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Thomas Farr • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Ogletree Deakins
2301 Sugar Bush Road
Suite 600
Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
phone 919.787.9700
fax  919.783.9412


Mr. Farr concentrates on workplace law representing management, complex litigation, 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 2002-2007 editions of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. In 2007, 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 2004-2007 editions.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.Some of the representative matters in which Mr. Farr has been involved are:

<li>Lead counsel for major corporation in four week intentional infliction of emotional distress trial in which plaintiff asked for multiple millions of dollars in economic and psychological damages. Jury returned a verdict for the defense.
<li>Lead counsel for plaintiff intervenors in Shaw v. Hunt, which challenged North Carolina’s 1992 Congressional redistricting. Successfully prepared and argued appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
<li>Lead counsel in Stephenson v. Bartlett, a lawsuit successfully challenging North Carolina’s 2001 and 2002 legislative districts under the North Carolina Constitution.
<li>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.
<li>Lead defense counsel in class action by EEOC against major multinational corporation for alleged racial harassment.
<li>First chair in employment discrimination lawsuit by railroad employee against major railroad. Jury returned a defense verdict.
<li>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.
<li>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.


  • College: B.L.S., summa cum laude, Hillsdale College, 1976
  • Law School: J.D., Emory University, 1979
  • Other: LL.M., Labor Law, Georgetown University, 1983

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