Gary Farmer

Gary Farmer has spent almost his entire career fighting for the rights of consumers, fair and just compensation for victims, and the protection of the civil justice system and full access to courts.

Gary developed an interest in law when he was in the first grade and his father was attending law school; he would take the bus to the law school and sit in the back of his father's classes waiting for a ride home. After following in his father's footsteps and attending the same law school Gary began his legal career with an insurance defense firm where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience in trial law before moving into plaintiff's work.

Over the past decade, Mr. Farmer has been at the forefront of high-profile consumer litigation in Florida and across the country: creating new law and causes of actions for subscribers wrongfully denied coverage by their HMO’s; litigating the “Butterfly Ballot” and absentee voting cases to the Florida Supreme Court during the infamous 2000 election litigation; and representing patients, consumers and employees wronged by various corporations, hospitals and insurance companies' deceptive trade practices. In the past few years Mr. Farmer served as lead counsel in some of the largest qui tam recoveries in the country's history involving off-label marketing of pharmaceutical drugs (Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson). He has consistently sought to protect the rights of consumers and helped them achieve redress for financial wrongs and bodily injury.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Farmer has devoted thousands of hours serving as a board member, officer and in 2012-2013 as President of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), the state's largest and most effective consumer protection organization. For the past several years, he spent six to seven weeks a year volunteering as a lobbyist in Tallahassee for the FJA, fighting proposed laws that would limit the Constitutional right to access the court, impose limitations on claims, allow for insurance companies to act in bad faith, and less consumer protections. The FJA has recognized Farmer for his efforts by awarding him the EAGLE Legend Award, the EAGLE Top Recruiting Champion Award and the Gold EAGLE Award.

Through it all, Mr. Farmer's motivation has been consistent – protect society the way he would want his wife Stacey and his daughters Hannah and Abigail protected. His devotion to the law is second only to his devotion to his family, without whom his life would be incomplete.

Mr. Farmer has been profiled in The Best Lawyers In America and rated AV by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Rating system. The South Florida Legal Guide has selected Mr. Farmer to be recognized as a "Top Lawyer" for his work in class actions. Additionally, Mr. Farmer has been selected as a 2015 Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer magazine.

Mr. Farmer is a member of the Florida Bar, and is appointed to the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He is a board member of the Broward County Justice Association and a Past President of the Florida Justice of Association. He is also a proud member of the American Association for Justice and it's Leadership Forum and board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter.

Practice Areas:

  • Class Actions

  • Civil Rights

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

  • U.S. Distrct Court, Middle District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education:

Awards & Honors:

  • Profiled in The Best Lawyers in America

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • The Florida Justice Association EAGLE Legend Award

  • The Florida Justice Association EAGLE Recruiting Champion Award

  • The Florida Justice Association Gold EAGLE Award

  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Florida Lawyer 

  • Super Lawyer Magazine's South Florida Super Lawyer

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • “Availability of Whistleblower Actions in Various Countries,” American  Association for Justice Annual Convention, 2015
  • "General and Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update," Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, 2015

  • "Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices – Insurance Coverage," Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2015

  • "Moderated the Qui Tam Projects and Litigation Session," Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2015

  • "Qui Tam/False Claims Issues – The Basics – Statutory Construction and practical Considerations in Evaluation Cases "Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2015
  • "General Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update," Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, 2014

  • "Billions Recovered in 2012: Qui Tam (Federal and State): The Rise and Reward of the American Whistleblower," Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2014

  • "The Rise of the American Whistleblower," Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference, 2013

  • "State Attorney General Actions in Drug Cases: Are You Wasting All of Your Hard Work?", Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference, 2012

  • "Constitutional Issues Arising Under 'New PIP'", Auto Insurance Seminar, 2012

  • "Everything You Always Wanted to Ask About Qui Tam Cases - But Where Afraid to Ask", 2012 Workhorse Seminar, 2012

  • "Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update", Florida Justice "Association's Annual Convention, 2012

  • "Auto Insurance Legislation: PIP on the Cusp?", Auto Negligence Seminar, 2011

In The News:

  • WCVB Boston - Jury Awards $24 Million to Mass. Widower In Fatal Cabana Crash - 6/25/2015

  • NBC6 - Jury Awards 24 Million In Fatal Cabana Crash - 6/24/2015

Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Member

  • American Bar Association – Member

  • Broward County Justice Association – Member

  • Florida Justice Association – Member and Former President

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter – Member

  • The Florida Bar – Code & Rules of Evidence Committee – Member

  

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Awards

Best Lawyer Super Lawyer                          
Martindale Hubbell AV South Florida Legal Guide