Gary Farmer

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$40,000,000 Class action settlement for Florida mobile homeowners.

$13,000,000 jury verdict for elevator accident victim.

$1.4 billion whistleblower settlement obtained by firm partner Gary Farmer from Eli Lilly for False Claims Act action related to Zyprexa.


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Gary Farmer

Gary Farmer has spent almost his entire career fighting for the rights of consumers, fair and just compensation for victims, the creation of new law that protects society, and the protection of the civil justice system and full access to the court system. Already 6 years old when his father started law school, he attended law school classes while waiting for his father to give him a ride home. Having developed an interest in the law at an early age, upon graduation for The University of Toledo College of Law (also his father’s alma mater), and raised with his mother’s good heart and conscience, it was no surprise that after a few years of training with insurance defense firms he converted to plaintiffs’ work and has never looked back. 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 at "Top Lawyer" for his work in class actions.

Over the past decade, Mr. Farmer has been at the forefront of high-profile consumer litigation in Florida: Whether acting as lead counsel in record setting qui tam recoveries, 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, representing consumers who were deceived by tobacco companies’ deceptive marketing practices involving light cigarettes, or representing patients, consumers and employees wronged by deceptive trade practices. Mr. Farmer has also been involved in landmark pharmaceutical litigation (Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) involving injury claims of patients who ingested drugs with dangerous side-effects that were hidden by the drug companies.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Farmer is an active lobbyist who works only on consumer protections and access to court issues. For the several years, Mr. Farmer has spent six to seven weeks volunteering as a lobbyist in Tallahassee for the Florida Justice Association (“FJA”). Business and money control politics and, by extension, the legislative process. The FJA is the only organization in Florida whose sole purpose is to protect access to the courts and preserve legal protections for consumers. Gary takes great pride in his dedication to the FJA and the constitutional protections for which it stands. The FJA has recognized Farmer for his efforts by awarding him the EAGLE Legend Award, the EAGLE Top Recruting 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 is a member of the Florida Bar, 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 President of the Florida Justice of Association. He is also a member of the  American Association for Justice'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:

  • "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

Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Member

  • American Bar Association – Member

  • Broward County Justice Association – Member

  • Florida Justice Association – President

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter – Member

  • The Florida Bar – Member

  

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Awards

Best Lawyer Super Lawyer                          
Martindale Hubbell AV South Florida Legal Guide