Adam Farra is a litigator in the firm’s Securities Fraud & Investor Protection practice group. He represents investors who have been injured by corporate fraud, and his practice involves litigating securities law class actions, RICO class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and other business/ commercial disputes. He also often represents individuals in civil rights and constitutional cases, and he has substantial appellate experience. Representative examples of Mr. Farra’s experience include the following:
Corporate Fraud Class Actions
- Lancelot and McGladrey & Pullen Accounting Fraud Litigation. Mr. Farra represents investors in a class action lawsuit in Chicago against an investment manager and major accounting firms for their fraud and negligence arising out of the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Thomas Petters and his co-conspirators.
- Peformance Sports Group Securities Litigation. Mr. Farra represents investors in a securities fraud class action in federal court in Manhattan against executives and officers of the now-bankrupt Performance Sports Group. The case involves false and misleading statements regarding Performance Sports Group’s sports equipment business and sales practices it used with its clients.
- Ability, Inc. Securities Litigation. Mr. Farra represents shareholders in a securities fraud class action in federal court in Manhattan against Ability, Inc. and its directors and officers. The case involves false and misleading statements regarding Ability, Inc.’s financial statements, accounting practices, and internal controls over financial reporting.
- Valeant Pharmaceuticals RICO Litigation. Mr. Farra represents third-party payors in a RICO class action in federal court in New Jersey against Valeant and two executives of Philidor, a mail-order pharmacy that was closely tied to Valeant. The case involves fraud in the pharmaceutical industry.
Shareholder Derivative Litigation
- Bank Leumi Shareholder Derivative Litigation. Mr. Farra represents investors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit in New York against the directors and officers of Bank Leumi and its affiliates. The case arises out of allegations that bank officers conspired to aid its American clients engage in a tax evasion scheme.
Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation
- Scinto v. Stansberry. As lead counsel, Mr. Farra successfully argued before a federal appeals court on behalf of a client who alleged that federal prison officials violated the Eighth Amendment when they failed to provide him adequate medical care related to his diabetes and other conditions. In a unanimous, published opinion, the Fourth Circuit reversed the district court’s summary judgment ruling, concluding that the client had enough evidence to present his claims to a jury. The case marks an important development in constitutional law involving the denial of medical care to inmates.
- Fontanez v. O’Brien. As lead counsel, Mr. Farra successfully argued before a federal appeals court on behalf of a client whose habeas petition was initially dismissed by the district court on jurisdictional grounds. In a unanimous, published opinion, the Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded the dismissal. The case created a new jurisdictional precedent in the Fourth Circuit for inmates challenging the conditions of their confinement.
- Richards v. Maryland. As lead counsel, Mr. Farra argued before a Maryland appeals court on behalf of a client who challenged his criminal conviction because the officers who arrested him violated the Fourth Amendment in a traffic stop-and-frisk case.
Mr. Farra’s publications include:
- Adam Farra, “Enter Judge Pamela Harris,” Maryland Appellate Blog, February 2017.
- Michael Eisenkraft and Adam Farra, “Apollo Settlement Highlights Vulnerabilities Faced by Private Equity Investors,” Shareholder Advocate, November 2016.
- Adam Farra, “Theories of Discrimination & Gay Marriage,” 69 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 1 (2010).
Education and Other Experience
After law school, Mr. Farra clerked for Judge Andre M. Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Peter J. Messitte on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Farra was a commercial and appellate litigator at a major law firm in Washington, D.C. He also previously served as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Mr. Farra has an appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where he teaches a seminar in constitutional law.
Mr. Farra is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, from which he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.