm was also a Gold Sponsor of the law school’s SBA Classic Fundraiser Golf Tournament.
January 30th, 2019: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin donated time, talent, materials, and financial aid to dozens of community and charitable organizations in 2018. It is the firm’s way of supporting communities across North Carolina, as well as employees who have relationships with a wide range of charities. Giving back is a core tenant of the firm.
January 24th, 2019: Litigation attorneys, Gary Jackson and Hoyt Tessener, who is also a Farrin shareholder, have been featured on the 2019 list of “North Carolina Super Lawyers.”* Both Tessener and Jackson have appeared on this highly respected list since 2006. *For more information regarding the standards for inclusion visit www.superlawyers.com.
January 18th, 2019: Senior litigation attorney, Hoyt Tessener, and personal injury attorney, Jeremy Maddox, were named shareholders of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Hoyt has tried over 100 cases in both state and federal courts throughout North Carolina. Jeremy has also been involved in hundreds of cases, including one of the largest civil-rights cases in U.S. history. Known as the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, it dealt with the U.S. government’s discrimination against African-American farmers.
December 20th, 2018: Attorneys Matthew Healey and Michael Roessler were recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as Board-Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law. Board certification represents the highest level of specialization lawyers can reach in the legal industry in North Carolina. Less than 1% of lawyers licensed in NC are board certified workers' compensation specialists. Healey has over 16 years of experience practicing workers' compensation law and Roessler more than seven.
November 13th, 2018: Attorney Gabe Talton was elected Secretary of the GoTriangle Transit Citizen Advisory Committee. GoTriangle is engaged in helping to improve the transit network that serves the rapidly growing Triangle area. As secretary, Talton facilitates communication among GoTriangle members and the state government.
November 6th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin hosted its annual dinner for staff and families of patients at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. Farrin attorneys, paralegals, and staff have seen firsthand the positive impact the Burn Center has had on their clients who have been treated there. Farrin employees view the annual dinner as an opportunity to give back to the community by providing meals and emotional support.
November 1st, 2018: U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” recognized the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in its 2019 Tier 1 ranking for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, in the Raleigh area.* This ranking represents a unique combination of quality and breadth of legal expertise and a high level of respect among clients and other lawyers for the firm’s abilities, professionalism, and integrity. *For more information regarding the standards for inclusion visit bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
October 30th, 2018: To assist in developing planning efforts and launching new initiatives, Campbell Law School named Farrin senior litigation attorney Hoyt Tessener chair of the school's Board of Visitors. With over 30 years of legal experience, Tessener teaches jury selection at the school and is a frequent instructor for legal education programs.
October 18th, 2018: Attorney and shareholder Anabel Rosa was part of a panel of immigrants who spoke to an audience after the production of "In the Heights" at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. A Puerto Rican native, Anabel has been practicing law in the United States for over 20 years. Her passion for and activism throughout the Latinx community garnered her the 2018 "Triangle Business Journal" Women in Business award.
October 9th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin sponsored the City of Durham's screening of "Wilmington on Fire." The documentary film highlighted the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 – an attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob who were supported by the NC Democratic Party.
October 4th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin donated items to the Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) through employee donations and payroll deductions. UMD works to end homelessness and meet emergency needs of poor and hungry neighbors. The law firm is a frequent supporter of the organization.
September 28th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin sponsored the Durham County Bar Association's "Raising the Bar" 5K. This event raised money to benefit the Durham Crisis Response Center, an organization that provides shelter and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in greater Durham.
September 6th, 2018: Thanks to the efforts of attorney Susan Vanderweert, our firm was able to help save a little puppy’s life through Best Friend Pet Adoption (BFPA). BFPA held a fundraiser to help pay for a life-saving procedure for Cisco, a puppy who was born with a heart defect. Susan has been a member of BFPA for over 10 years.
August 23rd, 2018: Governor Roy Cooper selected attorney Anabel Rosa to serve on the Governor's Advisory Council on Hispanic Latino Affairs. Anabel also serves on that council's Subcommittee for Economic Development. Anabel is very active in the Latinx community and was a recipient of the 2018 "Triangle Business Journal" Women in Business award.
June 12th, 2018: Attorney and Farrin shareholder, Mike Jordan, was named to the Durham Bar Association Nominating Committee. As one of nine attorneys on the committee, Mike will evaluate and select officers and directors to the Bar’s Fourteenth Judicial District. He was also recently recognized by the Durham Bar for 25 years as an attorney – 16 of them at James Scott Farrin practicing in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability, medical malpractice, mass tort, and eminent domain law.
