Senior Litigation Attorney, Hoyt Tessener, Farrin Shareholder and Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Barry Jennings, and Workers’ Compensation Attorney Matthew Healey have been selected as “Best Lawyers”* in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America*. Having a designation of “Best Lawyers”* represents 5% of attorneys across the United States who are selected by peer review. After analyzing 7.8 million votes, the 2019 edition named 60,000 leading lawyers to the list. This is Hoyt’s 12th year on the list, Barry’s 5th, and Matthew’s 7th. Read more about their accomplishments here.
*For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Best Lawyers” visit www.bestlawyers.com.
Attorney Mike Jordan named to Durham Bar Nominating Committee - June 12, 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. Read more
Eviction crisis in Durham: A need that needs to be met - May 31, 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.
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. Read more
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.
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.
Charlotte School of Law pays pricey lawyers to fight against paying student compensation - May 21, 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.
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.
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.
200 Attend 2nd Annual Farrin Earth Day Picnic at ATC - April 26, 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.)
Farrin attorney Anabel Rosa receives 2018 Women in Business Award - March 29, 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.
Are you leaving money on the table after a car accident? (Probably) - March 16, 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.
Teaching Expedia a Lesson - March 14, 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 12, 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.
Farrin attorney Gary Jackson’s opinion on class action lawsuits - January 19, 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.
Downtown Durham gets 20 trees to honor JSF 20th year - January 11, 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.
U.S. Marines visit JSF to join forces with Toys for Tots - November 29, 2018
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.
Acclaimed Attorney & Advocate Gary Jackson Joins Law Offices of James Scott Farrin - September 7, 2017
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*.
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Celebrates 20 Years Serving NC Personal Injury Clients - September 1, 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.
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.
Attorney Ryan Bliss Now A Board-Certified Workers Compensation Specialist - January 13, 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.
“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.
Durham Attorney Crystal Rouse Helps Coordinate NCAJ Annual State-Wide Food Drive - December 15, 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.
James Scott Farrin Attorney Appointed to NCAJ Advocacy Committee - November 30, 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.
James Scott Farrin Attorney Re-elected to National Social Security Advocacy Organization - November 17, 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.
James Scott Farrin Named to U.S. News’ Best Law Firms List - November 12, 2016
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, a Durham-based law firm with 14 North Carolina locations, 38 attorneys, and 125 professional staff members, received the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 ranking (the highest ranking) for Workers’ Compensation – Raleigh.
According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers, achieving a tiered ranking indicates a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. With nearly 700,000 law firm assessments and more than 47,000 client evaluations, firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. More specifically, a tiered ranking denotes a high level of respect among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
James Scott Farrin Attorney Naa Atsoi Adu-Antoh Was Speaker at NCAJ Fall Conference - October 20, 2016
James Scott Farrin attorney and registered nurse Naa Atsoi Adu-Antoh spoke at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), annual Magic Mountain conference on “What’s Hidden in Those Medical Records?”
James S. Farrin, president of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin said, “We are very fortunate to have on staff a skilled attorney who is a trained nurse – and trained at Johns Hopkins. Naa’s unique medical education and training has been instrumental in helping us better serve clients, and we are delighted that others in the legal community had an opportunity to share in her expertise.”
James Scott Farrin Attorney Matthew Healey NCAJ Conference Speaker - October 6, 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.”
James Scott Farrin Attorneys and Paralegal Recognized as “Exceptional Professionals” for NCAJ Work - September 15, 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.”
James Scott Farrin Steps Up Efforts to Leave a Greener Footprint - August 11, 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.”
James S. Farrin Addresses Prestigious Duke Law School Program - June 23, 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.
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.
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.
Employees of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Get Fitbits - April 21, 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.”
James Scott Farrin Attorney Pridgen Green Moderates at National Honda Campus All-Star Challenge - April 14, 2016
James Scott Farrin Attorney, Pridgen (PJ) Green, spent the week of April 3rd serving as a moderator for the 27th annual National Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in Los Angeles, California, where 48 teams of students from historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) competed academically for $75,000 in grant money toward the winning team’s school. This year’s winner was Florida A&M University.
Having participated in this championship herself as a college student from 1998 to 2001, this was Green’s second year moderating, and her fifth year volunteering. At this year’s national championship, Green was part of more than 100 volunteers who served as game officials, registration conductors, and hosts to the students.
Would-Be U.S. Citizens Get Pro Bono Application Assistance from James Scott Farrin Attorneys - April 4, 2016
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin will, for the third consecutive year, co-sponsor and help provide free application assistance at local citizenship workshops in the Triangle area April 9th and May 21st.
The law firm co-sponsors these workshops in conjunction with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, El Centro Hispano, Univision 40, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ).
Attorney at Law Magazine, North Carolina Triangle edition, recently selected James S. Farrin as attorney of the month in the February issue.
If you live in Durham or the surrounding area, you’ve undoubtedly seen the “We Mean Business” commercials for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Did you ever wonder who’s behind the business of “We Mean Business”?
Attorney Vanderweert Receives NC’s Highest Designation for Workers’ Compensation Law - January 13, 2016
Susan Vanderweert, an attorney with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in worker’s compensation law.
Board certification is the highest level of specialization available for the legal industry in North Carolina. Only 0.5% of lawyers in NC are board certified workers’ compensation specialists, according to the North Carolina State Bar Association.
CowParade North Carolina 2012 - August 9, 2012
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the CowParade North Carolina 2012.
CowParade is the largest and most successful art event in the world. The event features life-sized cow sculptures that have been painted and transformed by local artists. After the cows go “on parade” around the Triangle, they will be auctioned off to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC.
Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Donates Durham Bulls Tickets to the Boys and Girls Club - June 06, 2012
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin was honored to donate Durham Bulls tickets to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Durham, North Carolina. Thanks to the firm’s gift, the group was able to watch the Durham Bulls square off against the Indianapolis Indians on Friday, April 27.
It was an exciting game for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to see. While the Bulls ultimately lost, the team displayed the same fighting spirit that made them famous in the movie “Bull Durham.”
Law Offices of James Scott Farrin announces its sponsorship of Running of the Bulls in North Carolina - May 21, 2012
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Fourth Annual Running of the Bulls 8K, Durham’s premiere community road race and USA Track & Field NC Championship, on Saturday, June 2, in Durham, North Carolina.
Running of the Bulls is an 8 kilometer race – equivalent to 4.97 miles – that will wind its way through the historic downtown area of Durham, North Carolina. The race will start at 7:15 a.m. on Foster Street, close to the Durham Farmer’s Market and the YMCA. During the course of the race, runners will be able to get a glimpse of the different neighborhoods and cultural hotspots around Durham, including the American Tobacco campus, home to the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. The race will conclude with a lap around the track at Old Durham Athletic Park.
Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Employees Raise Money and Collect Goods for Ronald McDonald House of Durham - March 21, 2012
Employees at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin sponsored a Cup O’ Chili Chow Down on Friday, March 2 to raise money and collect kitchen items for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.
Employees at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin sponsored a Cup O’ Chili Chow Down on Friday, March 2, to raise money and collect kitchen items for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.