Michael K. Farrell

Partner

Cleveland
T +1.216.861.7694
F +1.216.696.0740

Overview

With the main focus of his practice in the class action arena, Michael Farrell has significant experience as lead counsel in the defense of class actions, media-related litigation, and the defense and prosecution of complex commercial litigation. Throughout his career, Michael has defended clients in alleged class actions challenging insurance company claims practices; billing practices within the telecommunications and car rental industries; fax advertising; and defamation, invasion of privacy and related claims against print and electronic media outlets.

Select Experience

  • Twice successfully argued the appeal of class certification before the Ohio Supreme Court and obtained a reversal of trial and an appellate court certification of class. Stammco, LLC v. United Telephone of Ohio.
  • Obtained a reversal of a class certification in Ohio Supreme Court. Cullen v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Corporation.
  • Obtained and affirmed a denial of class certification in trial and appellate courts. Augustus v. The Progressive Corporation.
More »

Experience

  • Twice successfully argued the appeal of class certification before the Ohio Supreme Court and obtained a reversal of trial and an appellate court certification of class. Stammco, LLC v. United Telephone of Ohio.
  • Obtained a reversal of a class certification in Ohio Supreme Court. Cullen v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Corporation.
  • Obtained and affirmed a denial of class certification in trial and appellate courts. Augustus v. The Progressive Corporation.
  • Represented numerous media defendants through discovery and obtained summary judgments in their favor. Reese v. WOIO, Morris v. WOIO, Roth v. WOIO, Sikora v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
  • Represented a newspaper in a putative class action challenging delivery methods. Obtained summary judgment dismissing the claims and affirmance on appeal. Reddy v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Certified Grievance Committee

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1988
  • Ohio, 1988

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1988, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Miami University, 1984