Thomas J. Farrell, Partner

Mr. Farrell's practice focuses on criminal defense, ranging from pre-indictment investigations and negotiations and the representation of witnesses and victims, to trials, appeals and post-conviction petitions; from white collar matters such as health care fraud, tax evasion, complex securities frauds, and environmental crimes, to capital murder. In addition, he has extensive experience in civil rights litigation, commercial fraud litigation, corporate compliance and internal investigations and the prosecution and defense of qui tam or whistleblower claims in connection with government contracts. His cases have included such high profile matters as the representation of professional athletes before Congress; the largest Clean Water Act recovery from a citizen's suit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the only False Claims Act whistleblower suit in the for-profit education sector to merit intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice; defense of the largest fraud case ever prosecuted in the Western District of Pennsylvania; and defense of the Penn State administrators' case.

Mr. Farrell has a long and varied career as a private and government lawyer, including as an AUSA in Pittsburgh, where he prosecuted financial crimes and public corruption. For his work on such cases, he was awarded the Director's Award from the Executive Offices of United States Attorneys. Before his term as an AUSA, Mr. Farrell was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of New York. He started his career as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Diamond of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Farrell frequently lectures and writes on criminal practice, civil liberties, and evidence. He is the author of the practical two-volume treatise Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques, (James Publishing 2008-2014).

Mr. Farrell also is active in community affairs and in efforts to improve the legal system. He teaches White Collar Crime as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a co-author of the ACLU's report on the Allegheny County Office of Public Defender, "A Job Left Undone" (October 2011). .

He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1986, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Farrell received his B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy from Yale University in 1983.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

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