The late James F. Farmer began the law firm in 1978 after practicing in Prince George’s County with delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. He built the firm in Waldorf, Maryland, using sheer aggression, tenacity and hard work, turning the firm into one that had the reputation as the hardest fighting firm in the history of Southern Maryland. Mr. Farmer, the father, was known as a “bulldog” who never took no for an answer.
James E. Farmer has continued in that tradition. The Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, is renowned throughout Maryland for its unique combination of being a feared car accident and personal injury firm, but also highly respected for its representation of DUI/traffic clients to major felony criminal defense acumen. In point of fact, Mr. Farmer is one of the few select attorneys in the country who have been named to both the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 for Civil Plaintiff and National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 for Criminal Defense.
Mr. Farmer has already in 2018 handled and won a wider array of big cases than many attorneys could ever image. In 2018, Mr. Farmer, along with Associate Michael Klopfer as co-counsel in the case, won an Opioid overdose murder trial in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He was retained for the matter of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Hospital “dumping” a young black woman in the streets of Baltimore on a cold January night. And also in 2018, a settlement of $966,000 was reached for a client (names of parties are confidential) in a car crash case. Some of these cases handled by the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, as well as many others, are covered in newspapers and news sources such as the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the Baltimore Sun. Insurance companies know and respect James E. Farmer, senior associate Alison Mason Heurich and its talented associates. Mr. Farmer, the managing partner, after growing up as a part of the law firm, has over a decade of experience as a trial lawyer, starting with an internship under Daniel J. White, Esquire, in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland, in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he excelled while studying abroad in the United Kingdom, in a comparative law program at University of Aberdeen School of Law in Scotland.
His intensive legal studies enabled him to graduate from law school at the University of Baltimore a semester earlier than most of his law school colleagues. Mr. Farmer passed the bar on his first attempt, and did so with flying colors. After graduating, he immediately continued working at Farmer & Pyles, P.A., but at this point as an associate attorney and apprentice under his father.
Mr. Farmer gained unique, unprecedented experience in the first years of his practice. Before reaching the age of 30, Mr. Farmer had worked on serious criminal cases such as:
- Attempted murder
- Felony gun charges
- Armed robbery
- Drug distribution
- Drug trafficking
Additionally, he handled serious injury and car accident cases to include serious spinal injuries (i.e. herniated discs, fractured vertebra, etc), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and many other injuries requiring advanced medical treatment (i.e. spinal fusion surgeries, plate and rod fixations, laminectomies, etc.).
Before his 30th birthday, James E. Farmer had achieved more awards and accolades than most attorneys have had in their entire careers:
- He was named to the Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” list numerous times
- He was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers numerous times
- He was named to Maryland’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
- He was honored by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) as a Nationally Ranked Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney under the age of 40 (at the age of 29)
- The Washington Post Magazine honored Mr. Farmer by naming him among Washington, D.C., metro area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, Top Attorneys, for work as a Personal Injury Plaintiff lawyer
His success in the law practice extended into the community — at age 29, Mr. Farmer headlined in Southern Maryland Woman Magazine as the “most eligible bachelor” in Southern Maryland. On a more humble note, the Charles County Bar Association honored Mr. Farmer with an award for his service to the legal community, recognizing his “Exemplification of the Values of Personal Integrity, Competence and Civility,” for his legal work and specifically pro bono volunteer work with multiple organizations, to include the Family Recovery Court Program.
Mr. Farmer has achieved many personal successes for clients in settlements and jury verdicts. Recently, in November 2015, Carrie Howell’s jury award in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Other successful outcomes can be seen on our Verdicts and Settlements section of the website.
The firm remains one of the most talented and diverse group of attorneys in the history of Southern Maryland.
Attorney Alison Heurich, Esq, is an aggressive and talented personal injury lawyer, with accolades to include The National Trial Lawyer’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”, Top 40 Under 40, Super Lawyers Rising Stars list 2015 and 2016 and “10 Best” Female Personal Injury Attorney Award. She has handled a wide array of complex personal injury cases such as car accidents, slip and falls, and premises liability cases, and has received millions of dollars for her clients.
Michael Klopfer, Esquire, an aggressive litigator who was born and raised in Charles County, has successfully handled many cases from start to finish. He has been the primary attorney on cases ranging from car accidents to complex real estate to serious criminal. His success has resulted in his induction into Rising Stars list in 2015 and 2016. He is tremendously effective in court for personal injury cases and other civil and criminal matters.
Attorney Melvin L. Allen, Jr. has a unique array of experience with regard to both criminal and civil matters. During law school, he interned with the Public Defender’s Office. After law school, he spent a year as a Judicial Law Clerk with the District Court for Prince George’s County, then spent a number of years as an Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuting criminal cases. Since joining the firm, he has used his past criminal experience to represent clients, and has successfully handled numerous personal injury and contract matters.
The attorneys at the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, strive to represent clients with the same aggressiveness, vigor and detail that the founder of this firm did some 37-plus years ago. The results speak for themselves. As we have done since the inception of this firm, and as we will continue to do: We fight for you, and we win.