Adam Farra is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a litigator in the firm’s Securities Fraud & Investor Protection practice group. He represents investors who have been injured by corporate fraud and malfeasance, and his practice involves litigating federal securities law class actions and shareholder derivative suits. He also often represents individuals in civil rights and constitutional cases. Adam has particular experience litigating appeals in state and federal courts.
Representative examples of Mr. Farra’s experience include the following:
- 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’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment when they failed to provide him adequate medical care related to his diabetes and other conditions. The appeals court reversed the district court’s summary judgment ruling, concluding that the client had established his claims and should be able 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 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 on the grounds that the officers who arrested him violated the Fourth Amendment in a traffic stop-and-frisk case.
- In re Ability Inc. Securities Litigation. Mr. Farra represents shareholders in a class action in federal court in Manhattan against Ability Inc. and its directors and officers. The shareholders allege that the company and its officers violated federal securities fraud laws.
- 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 violated their fiduciary duties to the company in conspiring to aid American taxpayers engage in a tax evasion scheme.
Mr. Farra’s publications include the following:
- Michael Eisenkraft and Adam Farra, “Apollo Settlement Highlights Vulnerabilities Faced by Private Equity Investors,” Shareholder Advocate, November 2016, available at http://www.cohenmilstein.com/sites/default/files/media.9224.pdf.
- Adam Farra, “Theories of Discrimination & Gay Marriage,” 69 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 1 (2010), available at http://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1007&context=endnotes.
Mr. Farra also has an appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where he teaches a seminar in constitutional law. He previously served as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
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.
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.