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Thomas A. Farr

Thomas A. Farr

Partner

GlenLake One
4140 Parklake Avenue
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27612
tom.farr@nelsonmullins.com

Tom concentrates on workplace safety, employment litigation and advice, and constitutional law.

He has tried cases in federal and state courts in North Carolina and has handled appeals at all levels of the North Carolina appellate courts and before the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before entering private practice in 1983,...

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Tom concentrates on workplace safety, employment litigation and advice, and constitutional law.

He has tried cases in federal and state courts in North Carolina and has handled appeals at all levels of the North Carolina appellate courts and before the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before entering private practice in 1983, he was an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and law clerk to the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employment Law at Campbell University School of Law from 1990 through 1995.

Thomas A. Farr

he was an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and law clerk to the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employment Law at Campbell University School of Law from 1990 through 1995.

Tom concentrates on workplace safety, employment litigation and advice, and constitutional law.

He has tried cases in federal and state courts in North Carolina and has handled appeals at all levels of the North Carolina appellate courts and before the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before entering private practice in 1983,... he was an attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, and law clerk to the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr., Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employment Law at Campbell University School of Law from 1990 through 1995.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Lead counsel in numerous employment discrimination cases
  • Lead counsel in numerous administrative OSHA trials before the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, including death cases, alleged violations of the general duty clause, and trench citations
  • Lead counsel in OSHA case brought by N.C. OSHA attempting to apply the general industry standards to agricultural operations
  • Lead counsel in various N.C. redistricts for the president pro tem of the North Carolina State Senate and the speaker of the North Carolina House on redistricting legislation and pending redistricting litigation (2011–2015). Counsel to N.C. speaker and president pro tem on voting rights issues and election law reform (2011–2015)
  • Lead counsel in Shaw v. Hunt, 517 U.S. 899, 116 S. Ct. 1894, 135 L. Ed. 2d 207 (1996)
  • Lead counsel in Stephenson v. Bartlett, a lawsuit successfully challenging North Carolina’s 2001 and 2002 legislative districts under the North Carolina Constitution
  • Lead defense counsel in class-action suit against a local rental car company for alleged discrimination against customers
  • First chair in sexual harassment/intentional infliction and emotional distress claim in which plaintiff sought damages in excess of $20 million against a major corporation. Jury verdict returned in all claims for the defendant
  • Lead defense counsel in class action by EEOC against major multinational corporation for alleged harassment
  • First chair in employment discrimination lawsuit by railroad employee against major railroad. Jury returned a defense verdict
  • First chair for a local school board in defense of a case involving an alleged breach of an employment contract and alleged violation of statutory and constitutional rights. Jury returned verdict for school board
  • Successful argument of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, overturning a bargaining unit determination by the National Labor Relations Board

 

Education

  • Georgetown University, LLM, Labor Law
  • Emory University School of Law, JD
  • Hillsdale College, B.L.S.

Admissions

  • North Carolina

Practice Areas

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  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor and Employment Star (2021)
  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment - North Carolina (2004–present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Labor and Employment (1997–present)
    • Raleigh Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
    • Raleigh Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2015)
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2016)
  • Martindale AV Rated
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (Judicial Council, Permanent Member)
  • Campbell University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Labor and Employment Law (1990–1995)
  • Permanent member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • N.C. Bar Association, Personnel Committee
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