“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.
It’s a job Tessener understands well and knows to be intense. Tessener has handled cases throughout the U.S. against some of the largest companies in the world, and has been responsible for verdicts and settlements of over $90 million1 in the last 10 years alone.
“The people I represent — no matter what walk of life they come from — are often scared,” Tessener says. “They’re not sure what to do. In some cases, they’re not sure they can do anything. They’re underdogs.
I know there’s a lot they can do — and I will fight as hard as I can for them. I am well aware that I’m fighting for my clients to get the care they need or for compensation to put their lives back together. So I’d better do my best — and I do.”
Knowing the Other Side
Tessener, who has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina, brings to every case a keen understanding of how the other side thinks. Before moving to plaintiffs’ cases, Tessener worked for four years as a defense lawyer.
“Knowing the strategies the opposing lawyers might be going with is definitely an advantage,” he says. “There may be more of them — 12 or 15. But they can only talk one at a time … They can yell at me, they can do what they want, it doesn’t matter to me. The whole time, I’m thinking through what’s best for my client. My clients always know what’s going on and where we stand because we are a team fighting together.”
Leveling the Playing Field
Tessener’s aggressive, hardworking and strategically savvy approach fits in well with the values and style of his new firm.
“People who have been injured want to be confident there’s a level playing field for seeking justice, and Hoyt’s experience and skills in effect level the field,” says firm founder James S. Farrin. “The defense does not get to set the value of a person’s loss. Hoyt has the experience to know the likely value, pursue that value and fight to try to deliver results.”
Tessener notes that the technology, resources and staff the firm brings to bear is a key asset: “Look, the underdog is going up against a big company and is probably going to be outnumbered. But if you have the tech-savvy ability to get at pertinent information fast, you can stay a step ahead.”
Fast Facts about Hoyt Tessener
- Tried over 100 cases
- Multiple verdict awards of $1,000,000 or more for clients1
- Tried cases in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina
- Appeared in court in multiple states including: North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina
- Concentrates in personal injury cases including serious automobile and trucking accidents, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, fraud and product liability claims
- Grew up in Shelby, N.C.
- Graduated from NC State with a B.S. degree in textiles in 1983; earned his J.D. from the Campbell School of Law in 1988
- Past chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation Section and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Auto Tort Section; served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice; member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice
- Adjunct professor for the last 15 years at Campbell School of Law concentrating in jury selection
- In 1997, noted trial lawyer Gerry Spence selected Tessener to attend his Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. After attending the college, he was invited to join the college faculty.
- Selected by his peers for inclusion as a ‘Super Lawyer’ in “North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine”3 every year since 2006 and in “Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite”4 in 2015
- Favorite holiday movie: “Christmas Vacation”
- Favorite book: “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Nonprofit involvement: StepUp Ministries
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