Attorney James S. Farrin

Making a meaningful difference in the lives of clients

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

Mr. Farrin 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 Mr. Farrin's legal work has earned him membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum1, his passion is using business principles to try to provide the highest quality legal services possible for the firm's clients.

"Our greatest satisfaction comes from making a difference in the lives of our clients," Mr. Farrin says. "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."

Mr. Farrin 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 farmer discrimination case.

Mr. Farrin 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.

Mr. Farrin 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 20202.

Practice Area:

Personal Injury
Product Liability
Civil Rights Class Actions

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


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 Forum1


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


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 Listing2

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

* Denotes Inactive Member

1 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.

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