May 31st, 2018: There are over 900 eviction filings every month in Durham – many due to little more than landlords selling their buildings to make way for the unprecedented gentrification in the Durham area. Landlords have lawyers, but most tenants do not. That’s not fair. When the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin learned of this crisis and was offered an opportunity to help fund a program that could potentially help tenants seek justice and try to keep their homes, the firm stepped in. We provided seed money to fund the newly launched Durham Eviction Diversion Program through the Duke Law School Civil Justice Clinic and Legal Aid of North Carolina. So far, the program, which provides free legal assistance to low-income residents facing eviction, has helped 80% of those represented. Read this fascinating Herald Sun piece about how this new program is helping tenants fight back.
May 31st, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was a primary sponsor of the 10th annual Running of the Bulls 8k Community Road Race in downtown Durham. For the 6th year, many JSF employees ran in the event or volunteered, handing out water, taking photos, and cheering on runners. Fun and fitness is an important component of our firm, and we are committed to supporting community-minded physical activities like these, especially in our own backyard of beautiful and historic downtown Durham.
May 24th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin donated seed funding to help provide a four-year fellowship position and advance the much-needed works of the Durham Eviction Diversion Program. There are over 900 eviction filings every month in Durham – many due to nothing more than landlords selling their buildings to make way for the unprecedented gentrification in the area. Landlords have lawyers, but most tenants do not. This program, which provides free legal assistance to low-income residents facing eviction, has helped 80% of those represented. According to James S. Farrin, JSF Founder and President, the program isn’t just a good idea, “It’s a sign post for the kind of smart, caring and equitable community we want to be.” Read more in Politico to see how this program is putting Durham on the map and helping to forge the way for other cities to follow suit.
May 21st, 2018: Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Founder and firm President, James S. Farrin, is passionate about advocacy – especially for those who may otherwise have little or no voice. When he learned about Durham’s disproportionate number of tenant evictions (many due to the gentrification of growing downtown Durham), the firm donated important seed money needed to help fund the Durham Eviction Diversion Program through the Duke Law School Civil Justice Clinic and Legal Aid of North Carolina. This program provides free legal assistance to low-income residents facing eviction, and it has already helped 80% of those represented. His advocacy efforts compelled him to write this thought provoking Herald Sun op ed, challenging other businesses, law firms, and individuals to get involved.
May 21st, 2018: Over 200 former students of the defunct for-profit Charlotte School of Law (CSL) have turned to the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to represent them in their fight against the school’s alleged “dishonest” and “misleading” practices, which enticed students to attend the school. Many are tens of thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt. All they want are fair damages for uprooting their very lives – and the lives of their families, in some cases. CSL refuses to compensate these students. And to fight them, they have hired some “high-faluting lawyers”. Farrin attorney Gary Jackson, who is leading our legal efforts against the school, wants to know how CSL can afford such a high level of representation while claiming there is no money to pay students back. Click here for more.
May 17th, 2018: The for-profit Charlotte School of Law (CSL) was shuttered in 2017 after being put on probation and losing Department of Education (DOE) funding, leaving students floundering and with massive debt. Some are without jobs and scant prospects for a job in the legal field because of the school’s tarnished reputation. If that is not enough of a burden on these students, the DOE recently reduced its investigative staff from 12 to only 3. This is the team that investigates for-profit schools’ motives. Farrin attorney Gary Jackson calls this turn of events a “slap in the face” to the 200+ students we represent in individual lawsuits against the school. Read more here, if you can stomach it.
May 3rd, 2018: Farrin Personal Injury attorney Gabe Talton has been appointed to the GoTriangle Transit Advisory Committee for a two-year term. Of particular interest to Gabe is helping to strategize the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route that will be established between NC State University, downtown Cary, and downtown Raleigh in the next five years. A Cary native, Gabe is enthusiastic about serving the town in its efforts to minimize the environmental footprint in Cary and beyond. Read the full article here.
April 26th, 2018: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin drew roughly 200 people to its 2nd annual Earth Day Picnic under the historic Lucky Strike Water Tower at ATC. Attorney, LaDonna Williams and paralegal, Jennifer Marko demonstrated how to upcycle plastic grocery bags by crocheting them into sleeping mats for the homeless. If guests donated a bag, they were treated to some Earth Day jokes courtesy of attorneys, Kenneth Bryan, Matthew Harbin, Michael Jordan, Susan Vanderweert, and Walt Wood. Tyler’s Taproom grilled out good ol’ fashioned picnic fare and many other food and drink vendors offered free samples. 14 environmentally-friendly organizations shared their initiatives and offered freebies. The Durham Bulls baseball team were also part of the event. Click here to find out what Wool E. Bull had to say about littering. (Hint: For a mascot that doesn’t talk, he sure is funny.)
March 29th, 2018: We are extremely proud to announce that Farrin attorney and firm shareholder Anabel Rosa received the Triangle Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding female business leaders in the Triangle. Anabel has practiced law for over 20 years. A Puerto Rican native, she spends much of her time on and off the job advocating for the Hispanic/Latino community. We are so proud of Anabel for her good work, faithfully representing clients and our Hispanic/Latino community, and helping to make a real difference. Here’s more about Anabel’s loooong list of advocacy efforts.
