About Paul Thomas Farrell, Jr.
Mr. Farrell is widely considered one of the premier trial lawyers in southern West Virginia with experience prosecuting medical malpractice cases, birth trauma cases and negligent credentialing cases.
Paul was named West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Member of the Year (2002) and is the Past President of the West Virginia Association for Justice (2011-2012). He won a $10 million landmark medical malpractice trial verdict in Monongalia County in Riggs v. West Virginia Univ. Hospitals, Inc., 221 W.Va. 646, 656 S.E.2d 91 (2007) and affirmed on appeal a record $38 million nursing home case Manor Care, Inc. v. Douglas, 234 W. Va. 57, 763 S.E.2d 73 (2014).
He filed one of the first Transvaginal Mesh cases in the country which resulted in the consolidation of some 80,000 cases from across the United States in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, where he served on the MDL Executive Committee. Mr. Farrell served as trial counsel in a $2 million dollar bellwether verdict in In re C.R. Bard, Inc., 810 F.3d 913, 917 (4th Cir. 2016), which was followed by an $18.5 million verdict in 4 consolidated cases in Campbell v. Boston Sci. Corp., No. 2:12-CV-08633, 2016 WL 5796906, at *19 (S.D.W. Va. Oct. 3, 2016).
Since 2016, Mr. Farrell has focused his practice at Farrell Law on the opioid litigation and filed some of the first diversion cases in the country in southern West Virginia, which initiated the proceedings leading to the formation of MDL 2804 in 2017 and centralized in Cleveland, Ohio.
He has been appointed Co-Lead of MDL 2804 styled, In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation, where more than 2,700 cases are pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is lead counsel of record for 700+ docketed cases filed on behalf of governmental entities across the country in MDL 2804 and widely recognized by his peers as a pioneer and authority on the diversion claims directed against the opiate prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and dispensers.
Mr. Farrell is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1994) and the West Virginia University College of Law (1997).
He is married to Jacqueline Buchanan Farrell and has three children, Connor, Cahley and Casey.