Michael J. Farrell

The Farrell Building, 914 Fifth Avenue, P.O. Box 6457
Huntington, West Virginia 257726457

Areas Of Arbitration




1974, West Virginia; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, Fourth and Sixth Circuits, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia; 1989, Kentucky and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Distr

Law School

West Virginia University, J.D., 1974

Law School Graduation Year



Marshall University, B.S., 1969


Cabell County, West Virginia, Kentucky and American Bar Associations; West Virginia State Bar (Co-Chairman, Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, 1985-1988; Co-Chairman, Product Liability Section, 2000; Chairman, Law and Medicine Committee, 1982-1984; Member, Board of Governors and Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1980-1981); International Association of Defense Counsel; American Hospital Association; Defense Research Institute; Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (President, 1988-1989; Member, Board of Governors, 1983-1989); American Judicature Society; American Society of Law and Medicine.


National and World Champion, Jessup Moot Court Competition, 1973. Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1997-2003. Special Assistant Attorney General of West Virginia, 1992-1995, 1998-2003. Trustee, University System Board of Trustees, 1999-2000. Vice Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Interim Governing Board, 2000-2001; Vice Chairman, Marshall University Board of Governors, 2001-2002; Member, 2003-2007. Chairman, 1993-1994 and Member, 1990-1993, Visiting Committee, West Virginia University College of Law. Member: West Virginia Judicial Review Board, 1981-1984; Board of Editors, Defense Counsel Journal, 1998-2003. Author: Joint Defense Agreements Chapter, Advocacy in the 21st Century, 2001; Resurrecting The Dormant Defenses: Assumption of Risk, Patient Negligence, Avoidable Consequences and Winning The Medical Malpractice Case, DRI Medical Malpractice Monograph, 1997; Medication Malpractice Claims, Culprits and Defenses, 16-1 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 65, 1992, republished and expanded, 42 Defense Law Journal 315, 1993; Civil Litigation Chapter, West Virginia Practice Handbook (Michie 3rd Edition), 1988; Automobile Litigation, 1(4) The West Virginia Lawyer 20, 1988; We The Jury, 1(1) The West Virginia Lawyer 36, 1987; Communication In The Courtroom: Jury Instructions, 85 West Virginia Law Review 5, 1982; The Law of Medical Malpractice in West Virginia, 82 West Virginia Law Review 251, 1979: Proof of Damages, 6 West Virginia State Bar Journal 52, 1980. Arbitrator, National Association of Securities Dealers, 1988-1994. President, West Virginia Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1995-1998. Member, West Virginia Health Care Commission Quality of Care and Practice Liability Task Force, 1992. Member, West Virginia Law Institute, 1989-2006.


1st Lt., U.S. Army, 1969-1971