Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
Orange County Bar Association (Business Litigation Section)
Republican National Lawyers Association
Surfing Lawyers Association
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
University of Madrid, Spain
San Diego State University, B.A
Jeffrey D. Farrow
Jeffrey Farrow is a partner in M&R’s Orange County office. From there, he leads the firm’s dynamic Commercial & Business Litigation Department.
A renowned courtroom lawyer, Jeff has a remarkable string of victories at both the state and federal level. He handles sophisticated business, commercial and employment matters spanning a range of industries; insurance, software and technology, manufacturing and distribution, among them. In terms of his work in the insurance space, Jeff regularly represents agencies and brokerages in connection with disputes arising from the purchase and sale of product lines and in actions against departing owners for unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. Beyond the insurance sector, he is known for his work advising business professionals – including directors and officers of corporations and trade associations – on risk management practices that minimize the need for litigation.
Jeff is also an experienced appellate lawyer, who has notched several wins on appeal in matters involving director and officer liability, unfair competition and employment law, to name a few. In fact, some of Jeff’s appellate cases have become published opinions.
Jeff is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Committee. In that capacity, he helps to organize the charity’s annual Orange County Walk.
Jeff earned a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. As a law student, he clerked for the Los Angeles City attorney and assisted in the city’s defense of cases concerning officer-involved shooting. Prior to law school, Jeff attended San Diego State University, where he received his B.A.in Public Administration, summa cum laude.
Awards & Special Recognitions
When M&R's Commercial Litigation practice was “Recommended" by The Legal 500, most recently in 2018, Jeff was specifically identified by the esteemed directory.
Breach of Contract Claims: A buyer was misled into purchasing commercial real property located on a closed landfill, information that was purposefully omitted from detailed disclosures by the seller and a report by a geotechnical company. Mr. Farrow quickly filed a lawsuit against the seller and the geotechnical company. He obtained evidence that the seller knowingly made false statements about the location of the landfill, and that the geotechnical company misread the testing data which, if interpreted correctly, would have disclosed the existence of the landfill. After successfully opposing two summary judgment motions, the defendants paid the buyer a multi-million dollar settlement.
Computer Trade Secrets: A young entrepreneur hired Mr. Farrow after his “life’s work” was stolen by a large corporation who claimed the work was owned by the company. Mr. Farrow quickly filed a lawsuit for damages. After a four-year legal battle, pitting Mr. Farrow against some of the largest national law firms, the case went to trial. Mr. Farrow’s client obtained a multi-million dollar verdict that represents one of the largest awards in the United States for the misappropriation of computer trade secrets.
False Advertising: A longtime M&R client hired Mr. Farrow after discovering that a competitor was knowingly publishing false testing data about a competing product. Mr. Farrow sent a demand to cease letter. The competitor quickly accepted the letter, and paid damages caused by the unfair business practice.
Fraud Allegations: After pleading guilty to a long list of federal crimes for bribery and money laundering activities, an individual hired Mr. Farrow to respond to a civil lawsuit that sought to recover nearly $48 million earned through the criminal activity. Given the admissions of guilt and terms of the lengthy plea agreement, Mr. Farrow crafted a strategy to obtain dismissal of the civil lawsuit by arguing that, as a matter of law, the acts that gave rise to the federal crimes did not result in any civil liability to the individual. As expected, the trial court refused to dismiss the lawsuit and an appeal was quickly taken. The court of appeal agreed with Mr. Farrow’s argument and ordered that the lawsuit be dismissed, and that Mr. Farrow’s client recover his fees and costs on appeal.
Injunctive Relief: Defeated an ex parte application and subsequent motion for preliminary injunction filed against the largest supplier of forklift batteries and chargers on the West Coast. The moving party unsuccessfully sought to enjoin M&R’s client from helping its customers apply for credits under California’s Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Program (providing incentives to fuel supply engine owners to reduce greenhouse emissions).
