Timothy MB Farrell was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. He spent the early part of his life in Africa (Rhodesia, South Africa, and Ghana) and obtained his primary and secondary education in Michigan. His last year of high school was in Toronto, Ontario before attending the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with a degree in business (Management Information Systems) and a minor in English. During his summers he worked as a commercial fisherman on the East Coast (Cape May, New Jersey and New Bedford, Massachusetts). He also worked an opilio season aboard a crab boat in the Bering Sea. He obtained his law degree in Portland, Oregon, spending a year in Notre Dame’s London Law program and working for a solicitor’s office in the City. After working for several years as a maritime attorney in Cleveland, Ohio representing vessel owners on the Great Lakes, he obtained his master’s degree in maritime law from Tulane University in New Orleans. He worked for several years in Seattle representing injured fishermen before moving to Guam and Saipan in the Western Pacific, which enabled him to travel throughout Asia representing clients from Japan, Korea, China (Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Republic) and the PI, as well as the Western Pacific (Palau, the Marshalls, and the FSM). After spending a year at a D.C. law firm where he helped those injured by unsafe pharmaceuticals, he volunteered his time with International Cruise Victims to pass federal legislation making cruise ships safer (the biggest change to maritime law since the sinking of the Titanic). He now lives in the beautiful town of Hood River, Oregon and practices throughout the Pacific Northwest.
He has published two windsurfing articles in American Windsurfer and American Mensa magazines. He has also been published by the Oregon Bar Bulletin. He wrote and published the CNMI Bar Review, the only commercial bar preparation outline for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He was the first to appeal a case directly from the CNMI Supreme Court to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the CNMI and Guam bar associations, as well as the state bars of Ohio, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia, in addition to various Federal and Appellate Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of Mensa.
Currently, he is involved with the Hood River community, including as a volunteer Master Gardener through the Oregon State University Extension. He represents GAIN5, a local group of investors that have invested over a million dollars in the local community. He formed the Celilo Writing Group to encourage local writers to get published. He is a board member of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association. He is also an active board member of the Cemetery Association of Oregon, and has participated in drafting regulations for the Oregon Cemetery and Mortuary Board, and helped pass four industry related bills through the Oregon legislature. In his free time he likes to ride horses, mountain bike, windsurf and snowboard (golf is another matter).