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. James served as class counsel and as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the black farmer 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” list from 2013 to 2022.1
Civil Rights Class Actions
Business North Carolina 2021, 2022 “Power List – Law”2
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” list1
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
Duke University School of Law
1990 J.D., with honors
1985 B.A. in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa
1 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list, visit thenationaltriallawyers.org.
2 For more information regarding standards of inclusion, visit https://www.farrin.com/business-nc-power-list/.
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 represent that similar results will be achieved in your case. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.
* Denotes Inactive Member