Intellectual Property: Mr. Farrow represented a small company that was being threatened with legal action by a larger company that wanted to acquire it. It was believed that the threatened legal action was designed to “re-engage” merger discussions. Mr. Farrow, with the assistance of a team of M&R transactional attorneys, successfully designed and implemented a strategy to increase the purchase price of the acquisition target. In the end, the target was acquired at a 20 percent premium, and no legal action was filed.
Unfair Competition Claim: A longtime client of M&R hired Mr. Farrow when he discovered that an individual had set up a company with the same trademarked name and was trying to “take over” its identity and clients. Mr. Farrow quickly filed a lawsuit and obtained an injunction and judgment forever barring the defendant’s use of company name.
Unfair Competition: A mid-sized insurance agency learned that a former employee had stolen its customer list and taken it to a large competitor. A significant number of clients then moved to the larger company based on faulty information that the larger company had acquired the smaller agency which was allegedly going out of business. Mr. Farrow immediately contacted the large competitor, issued a cease and desist demand, and gave notice of a hearing for an injunction. The larger company quickly accepted all terms necessary to settle the claim, including disgorgement of all profits earned from the wrongfully solicited business, and agreed to cease all efforts to obtain business from a select group of clients.
Whistleblower Claims: Mr. Farrow represented a whistleblower in an accounting fraud case perpetrated by executives of a publicly-traded company. When the company retaliated against Mr. Farrow’s client for reporting their illegal activities, Mr. Farrow negotiated a confidential settlement. The company executives were eventually convicted in federal court.
Klistoff v. Superior Court (City of South Gate) (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 469: Acted as lead counsel, obtaining positive result for our client in case alleging he could be held civilly liable for crimes that he had pled guilty to in federal court. The case was dismissed on demurrer.
- Daily Journal, September 8, 2015
- Daily Journal, June 8, 2015
- SC Magazine, July 28, 2014
- American Agent & Broker, October 1, 2013
- IIABCal Independent Insider, May 10, 2013
Past Speaking Engagements
- American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention & ExpoPalm Desert, CA, September 22, 2018
- American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention and ExpoPalm Desert, CA, September 23, 2017
- Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California (IIABCal) Insurance Law TrackWebinar, December 15, 2016
- American Agents Alliance Convention & ExpoPalm Desert, CA, September 24, 2016
- California Insurance Wholesalers Association (CIWA) Summer ForumMonterey, CA, June 28, 2016
- American Agents Alliance Convention & ExpoPalm Desert, CA, September 25, 2015
- Protecting the Crown Jewel: Understanding Your TSA and Tips for Handling Other Legal Challenges Faced by the IndustryCalifornia Tow Truck Association (CTTA) Western States Tow ShowSan Diego, CA, October 10, 2014
- American Agents Alliance (AAA) Annual Convention & ExpoPalm Desert, CA, September 27, 2014
- Protecting Agency/Brokerage Trade Secrets Amidst High Industry Turnover April 29, 2016
- Ninth Circuit Holds that Waivers of PAGA Claims Cannot be Enforced October 2, 2015
- Trade Secrets -- Protecting What Matters Most March 20, 2015
- The Importance of Maintaining Compliance with Tow Service Agreements October 10, 2014
- Jeff Farrow Discusses How to Keep Your Trade Secrets a"Secret" at the 2014 American Agents Alliance Convention & Expo September 27, 2014
- Unfair Competition: Proactive Preemption Can Save You from Litigation July 28, 2014
- Protecting Agency Trade Secrets in the Modern Workplace October 1, 2013
- American Agents Alliance Convention & ExpoSeptember 24, 2016
- California Insurance Wholesalers Association (CIWA) Summer ForumJune 28, 2016
- American Agents Alliance Convention & ExpoSeptember 25, 2015
- Protecting The Crown Jewel: Understanding Your TSA and Tips for Handling Other Legal Challenges Faced by the IndustryCalifornia Tow Truck Association’s Western States Tow ShowOctober 10, 2014
- Jeff Farrow Discusses How to Keep Your Trade Secrets a "Secret" at the 2014 American Agents Alliance Convention & Expo2014 American Agents Alliance Convention & ExpoSeptember 27, 2014