March 16th, 2018: When insurance pays you for car damages, chances are you’re not getting everything you’re owed. Farrin senior litigation attorney Hoyt Tessener sat down with ABC11 News to talk about diminished value claims – something you probably won’t find out about from your insurance company, but something they should reimburse you for. Read ABC11’s shocking report to find out how to try to get paid for diminished value.
March 14th, 2018: When Expedia or any other travel site quotes a hotel room rate for a certain amount, you expect to pay that amount. That’s not what happened to one NC couple who is suing Expedia for misrepresenting their hotel room rate. The Charlotte Observer picked up this consumer justice story and sought the expertise of Farrin senior litigation attorney Gary Jackson, who has handled a number of consumer law cases. His thoughts? “I’m glad they’re fighting this…Markets like the travel industry have become so competitive. They push you as far as they think they can, and sometimes that’s over the line.” If you travel, (or if you just like a good atta boy story) you’ll want to read more here.
HOW DOES A TRIANGLE LAWYER GO FROM GETTING SHOT TO BECOMING A 60 MINUTES EMMY WINNER AND THEN LAND AT JSF?
March 12th, 2018: Farrin attorney Coleman Cowan, is not your stereotypical attorney. Coleman began his legal career in the Triangle. Was shot in Durham. Moved to NYC and became a 60 Minutes producer. A compelling storyteller, Coleman has won so many news story awards, it’s hard to keep track. Two Emmies and a Peabody are among them. Do yourself a favor. Read this News & Observer feature about a gunshot wound that helped launch a career in journalism that took Coleman to jungles, frozen mountaintops, gang territories, and unfriendly countries. Coleman’s story is Emmy material in itself.
January 19th, 2018: It is said, there are three sides to every story. Your side. My side. And the right side. Read senior litigation attorney, Gary Jackson’s, op ed in the Triangle Business Journal about Congressional action that would stymie consumer rights to class action compensation for the misdeeds of financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturers and governmental entities, among others. Then decide for yourself whose side you are on.
January 11th, 2018: Farrin employees celebrated the firm’s 20th anniversary by gathering together in downtown Durham to plant 20 six-foot-tall Ginkgo trees on Burch Avenue. President and Founder, James S. Farrin, who planted the first tree, said, “These trees symbolize our roots in Durham and the growth we have enjoyed, as well as our commitment to a greener future.” Our firm is big on community advocacy and social change, you can read more about it here.
November 29th, 2017: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and Upcycle Legal joined forces to contribute toys and financial donations to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots charity. Between the two companies, we have five former U.S. Marines, including Eric J. Sanchez, Gerald Jones, Marcial Harper, Rey Sosa, and Patrick McGollie. The Toys for Tots charity donates toys to less fortunate children in local communities to help them experience the joy of Christmas. Read more to see how the firm partnered with our Marine heroes to help local kids experience the joy of opening their very own Christmas gift.
September 1st, 2017: On September 1st, 1997, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin opened its first location in Durham. Triangle locals may remember the distinctive black and white “We Mean Business” TV commercials that launched the firm into the public eye. The firm experienced exponential growth and 10 years later led the charge in one of the largest civil-rights cases in U.S. history – a battle against the United States government, which resulted in a $1.25 billion* settlement for more than 18,000 African American Farmers who had been discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
August 17th, 2017: James Scott Farrin attorneys Hoyt Tessener, Barry Jennings, and Matthew Healey have been selected by their peers as a “Best Lawyer” and are listed in the 2018 “Best Lawyers in America” publication. Tessener received the designation for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Healey and Jennings, both Workers’ Compensation attorneys, received the designation in the area of Workers’ Compensation – Claimants. These rankings recognize attorneys across the nation and are based on peer-reviews in which attorneys rank the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area.
January 13th, 2017: Ryan Bliss, attorney with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, a Durham-based personal injury firm, was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a board-certified specialist in worker’s compensation law. Board certification is the highest level of specialization lawyers are able to achieve in the legal industry in North Carolina. Less than 1% of lawyers licensed in NC are board certified workers’ compensation specialists, according to figures from the North Carolina State Bar Association.
January 3rd, 2017: “I fight as hard as I can for my clients,” Says Veteran of 100+ Trials Storied personal injury attorney Hoyt Tessener -- veteran of more than 100 trials over his 28 year career -- has joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. As the firm’s senior litigator, Tessener will lead attorney teams seeking just results for people who have sustained serious injuries and families that have lost loved ones due to someone else's negligence.
