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Richard A. Farrier, Jr.

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Richard Farrier is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has tried dozens of cases in jury and nonjury settings and has successfully resolved litigation through pre-trial dismissals and settlements. Mr. Farrier has represented clients ranging from international insurance companies and oil conglomerates to national for-profit hospitals to local developers, investors, and closely held corporations. These cases have involved claims of ground water contamination, patent infringement, unfair competition and trade practices, premises liability (design and construction defect, maintenance, assault and workplace safety), violations of healthcare regulations, breaches of contract or fiduciary duties, partnership and shareholder disputes, thefts of trade secrets, bad faith denial of insurance coverage, and other allegations of improper conduct in business transactions. Mr. Farrier also has experience defending asbestos personal injury and toxic tort claims in trial-level and appellate courts across the United States.

Professional Background

In 2014, Richard Farrier was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This recognition is exemplified by Mr. Farrier’s commitment to professionalism, ethics and civility. Previously, Mr. Farrier was inducted to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2009, due to his extensive jury trial experience.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Farrier served as office managing partner at a regional law firm in Charleston. Prior to that he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Charles E. Simons, Jr. of the District Court.


  • Inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2014
  • Inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, 2009
  • Charleston, S.C., Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar AdvocatesForum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010
  • AVMartindale Hubbell rating
  • Regularly selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and South Carolina Super Lawyers for his practice in the areas of Bet-the-Company litigation and Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law, 2016
  • Inducted into the Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
Mr. Farrier led a trial team which obtained a $484 million jury verdict, the largest in South Carolina history, in a RICO case including a Ponzi scheme. The case involved a stock loan product, over 70 financially sophisticated claimants, and assets, evidence, and witnesses in multiple international jurisdictions.

Mr. Farrier has represented a variety of retailers and sports complexes in premises liability matters, including those arising from alleged design/construction defects, alleged improper maintenance, assaults, and workplace violence. Mr. Farrier handles a wide range of complex business litigation matters involving high exposure or risk to his clients. Below is a representative selection of cases tried by Mr. Farrier to a jury verdict. Based on his extensive jury trial experience, in 2009, Mr. Farrier was inducted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

  • In re Derivium Capital, LLC: fraud claims based on the promotion and failure of a financial product involving publicly held securities
  • Trademark Properties v. A&E: breach of contract claim over highly successful syndicated television show
  • Crosby v. CCX Fiberglass: federal age discrimination claim
  • Lilly v. Labs of Virginia: retaliatory discharge claim
  • Estate of Q.D. Jones v. Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.: wrongful death claim based on allegedly defective car seat
  • Kelby v. T-H Myrtle Beach Limited Partnership, et. al.: claim of traumatically induced aneurysm
  • Scott v. Nationsbank, et. al.: claim involving land sale fraud and liability of national financial institution
  • McQueeney v. The Dime Savings Bank of NY: alleged liability of financial institution
  • Pittman v. C&S Bank: conversion claim against financial institution
  • Walker v. Ingersoll-Rand: dismemberment products liability claim involving plastic injection molding machine
  • Melrose Point, Inc. et. al. v. Melrose Co., Inc., et al.: claim pursuant to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act involving Dafuskie Island, South Carolina
  • Recently prevailed in a Chicago arbitration of a multi-million dollar claim for indemnity based upon Medicare overcharges related to imaging services
  • April 2012 trial in a case seeking lost profits from the breach of a multi-million dollar supply contract
This page is for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.