James E. Farmer

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Waldorf, Maryland

Law Office of Farmer & Klopfer
James E. Farmer
Law Office of Farmer & Klopfer

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Maryland since: 2008

Education: University of Baltimore School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
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Law Office of Farmer & Klopfer

3475 Leonardtown Road
Suite 200
Waldorf, MD 20601-3678 Visit website


Managing partner and head of the serious injury section at The Law Office of Farmer & Klopfer, James E. Farmer provides legal representation to those throughout the entire state of Maryland in matters of personal injury, criminal defense and DUI/DWI. He also handles drug crimes, traffic violations and sex crimes along with cases of workers’ compensation. Previously recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys of The National Trial Lawyers, he is also certified in mediation.

Mr. Farmer attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science before going on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. During his time in law school, he excelled in the Comparative Law program at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and ultimately completed his legal studies a semester early. He passed the bar with flying colors on his first attempt. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and Washington D.C.

In addition to his formal education, Mr. Farmer completed a comprehensive training course in mediation training, earning his mediation certificate.

Mr. Farmer began his legal career at the firm (then known as Farmer & Pyles, P.A.) as an associate and apprentice of his father. Throughout his legal career, he has handled hundreds of personal injury and criminal defense cases and secured numerous favorable and significant results on behalf of his clients—many of which he achieved before his 30th birthday.

Some of his recent notable case results include:

  • In 2018, he, along with Associate Michael Klopfer as co-counsel in the case, won an opioid overdose murder trial in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He was retained for the matter of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Hospital “dumping” a young black woman in the streets of Baltimore on a cold January night. Attorney James E. Farmer is the only private criminal defense lawyer in the state of Maryland to defend multiple cases of murder involving a death from drug/opioid overdose by an alleged drug dealer, and one of only a very limited number of attorneys in the entire United States to do so.
  • Also in 2018, he secured a settlement of $966,000 for a client (names of parties are confidential) in a car accident case.

Additionally, Mr. Farmer has handled numerous serious personal injury cases involving car accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more, as well as criminal cases involving DUI, traffic, drug, violent crime, and murder charges. Many of Mr. Farmer’s and the firm’s case results have been reported in local, state, and national news publications, such as the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), and the Baltimore Sun. He has also been featured on Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hanson.

Before the age of 30, Mr. Farmer earned an impressive number of awards, honors, and accolades in addition to his track record of courtroom successes. He has been selected for inclusion in the Maryland Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list numerous times and was named among the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 and Maryland’s Outstanding Young Lawyers. Mr. Farmer has also been honored by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) as a Nationally Ranked Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney under the Age of 40 (at the age of 29). The Washington Post also named him among the Washington, D.C. Metro Area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, Top Attorneys, for his work as a personal injury plaintiff attorney.

In addition to his professional successes, Mr. Farmer is heavily involved in his community. He was honored by the Charles County Bar Association, which presented him with an award recognizing his “Exemplification of the Values of Personal Integrity, Competence and Civility” for his service in the legal community and his pro bono work with multiple organizations, such as the Family Recovery Court Program. At age 29, he also headlined Southern Maryland Women magazine as the “most eligible bachelor” in Southern Maryland.

As the managing partner of the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, Mr. Farmer is committed to providing each and every client with the fierce legal representation they need and deserve.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sex Offenses, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2008, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.southernmarylandlawfirm.com/About-Our-Firm/James-...

  • Recognized as Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, 2012-2014
  • “Maryland Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014 and 2015
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), 2013
  • Recognized in the Worldwide Registry's 2014-2015 Edition for excelling in the practice of car accident, criminal defense and DWI/DUI law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Headlined in Southern Maryland Women's Magazine
  • Top Attorneys: Washington, D.C. Metro Area's Outstanding Young Lawyers, Washington Post Magazine, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Mediation Certificate
Educational Background:
  • University of Cambridge, United KingdomStudy Abroad
  • Aberdeen University School of Law, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, Honors: Dean's List, Major: Political Science
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer, Charles County Family Recovery Court, 2010
Representative Clients:
  • Byron Westbrook, player for the Washington Redskins at the time., 2010
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • James vs. Hernandez - $1 Million 
  • Haley v. Miller - $170,000
  • Clark v. Gentry - $175,000
  • Farrell v. Erie Insurance Company - $706,000
  • Carrie Howell vs. Allstate Insurance Company - Hit-and-run, phantom motorist. Minimal damage to the vehicle. Mrs. Howell was married to Corey Howell who was also a witness in the trial. Trial held in Circuit Court for Prince George’s County on November 23-24, 2015. Mrs. Howell was claiming $35,814 in medical bills. The insurance company, Allstate, had only offered $23,000 to settle her case. The Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, rejected this offer and took it to court. A jury awarded her $35,814 in medical bills and $400,000 in pain and suffering, for a total award of $435,814.00., 2015
  • Hopkins v. Abell, Jr. - $1.25 MILLION
  • Johnson v. Bean - $585,000
  • Harris v. Jenkins - $500,000
  • Wills v. State Farm, 2014
  • Garnett v. J.D.W. Associates - $475,000
  • Owen v. Miller - On December 20, 2013, plaintiffs John and Robin Owen, both 50s, owners of a painting business, were driving on Three Notch Road in St. Mary's County. As they were driving, a vehicle driven by Craig Miller attempted to make a left turn across the oncoming traffic lanes and collided head-on with the Owens' vehicle. The Owens claimed injuries to Robin's back and to John's right shoulder. The Owens sued Miller. They alleged that Miller was negligent in the operation of his vehicle, causing the collision. Defense admitted liability. The trial proceeded as damages only., 2013
  • Binley v. Payne - $375,000
  • Stange v. Gantt - $333,000
  • Proctor vs. Chesapeake Employers & SIF - $320,000
  • Mason & Mason v. Underwood - $300,000
  • Overton v. Crouse - 250,000
  • Hackett v. Davis - $225,000
  • Brown v. Taylor - $225,000
  • Quade v. State Auto -$200,000  
  • Knott v. Bennett - $200,000
  • Herd v. Allstate - $200,000
  • Holmes v. Johnson - $185,000
  • Williams v. Breck - $100,000  
  • Smith v. Gross - $100,000
  • Short v. GEICO - $100,000
  • Young v. Sams - $100,000
  • Thorne v. Rollins - $100,000
  • McNeil v. Denison - $100,000
  • Foerter v. Daniel - $100,000
  • Paulson v. Brown - $100,000
  • Villela v. Aryal - $100,000
  • Beckert v. State Farm - $89,872  - Our client was hit by an underinsured motorist (UIM), who had just a $30,000 policy limit for liability. State Farm, our client’s insurer, did not want to pay anything to our client through their UIM policy. Attorney James Farmer successfully took the case to court and won an $89,872 verdict for our client. Our client’s UIM policy is capped at $50,000. The other driver’s insurer paid $30,000 and State Farm paid $20,000, up from the zero dollars they initially wanted to provide. This case shows why all drivers should carry strong UM and UIM insurance coverage. A $100,000 cap should be the minimum amount you purchase.
  • Charges Dismissed - State v. Proctor - Tried in the Circuit Court for Charles County. Mr. Proctor was charged with dealing cocaine. Because of his prior record, he was facing 40 years’ incarceration. The team at the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, filed and won a motion to suppress, and all charges against Mr. Proctor were dismissed.

Office location for James E. Farmer

3475 Leonardtown Road
Suite 200
Waldorf, MD 20601-3678

Phone: 301-843-3890


4 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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