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RICHARD W. FARRELL, Senior Partner

Richard W. Farrell joined the firm in 1984.  His areas of practice are Franchising Law, Estate Planning, Business Law, Litigation Law and Dispute Resolution.  He is a Certified Mediator for the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.

Mr. Farrell’s education includes:
Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, 1972 J.D. and Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1969 B.A.


Additional Information

  • Connecticut, 1972
  • North Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court

“Franchising in Connecticut: Can Anybody Play this Game?”, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. 54, No. 5, October, 1980

“Franchising: Ever Expanding Rewards-and Complexities”, The Merchandising Reporter, June/July, 1985

“Franchise It! A Guide to Franchising Your Business”, 1992

“Franchise It! A Guide to Franchising Your Business”, 2000

“Franchise It! A Guide to Franchising Your Business”, 2004

“Franchise Law” Article in Attorney At Law Magazine, 2014

  • Community Return Program , Connecticut, 1975 – 1977 Board of Director
  • Fairfield County Young Lawyers Association, Connecticut, 1980 – 1981 President
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1989 – Present Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2000 – 2002
  • Member, Administration of Justice Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2004 – Present
  • Member, Administration of Justice Committee
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, 1972 – Present Member
  • American Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, 1972 – Present Member
  • American Bar Association for Justice, Franchise Forum, 1980 – Present
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section, 1980 – Present

Ackley v. Gulf Oil Corp.
Affordable Windshields, Inc. v. Glass Doctor
Alberre v. Amoco Oil Co.
ALFA v. Amerlink Corp. (arbitration)
American Art Editions, Inc. v. PGIS, Inc.
Aris v. Exxon Co., U.S.A.
Aurigemma v. Arco Petroleum Products Co.
Automatic Comfort Corp. v. D & R Serv.
Bell, et al. v. Amoco Oil Co.
Bellmore v. Mobil Oil Corp.
Berlanga v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Bhatt v. New Horizons Corp. (arbitration)
Bickley v. Fordin et al.
Bolam v. Mobil Oil Corp.
Broderson v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Cape v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Cary Foods, Inc. v. Family Fare, LLC
Castine v. Exxon Co., U.S.A.
Chandler v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Chisolm & Assoc. v. Unified Network Services, Inc.
Contreras v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Diazit Co., Inc. v. Osram Sylvania, Inc. (arbitration)
Doebereiner v. Sohio Oil Co. (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 11th Cir.)
Ervin , et. al. v. Amoco Oil Co.
Evans, Planet Beach Franchising Corp v.
Exxon v. Soltanzad
Fall v. Exxon Co., U.S.A.
Fiore v. Shell Oil Co.
Gager v. Mobil Oil Corp.
Garrison v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Gaskell-Brinson v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Hamoud v. Maaco Franchising, LLC
Hardees v. Floyd, et al.
Hedin v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Jansen v. Jani-King, Inc. (arbitration)
Jeda, Inc. v. Jani-King (arbitration)
Jolly v. Mr. Rooter
Ketterle v. B.P. Oil Co., Inc. (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 11th Cir.)
Kirkland v. Instant Imprints Franchise Corp. (arbitration)
Krohn v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Levigne v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Lindner v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Little v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Lowe v. Chevron U.S.A.
Luchina v. Mobil Oil Corp. (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.)
Lyons v. Mobil Oil Corp.
Magerian v. Exxon Co., U.S.A.
Mak v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC
Mandel v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Marino v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Mei Fai Hats Intl. Manufacturing Co. v. B&M Associates of Destin, et al.
Mitchell v. Star Enterprise, Inc.
Mobil Oil Corp. v. Karbowski (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.)
Morgan v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Mucha v. United Oil Co. (Conn. Supreme Court)
Mussachio v. Shell Oil Co.
Nichols, et. al. v. BP Oil Co., Inc.
Nolan v. Glass Doctor Corp.
O’Shea v. Amoco Oil Co.
P&K Ventures, Inc. v. Conte’s Bicycle Shop, Inc.
Palmieri v. Mobil Oil Corp. (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.)
Partain v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Pereira v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Petrossi v. Chevron U.S.A.(arbitration)
Phillips, et al. v. Shell Oil Co.
Plaster v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Powertest Corp. v. Evans
Randall v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Rich Food Services v. Darling (U.S. Ct. Appeals, 4th Cir)
Sansabrino v. Mobil Oil Co. (arbitration)
Scibilia v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Seckler v. Star Enterprise (Texico) (U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 11th Cir.)
SEI v. Bhatt
Sezer v. Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants, Inc. [“Dunkin Donuts”] (arbitration)
Shoemaker v. Glass Doctor Corp.
Slim v. Chevron U.S.A. (arbitration)
Smashe, WRI, Inc. v. Summit Prosthetics & Orthotics v. Summit Rehab Solutions, Inc.
Southern Wide Windows, Inc., Window World, Inc. v
Synergy, Inc. v. Jani-King, Inc.
Szymczyk, Signs Now Corporation v. (arbitration)
Think Promotional Group v. Schuhwerk GmbH (trademark dispute before USPTO)
Universal Enterprise Group, Thomas Petroleum, Inc. v.
Weinstock v. Chevron U.S.A.
Wilson v. Manpower, Inc.
Winston Plantation Homeowner’s Assoc. v. Avery, et. al.
Winters, et. al. v. Strickland, d/b/a Premier Graphic Imaging
Wood, Naturalawn of America v.
Ziegler v. Glass Doctor Corp. (arbitration)

