James E. Farmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Waldorf, MD

Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC
 | 3475 Leonardtown Road, Suite 200
Waldorf, MD 20601-3678
Phone: 301-843-3890
Fax: 301-843-8464
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Managing partner and head of the serious injury section at The Law Office of James E. Farmer, P.A., 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 first attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a spot on the dean’s list and a degree in political science. During his undergraduate work, he attended the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom for a study abroad program, returning to the University of Baltimore School of Law to earn his Juris Doctor a semester early, only to extend his international experience at the Aberdeen University School of Law in Scotland.

    Admitted to practice in the state of Maryland, Mr. Farmer also volunteers with families trying to overcome substance abuse addictions with the Charles County Family Recovery Court. He has earned many awards and significant acknowledgements, including being named a Top 10 Under 40 Personal Injury Attorney by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and a headline in Southern Maryland Woman Magazine.

    A skilled and knowledgeable DUI/DWI trial lawyer, Mr. Farmer has handled hundreds of criminal and civil cases through his 10-year career. He has experience handling cases of assault, felony drug possession and distribution, and felony homicide or murder.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

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


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    Super Lawyers: 2021 Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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    About James Farmer

    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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer, Charles County Family Recovery Court, 2010


    • 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.

    Representative Clients:

    • Byron Westbrook, player for the Washington Redskins at the time., 2010

    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
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    Office Location for James E. Farmer

    3475 Leonardtown Road
    Suite 200
    Waldorf, MD 20601-3678

    Phone: 301-843-3890

    Fax: 301-843-8464

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