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James L. Farina
James L. Farina began his professional career as a trial attorney in 1979, and since 1981 has limited his practice to representing seriously injured persons. Jim has successfully represented catastrophically injured persons in products liability, medical malpractice, construction negligence and transportation litigation. He has obtained record and near record verdicts for the firm’s clients including many awards in excess of 1 million dollars in both State and Federal Courts throughout the country. In 2010, Jim obtained a 33 million dollar verdict for a severely injured railroad conductor which is a record Illinois verdict and the second highest individual verdict in the history of the Federal Employers Liability Act.
Jim has been honored to be Designated Legal Counsel for the United Transportation Union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the Transportation Communications Union, and is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, American Association for Justice and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
Since 2005, he has repeatedly been recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer." Martindale-Hubbell, the international leader in providing persons the means evaluate and hire lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability, awards Jim their absolute top rating – "AV Preeminent."
In 2009-2010, Jim has the distinction of being listed as a "Leading Lawyer." Only lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in a statewide survey are listed on LeadingLawyers.com.Illinois State University - B.S. (Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Society) / IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law - J.D. with Honors
Articles Written by this Author
- Jury Trashes Metra's Defenses - Coach Cleaner Awarded $1.27 Million
- Hoey & Farina ‘Lights Up' The Belt - Verdict for Railroad Switchman in Locomotive Inspection Act Case
- At The Heart Of A Railroad Family
- White Snow vs. Black Ice
- Record Verdict For Western Michigan - $7,263,000 For Injured Trackmen
- Jury Returns $33 Million Record Verdict In Illinois For Injured Railroader
- Verdict For Railroad Worker With Neck Injuries Caused By Defective Handrail
- Jury Returns $3.4 Million Verdict In West Virginia For Injured Conductor
- Veterans Day 2003
- New Study Reveals Risks from Harmful Vibrations For Engineers
- Victory At Last: Tyrrell vs. NS Railway
- The Diesel Exhaust Threat
- Hoey & Farina Defeats Norfolk Southern & The Association Of American Railroads On Rail Safety Preemption Case
- FRA & Surface Transportation Board Join Forces With Hoey & Farina Against The NS & Association Of American Railroads
- McLaughlin vs. CSXT - Offer: 0, Verdict: $2,331,000.00
- Record Illinois Verdict For Injured Railroad Employee
- Jury's "Not Guilty" Verdict Overturned By Federal Trial Judge
- Engineer Awarded $1,390,000.00 For Spinal Injuries Resulting From Locomotive Vibration
- Victory For Railroaders' Medical Confidentiality
- Major Verdict for Injured Railroad Employee After 27 Day Trial
- Verdict For Metra Electric Engineer "Trapped-Doored"
- Lincoln Rides to the Rescue of Injured Railroaders