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Team

Founders

Russ Farrar

J. Russell Farrar

Founding Partner
Since 1992, Russ has served as a co-founder and senior partner at Farrar & Bates, where he practices in the...
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William N. Bates

William N. Bates

Founding Partner
Since 1992, Bill has served as a co-founder and managing partner at Farrar & Bates, where he practices in the...
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Attorneys

Kristen Berexa

Kristin E. Berexa

Kristin joined Farrar & Bates in 1994. Her areas of practice include civil rights defense, law enforcement liability defense, municipal liability defense and employment law. She handles cases in both federal and...
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Keith F. Blue

Keith F. Blue

Keith Blue joined Farrar & Bates in 2003. He concentrates his practice in municipal law defense, including municipal liability, general tort liability, and premises liability. Keith frequently handles automobile accidents for the...
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Casey Crane

Cassandra M. Crane

Casey Crane joined Farrar & Bates in 2017. Her practice focuses on general civil litigation, including municipal liability defense, civil rights defense, police liability defense, governmental tort liability defense, employment law and...
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Laura Adams Hight

Laura A. Hight

After first working as an intern at Farrar & Bates’ lobbying division in 2010, Laura joined the firm in 2013 after graduating from law school.  She found her passion in litigation, specifically...
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Hope Jackson

Hope B. Jackson

Hope joined Farrar & Bates in 2018. In her practice, she concentrates in the areas of insurance defense, municipal liability defense, civil rights defense, governmental tort liability defense, employment law, employment discrimination,...
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Sarah Mathews

Sarah M. Mathews

Sarah joined Farrar & Bates in 2018. In her practice, she primarily focuses on real estate law, including matters before the Tennessee Real Estate Commission, and municipal law, including employment law, employment...
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William C. Mazzota

William C. Mazzota

Will joined Farrar & Bates in 2018. In his practice, he focuses on civil rights defense, governmental tort liability defense, land use and zoning law, employment law, and real estate errors and omissions...
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Mark McGrady

Mark E. McGrady

Mark joined Farrar & Bates in 2012. He practices in the areas of civil rights defense, municipal defense, governmental tort liability defense, police liability defense, employment law, employment discrimination, and trial and...
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Jennifer Orr

Jennifer L. Orr

Jennifer joined Farrar & Bates in 2000. She practices in the areas of general workers’ compensation defense; municipal government workers’ compensation defense; automotive workers’ compensation defense; workers’ compensation on behalf of employees;...
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Teresa Reall Ricks

Teresa R. Ricks

Terri joined Farrar & Bates in 1997. She practices in the areas of real estate errors and omissions, real estate licensee defense, land use and zoning, and trial and appellate litigation. Prior...
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Addison Russell

Addison D. Russell

Addison joined Farrar & Bates in 2016. In her practice, she specializes in the areas of real estate and government relations. Prior to joining the firm, Addison served as legislative director of...
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Austin R. Simmons

Austin R. Simmons

Ryan joined Farrar & Bates in 2019. In his practice, he focuses on municipal law, employment law, employment discrimination and retaliation, general tort liability, municipal liability, and trial and appellate litigation. Ryan...
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Ross V. Smith

Ross V. Smith

Ross joined Farrar & Bates in 2016. In his practice, he concentrates on government relations and litigation. He litigates in the areas of municipal liability, civil rights, police liability, governmental tort liability,...
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Destin Tisher

Destin T. Tisher

Destin joined Farrar & Bates in 2018. He practices in the areas of municipal law, employment law, employment discrimination and retaliation, general tort liability, municipal liability, police liability, premises liability and inverse...
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Robyn Beale Williams

Robyn B. Williams

Robyn joined Farrar & Bates in 1999. She practices in the areas of governmental liability, police liability, governmental ordinances, and trial and appellate litigation. Robyn has had tremendous success in obtaining favorable...
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