December 15th, 2016: Durham Social Security Disability Attorney Crystal Rouse, with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, helped coordinate the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) annual fall state-wide food drive. This annual food drive, known as Harvest for Hunger, has helped feed more than a dozen missions across North Carolina from Boone to New Bern. According to the North Carolina Food Bank, there are nearly 650,000 people who go hungry in the 34-county area (about one-third of the state) they service in central and eastern North Carolina.
November 30th, 2016: Durham Social Security Disability Attorney Crystal Rouse, with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, received another honor (her third this year) when she was appointed as an officer to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Education Committee and asked to be the editor of the October 2016 issue of the organization’s “Trial Briefs” magazine. “Crystal is a leader who has served in many capacities and received well-deserved recognition for her advocacy skills and top-notch work. I am proud to work beside her and to have access to her wise counsel,” said Farrin Attorney and Shareholder Rick Fleming, who heads the firm’s Social Security Disability department.
November 17th, 2016: James Scott Farrin Social Security Disability Attorney Rick Fleming was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for a third term. Members elected him to represent the Fourth and D.C. Circuits. “The NOSSCR is a highly valuable organization that advocates to improve the disability determination and adjudication process. It has been my honor to serve alongside others in this worthwhile organization, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves again this year in an effort to offer meaningful contributions to the organization and ultimately to the claimants who depend on us,” Fleming said.
October 6th, 2016: Matthew Healey, workers’ compensation attorney with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, spoke at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Continuing Legal Education Seminar, September 16th. The all-day event, which was held at NCAJ headquarters in Raleigh, focused on “Quirky Issues in Workers’ Comp.”
September 15th, 2016: James Scott Farrin attorneys Crystal Rouse and Mike Rothrock, and paralegal Linda Ethredge, were recognized at the 2016 North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) convention for their continued community service helping NCAJ protect people’s rights. NCAJ CEO Dick Taylor said, “NCAJ has long appreciated the volunteer hours attorneys and paralegals at James Scott Farrin put in to support NCAJ in its mission to protect the rights of all North Carolinians and there’s no exception with Crystal Rouse, Mike Rothrock, and Linda Ethredge. They are exceptional professionals who do a lot to support the professional development of their peers across the state; we thank them for their service.”
August 11th, 2016: Employees of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin recently adopted mile 2 to 3 of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail in southeast Raleigh near New Hope Road and the Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Adopting the greenway is part of continued efforts by the firm’s expanding Green Team in their pledge to “individually and collectively make the world a better place, do our part to reduce our environmental footprint, and strive to be increasingly conscious of the environment in everyday decisions.”
June 23rd, 2016: James S. Farrin, president and founder of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, spoke at a class on law firm business models at the Duke University School of Law Master of Judicial Studies program in June 2016. He was among four guest instructors invited to the law school, which is ranked #11 nationally the "U.S. News & World Report" Education rankings. Farrin presented on how a successful personal injury law firm is run, which is a topic he is uniquely familiar with and well recognized for throughout our state. Farrin’s business model, which is somewhat unique to most law firms, is something that began percolating in his mind since his own law school days at Duke University, where he graduated with honors.
May 31st, 2016: For the 4th time, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin will sponsor the Running of the Bulls 8K community road race and USA Track & Field 8K Championship. This year’s 8th annual race will take place in downtown Durham on Saturday, June 4th at 7:15 a.m. at the Durham Athletic Park. Every year the Running of the Bulls event benefits a local non-profit, and this year’s beneficiary is Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA). To date the event has netted more than $10,000 for DurhamCares, Habitat for Humanity, and TROSA.
May 18th, 2016: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is among the sponsors of this year’s annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Walk Like MADD 5K, which kicks off May 21st at the Dorothea Dix Campus in downtown Raleigh. James Scott Farrin Attorney Mike Garland is a new member of the MADD North Carolina Advisory Board and Walk Like MADD team captain for this year’s event.
April 21st, 2016: As part of an ongoing employee health and wellness program that began several years ago, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is offering their employees $100 toward the purchase of a Fitbit, a wearable electronic device that allows you to track activity, exercise, calories, weight, and sleep. James S. Farrin, firm president, said of the program, “Our employees are our best assets, and we are always looking for meaningful ways to invest in them to give them incentives to enjoy the rewards of good health. We made a huge commitment several years ago to encourage our employees to engage in more physical activity and healthy eating. So far, the Fitbit program has been very well received and the benefits are exponential. The healthier our employees are, the more productive they are likely to be, and they can potentially save money on their health insurance premiums. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
January 1st, 1970: The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin recently added four names to its list of shareholders. Workers’ Compensation attorney Brian Clemmons and Litigation attorney Coleman Cowan are joined by Personal Injury attorneys Chelsea Ragan and J. Gabe Talton on the firm’s distinguished list of shareholders. Each attorney brings their own rich history, experience, and expertise to the firm’s leadership.