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Gary Farmer has spent almost his entire career fighting for the rights of consumers, fair and just compensation for victims, and the protection of the civil justice system and full access to courts.

Gary developed an interest in law when he was in the first grade and his father was attending law school; he would take the bus to the law school and sit in the back of his father's classes waiting for a ride home. After following in his father's footsteps and attending the same law school Gary began his legal career with an insurance defense firm where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience in trial law before moving into plaintiff's work.

Over the past decade, Mr. Farmer has been at the forefront of high-profile consumer litigation in Florida and across the country: creating new law and causes of actions for subscribers wrongfully denied coverage by their HMO’s; litigating the “Butterfly Ballot” and absentee voting cases to the Florida Supreme Court during the infamous 2000 election litigation; and representing patients, consumers and employees wronged by various corporations, hospitals and insurance companies' deceptive trade practices. In the past few years Mr. Farmer served as lead counsel in some of the largest qui tam recoveries in the country's history involving off-label marketing of pharmaceutical drugs (Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson). He has consistently sought to protect the rights of consumers and helped them achieve redress for financial wrongs and bodily injury.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Farmer has devoted thousands of hours serving as a board member, officer and in 2012-2013 as President of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), the state's largest and most effective consumer protection organization. For the past several years, he spent six to seven weeks a year volunteering as a lobbyist in Tallahassee for the FJA, fighting proposed laws that would limit the Constitutional right to access the court, impose limitations on claims, allow for insurance companies to act in bad faith, and less consumer protections. The FJA has recognized Farmer for his efforts by awarding him the EAGLE Legend Award, the EAGLE Top Recruiting Champion Award and the Gold EAGLE Award. 

Through it all, Mr. Farmer's motivation has been consistent – protect society the way he would want his wife Stacey and his daughters Hannah and Abigail protected. His devotion to the law is second only to his devotion to his family, without whom his life would be incomplete.

Mr. Farmer has been profiled in The Best Lawyers In America and rated AV by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Rating system. The South Florida Legal Guide has selected Mr. Farmer to be recognized as a "Top Lawyer" for his work in class actions. Additionally, Mr. Farmer has been selected as a 2014 Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer magazine.

Mr. Farmer is a member of the Florida Bar, and is appointed to the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitU.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He is a board member of the Broward County Justice Association and a Past President of the Florida Justice of Association. He is also a proud member of the American Association for Justice and it's Leadership Forum and board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter.



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Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 50%
  2. Civil Rights: 50%

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Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.

425 North Andrews Avenue
Suite 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


FLMember in Good Standing199109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Magazine2015
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2015
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Magazine2014
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2014
Best LawyersThe Best Lawyers in America2014
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2013
Best LawyersThe Best Lawyers In America2013
Gold EAGLE AwardFlorida Justice Association2012
EAGLE Recruiting Champion AwardFlorida Justice Association2012
EAGLE Legend AwardFlorida Justice Association2012
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal Guide2012
Gold Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association2011
South Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Magazine2011
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFarmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.2011 - Present
AttorneyRothstein Rosenfeldt Adler2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida BarCode & Rules of Evidence Committee2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum Member2012 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationPresident2012 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationPresident-Elect2011 - 2012
Florida Justice AssociationTreasurer2010 - 2011
Broward County Justice AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
The Florida BarMember1991 - Present
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Florida ChapterBoard MemberN/A
Broward County Justice AssociationBoard MemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ruderman v. Washington National Insurance CompanyPlaintiff - $8 Million Fund
Starr V. Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Risperdal)Plaintiff - $1.27 Billion
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Publication nameTitleDate
Palm Beach PostFloridians at the Mercy of Private Insurance Companies2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
The University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Florida State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConventionAvailability of Whistleblower Actions in Various Countries2015
2015 Workhorse SeminarQui Tam/False Claims Issues – The Basics – Statutory Construction and practical Considerations in Evaluation Cases2015
2015 Workhorse SeminarModerated the Qui Tam Projects and Litigation Session2015
2015 Workhorse SeminarUnfair and Deceptive Trade Practices – Insurance Coverage2015
2015 Annual ConventionGeneral andl Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update2015
Workhorse SeminarBillions Recovered in 2012: Qui Tam (Federal and State): The Rise and Reward of the American Whistleblower.2014
Annual ConventionGeneral Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update2014
Mass Torts Made Perfect - Las VegasThe Rise and Reward of the American Whistleblower.2013
Mass Tort Made Perfect ConferenceState Attorney General Actions in Drug Cases: Are You Wasting All of Your Hard Work?2012
Auto Insurance SeminarConstitutional Issues Arising Under "New PIP"2012
2012 Workshorse SeminarEverything You Always Wanted To Know About Qui Tam Cases – But Were Afraid to Ask2012
Florida Justice Association's Annual ConventionInsurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update2011
Auto Negligence SeminarAuto Insurance Legislation: PIP on the Cusp?2011