Farrell & Barr, Senior/Managing Partner 1981 – 1993

Farrell & La Mantia, 1992 – 2004

Over the past several years Rick Farrell’s knowledge of the franchise industry and franchise documentation has proven invaluable to me and to my partners in several acquisitions and mergers growing our businesses over a multi-state area. Rick helps us understand the “what ifs” a business person always need to know moving forward. His firm’s fees were always reasonable, and he was always available to address our needs. I will always use Rick for my legal work, and I highly recommend him. – Tim Milam, multi-unit real estate franchisee

Mr. Farrell has an extraordinary ability to make legalities clear, as well as handling even the most challenging personalities. – JS

Mr. Farrell handled my federal case against a major international franchisor over many months, resulting in a very successful outcome. He was always available for me, provided me with excellent advice, and it was a pleasure working with him. I felt like part of the winning team, and I consider him a friend, not just my lawyer. – HH

Rick has provided excellent representation and advice to me and to my business partners over several years. I highly recommend Rick and his firm. – Gary Rabon, Multi-Unit/State Real Estate Franchisee

Litigation can be a scary and arduous process. Finding the right lawyer is critical when deciding to start on the journey. I made sure to interview and meet with several lawyers when trying to decide which law firm to use for my case. I walked away with a gut feeling that the Farrell Law Firm and specifically Rick Farrell would be the best choice. I had a unique case which went through every step of litigation from discovery all the way through a successful jury trial, and the appeal process. Throughout each step of this process, my decision in the Farrell Law Group was reaffirmed as the correct one. It was apparent at every turn that Rick Farrell/The Farrell Law Group were superior to the other parties’ lawyers: they were more knowledgeable, organized, and professional. This advantage became even more apparent when going through a week-long jury trial that resulted in winning the lawsuit. In addition, Rick helped me through the process by taking time to thoroughly explain decisions, and to answer all of my questions as they came up, which led to a much less stressful litigation process and a winning result. I would recommend anyone that is deciding on a law firm for their legal matters to strongly consider Farrell Law Group, and Rick Farrell. It was indeed the right decision for myself and my case, and I would certainly do the same again. – AB

Rick, I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for your guidance through our recent business related matters. As you know, franchise agreements are hundreds of pages, full of legal jargon, and difficult for the layman to understand and navigate. Your knowledge and experience was invaluable and allowed us to quickly and successfully resolve our questions so my family could focus on the “business at hand”, serving our customers and growing our business. It is very important having representation with knowledge and experience when navigating such matters. You provided that. – Vann and Sandy Pair

Rick helped me through a difficult franchise termination issue that I thought was going to result in a financial loss before I met him. In a few weeks Rick turned things around, resulting in a significant payment coming to me that I thought would never occur. Rick made sure I was kept fully informed throughout the process. I highly recommend the services of his firm. – Kelly Gunterman