Adam Farra Associate

Adam Farra represents businesses, governments, institutional investors, and individuals as plaintiffs in litigation after they have been harmed by anti-competitive, fraudulent, negligent, or unlawful business practices.  He has litigated cases under the federal securities laws, the federal antitrust laws, and the federal anti-racketeering laws (“RICO”), and he has represented corporate policyholders in insurance coverage litigation.

After law school, Adam clerked for Judge Andre M. Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Peter J. Messitte of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representing a putative class of institutional investors as court-appointed co-lead counsel in an antitrust and market manipulation class action against 10 Wall Street banks and other companies that are alleged to have colluded with one another to manipulate a credit default swap industry benchmark.
  • Representing a state attorney general in a case against major drug manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies for the alleged over-distribution and deceptive marketing of prescription opioids.
  • Representing a major manufacturer of building products in a case against its insurance companies after they unlawfully denied coverage for defense and remediation costs arising from several environmental sites around the country.
  • Represented two hedge funds in a class action against a major accounting firm for its alleged fraud and negligence arising out of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. The case settled for $27.5 million.
  • Represented two public pension funds in an antitrust class action against 11 Wall Street banks that are alleged to have colluded with one another to crush competition in the trillion-dollar market for interest rate swaps.
  • Successfully argued before a federal appeals court that federal prison officials violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment when they denied his client, a former inmate, certain medical care.  Scinto v. Stansberry, 841 F.3d 219 (4th Cir. 2016).
  • Successfully argued before a federal appeals court that a federal inmate’s complaint alleging violation of the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act and the separation of powers should not have been thrown out on jurisdictional grounds.  Fontanez v. O’Brien, 807 F.3d 84 (4th Cir. 2015).

EDUCATION

  • 2011 – J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
    • Magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Maryland Law Review
  • 2008 – B.A., University of Michigan

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

AFFILIATIONS AND HONORS

  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, High Honors, 2020
  • Junior Board, Washington Performing Arts
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law

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