The late James F. Farmer created the firm in 1978 and, before his passing in August 2016, was one of Southern Maryland’s most prominent figures and a renowned attorney in both the personal injury and criminal context. He became the first attorney in Charles County to handle both million-dollar injury cases and the most serious criminal cases, such as homicides, rapes, and armed robberies. His son, James E. Farmer, now holds the title as the only attorney in the county to handle both of these significant types of cases.
Attorney Farmer was a highly decorated member of the United States Air Force, from which he retired after 20 years in honorable service. During his nearly 40 years of practicing law, he was a president of the Charles County Bar Association, served on the State Board of Trustees for the Public Defender’s Office, and was a highly respected and feared attorney throughout the state of Maryland. He was a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named to the Top 100 Criminal Attorneys in Maryland by the American Institute of Law, an entity that also honored him as one of the 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Overall Client Satisfaction. He received his undergraduate degree and law degree while on the G.I. Bill, working himself through his education.
Some of Attorney Farmer’s proudest accomplishments were totally unrelated to his stellar practice of law. He won numerous conservation awards, including being twice honored as Conservationist of the Year for Maryland, national runner-up of the prestigious Budweiser Outdoorsman of the Year Award in 2001, past president of the Capital Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, former chairman of Maryland Quail Unlimited, and former chairman of the MD Legislative Sporting Caucus. His efforts raised millions of dollars for these and other conservation groups.
He was a member of the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame and the #1 Recruiter in the year of 1975 for the Air National Guard. He created a bird hunting ranch in Vale, Oregon—Flying Double F Ranch—which is now run by his son, James E. Farmer, and is nationally renowned as one of the best wild bird hunts in North and South America.
Attorney Farmer’s legacy continues on through the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC. His impact in the community cannot be overstated.