Adam Farra litigates cases involving corporate malfeasance.  While he primarily represents institutional investors in securities fraud class actions, Mr. Farra utilizes a variety of tools to maximize recovery for his clients and has experience litigating RICO cases, antitrust cases, shareholder derivative and corporate governance disputes, and other complex commercial litigation.  These are often high-stakes cases with media attention, complex facts, and novel legal issues.  Some examples include:

  • In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals Third-Party Payor RICO Litigation, in which Mr. Farra represents third-party payors – institutions that pay for health care and prescriptions – in a putative RICO class action against Valeant and two executives of an affiliated mail-order pharmacy network for a scheme to inflate sales and drug prices that has been called the “pharmaceutical Enron.”

  • In re Interest Rate Swaps Antitrust Litigation, in which Mr. Farra represents buyers in a putative 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, a type of financial derivative.

  • Tradex Global v. McGladrey & Pullen LLP, et al., in which Mr. Farra represents investors in a putative class action lawsuit against a major accounting firm for its alleged fraud and negligence arising out of a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Thomas Petters and his co-conspirators, one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

An experienced appellate advocate, Mr. Farra has substantial written and oral advocacy experience, and has served as lead appellate counsel in several cases.  For example, in Scinto v. Stansberry, et al., 841 F.3d 219 (4th Cir. 2016), he successfully argued before a federal appeals court that there was adequate evidence 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.  In Fontanez v. O’Brien, 80 F.3d 84 (4th Cir. 2015), Mr. Farra persuaded a federal appeals court to reverse the dismissal of his client’s habeas petition, creating a new jurisdictional precedent in the Fourth Circuit for inmates challenging the conditions of their confinement.

Mr. Farra has an appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches a seminar in constitutional law.  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.  He clerked for Judge Peter J. Messitte on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and for Judge Andre M. Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.        

Publications and Commentary

  • Bloomberg BNA, “Trump, Pro-Gun Groups Headed for SCOTUS Duel?”, August 9, 2017.
  • Maryland Appellate Blog, “Enter Judge Pamela Harris,” Maryland Appellate Blog, February 2017.
  • Shareholder Advocate, “Apollo Settlement Highlights Vulnerabilities Faced by Private Equity Investors,” November 2016 (with Michael Eisenkraft).