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Thomas A. Farr

Shareholder Raleigh

Mr. Farr concentrates on workplace safety, employment litigation and advice, and constitutional law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America* and is A-V rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory*. Mr. Farr is listed in the 2002-2015 editions of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite*. In 2007 and 2008, Super Lawyers* named Mr. Farr as one of the top 100 lawyers in North Carolina. Mr. Farr was also selected as one of the leading employment lawyers in North Carolina by Chambers USA*, America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2004-present editions.

In December 2006 Mr. Farr was nominated by President George W. Bush to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He received the highest rating for fitness for the bench given by the American Bar Association.

Prior to 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.

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


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  • 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 NC OSHA attempting to appeal the general industry standards to agricultural operations
  • Lead counsel 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 through 2015). Counsel to NC Speaker and President Pro Tem on Voting Rights issues and election law reform (2011-2015)
  • Lead counsel for plaintiff interveners in Shaw v. Hunt, which challenged North Carolina’s 1992 Congressional redistricting. Successfully prepared and argued appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 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 brought by Washington-based legal defense fund against a local rental car company for alleged racial 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 racial 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

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina 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 of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member of Personnel Committee, N.C. Bar Association

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September 20, 2017 - Law360 - "Worker, Voting Rights Dominate Panel On Trump Judge Picks"
December 07, 2011 - The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law - "OSHA Issues New Rules on Investigating Workplace Violence"