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John T. Farmer
  John T. Farmer is the founding and managing partner at Farmer Case & Fedor and specializes in general civil litigation, with concentration in the areas of vehicular, products and premises liability, medical and professional malpractice, director’s and officer’s liability, government entity liability, toxic torts, construction injuries, insurance coverage and bad faith actions, and general business litigation. He is also actively involved in business transactional work for small and medium-sized businesses, including business formations, acquisitions and sales, and employment and contract matters.
Practice Focus Areas
Auto and Trucking Liability
Business Transactional and Litigation
Construction Defect
Directors and Officers Liability
Employer’s Liability
Garagekeepers Liability
Government Entity Defense
Insurance Coverage

Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Product Liability

Professional Experience
Farmer Case & Fedor, Managing Partner San Diego, CA  (1997 - Current)
Tuverson & Hillyard, Managing Partner San Diego, CA  (1987-1997)
Cooksey, Howard, Martin & Toolen Tustin, CA  (1979-1987)
Deputy County Attorney, Gallatin County Bozeman, MT (1978-1979)
Arbitrator, San Diego County Superior Court
Fee Arbitrator, San Diego County Bar Association
Judge Pro-Tem, Orange and San Diego County Superior Courts
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated practitioner

Career Highlights
Arbitrator, San Diego County Superior Court; San Diego Bar Assn. Fee Arbitrator
Judge Pro-Tem, Orange and San Diego County Superior Courts
Lecturer to Insurance Industry - Insurance Coverage and Procedural Issues
“AV” Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations/Memberships
San Diego County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
California State Bar Association
Montana Bar Association
Phi Delta Phi, Phi Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Tau
Past-President, San Diego Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions
Montana and U.S. District Court, District of Montana (1977)
State of California (1979)
U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1979)
U.S. Supreme Court (1982)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (1988)

Educational Background
B.A. Marquette University 1974
Juris Doctor University of Montana 1977

Mr. Farmer was born and raised in the Chicago area. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1974, achieving honor society awards in his major fields of study, Philosophy (Phi Sigma Tau) and Political Science (Phi Sigma Alpha). After graduation, Mr. Farmer moved to the State of Montana to join his family, and attended law school at the University of Montana at Missoula, where he graduated in 1977, achieving AmJur book awards in Family Law and UCC-Sales. Throughout law school, Mr. Farmer was actively employed as a law clerk, first, for Montana Legal Services and, later, for the Gallatin and Missoula County Attorneys’ Offices. In this capacity, under the “student practice rule,” Mr. Farmer had the benefit and opportunity to serve as prosecutor in more than 25 misdemeanor trials, achieving a 100% conviction rate.

Upon graduation and admission to the Montana State and Federal Bar Associations in 1977, Mr. Farmer had the unique opportunity to serve as clerk to Montana State Supreme Court Justice John C. Harrison. He returned to prosecution work for the Gallatin County Attorney’s Office in 1978, where he successfully prosecuted and tried a broad mix of misdemeanors and felonies, including White-Collar criminal matters.

In 1979, Mr. Farmer relocated to California and commenced his present civil practice. Over the following years his practice gradually broadened to encompass a wide range of litigation and transactional matters. Since 1987, he has regularly served as both an Arbitrator and Judge Pro-tem for the Orange and San Diego County Superior Courts. He is a regular lecturer to the insurance industry and small businesses through the National Business Institute and other groups. He is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Farmer is past-President of the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association.

A former participant in the “Big Brother” program, Mr. Farmer is known in the San Diego Community for his active involvement and enthusiasm for local YMCA Indian Guides and Indian Princess programs, in which he has served as “Nation Chief” and Council Member. He has donated his time, interest and experience to local community groups as well, having served as officer and director of three residential community associations, and is currently an elected member of the Tierrasanta Community Council.

Mr. Farmer is a practitioner who cares deeply about the firm’s clients and their legal challenges. He is committed to providing services which give “value” to a client, consisting of that combination of outcome or result which, given the cost of the services performed, the timeliness of the legal work and the regular and frequent communication throughout the handling of the matter, leads to client satisfaction.

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