Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Reinforces, Expands Litigation Team

"Our goal has always been to build a great firm by creating an advantage for every one of our clients,” said firm Founder and President James S. Farrin.

According to a “Corporate Counsel” magazine article dated October 14, 2016, the number of attorneys who take cases all the way to trial continues to decline. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is instead expanding and strengthening its trial litigation practice. The team is led by litigation attorney Hoyt Tessener*. Tessener has won multiple multimillion dollar verdicts** in many high-profile cases throughout North Carolina and other states during his 28-year career. Litigation attorney Gary Jackson who has been responsible for verdicts and settlements totaling more than $100 million** over his 37-year career, has also joined the team.

The law firm is also expanding its practice domain outside the areas of personal injury and car accidents, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and eminent domain. Some of these areas include products liability, construction defects, consumer protection, nursing home negligence, birth injuries, medical malpractice, class actions, negligent security and whistleblower claims among others.

“Our goal has always been to build a great firm by creating an advantage for every one of our clients,” said firm Founder and President James S. Farrin. “Sometimes that means going to court to let a jury decide. As more and more law firms settle out of court, we are expanding our litigation practice to place a stronger emphasis on trial work.”

Tessener said, “From what I have seen, we may be one of the few that are going in the opposite direction. It’s a bit like a first responder. When there’s a fire and everybody else is running out of the building, the firefighters are running in. We plan to be their litigation firefighters.”

The firm claims that sometimes insurance companies may be less likely to take a case seriously and offer fair value if they do not feel threatened by a trial by jury.

Farrin attorney Walt Wood who is part of the litigation team said, “Taking a case all the way to trial can be expensive and demand a lot of resources, which we have. We want insurance companies to know we are prepared to go to court if that is what it takes to try to get a fair result for the client.”

Law firms who, in the past, have needed co-counsel on expensive and high-stakes trials have often sought both Tessener and Jackson as co-counsel.

Tessener said, “Ultimately, if law firms have litigation going, certainly in this state, and they are seeking litigation assistance, our firm is prepared to offer heavy hitting co-counsel.”

*Full time, of counsel
**Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 13 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. The firm’s 45 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts, and Products Liability. Seven of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.

Contact Information:
David Chamberlin
280 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701

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