This article was originally published in West Virgina Record.
HUNTINGTON – One of West Virginia’s most prominent attorneys has left his former law firm and started his own.
According to documents filed in the federal opioid litigation, Paul T. Farrell Jr. has left the Huntington law firm of Greene Ketchum. A Jan. 31 Notice of Change of Attorney Information lists Farrell’s new firm as Farrell Law, which is located in Huntington.
“I spent the past 15 years at ƒ, primarily doing personal injury and medical malpractice work,” Farrell told The West Virginia Record. “That’s where I found my niche. I was good at the medical malpractice cases. And because of that, I caught wind of the first transvaginal mesh cases.
“I filed the first 30 to 40 transvaginal mesh cases in the country. It turned out that these cases started popping up all over the country, and the mass tort ended up in West Virginia federal court. I spent two to three years looking at and understanding the MDL (federal Multi-District Litigation). I was involved in the periphery”
Now, Farrell is a national leader in the federal opioid litigation against drug distributors.
“When the opioid litigation started happening, I was representing West Virginia counties … Kanawha, Cabell, Logan, Wayne and others,” Farrell said. “Then, all of the sudden, I started getting calls from other counties in Ohio and Kentucky. I realized this was happening all up and down the entire Ohio River Valley. These counties were calling me.
“Now, I’ve basically dedicated my entire law practice to the opioid litigation for the past three years. That has put a lot of strain on my former law firm. What I’m doing now is … I am hoping I can free up some resource for my former firm to practice law again and for me to focus my efforts on this.”
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