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Edward Michael Farmer

Military law Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   5 reviews

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About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Military law
    VA Disability Benefits 100% Disability Ratings & Individual Unemployability Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injuries Agent Orange Exposure to Environmental Hazards Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims DIC & Other Death Benefits Housebound Benefits & Aid and Attendance Non-Service Connected Pension Incompetency & Guardianship Issues Debts & Over-Payments Discharge Upgrades Military Records Correction Medical Discharges Administrative Seperations

    13 years, 250 cases

I am an U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War and understand the unique legal needs of the Veteran community. A majority of my career has been dedicated to providing quality legal assistance the veteran community. I have extensive experience in handling VA disability appeals at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School, I teach law students and other lawyers the substantive and practical aspects VA disability appeals, discharge upgrades, and veteran diversion court matters. Due to my experience, I have been frequently invited to present on veteran and military service-related topics. I am currently, the owner of the Law Office of Edward M. Farmer, a firm providing affordable and quality legal representation to Servicemembers, Veterans, Veteran-owned businesses, and Veteran supported organizations.

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Licensed for 12 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Edward

The Law Offices of Edward M. Farmer
166 W. Washington St.
Suite 730
Chicago, IL, 60602


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Nancy | October 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Mr Farmer worked with me on my appeal to the VA for spousal benefits. I had begun the process about 6 1/2 years prior to hearing about the Veterans clinic @ John Marshall Law School. Ed was very pleasant & helpful to me & the success of my appeal. My appeal was won 8 years after initiation. I would highly recommend Mr. Farmer to be hired for your legal needs.
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Posted by Steve | October 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great brief. Judge impressed. Asked for expedited decision based on the age of the client. Judge said he may render a favorable decision. Friendly hearing.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
5 stars without a doubt
Ed Farmer is one of the most effective attorney's I have ever come across. He is an excellent communicator that displays patience and understanding. I never felt like I couldn’t contact him with a question or a concern. His attention to detail and thoughtfulness makes him a great lawyer.
Posted by Ronnie | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped Vietnam Veteran.
Ed helped me receive VA compensation in a very reasonable time, especially since it was one of the slowest processing times in history. When he left the prior law firm he worked, no one else would help me further. Thanks for a good job Ed.
Posted by Wes Ottey | September 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine, Professional, Effective
Mr. Farmer is an excellent attorney who genuinely cares about his clients. He is persistent and focused on details of client affairs. Mr. Farmer, unlike most attorneys, makes himself available and will return calls and emails promptly. Great guy all around. Easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. Would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Pro bono 20 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • 2015 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Edward M. Farmer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • The John Marshall School of Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sullivan Hincks & Conway
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bosley & Bratch: Lawyers for Veterans
  • 2010 - 2013
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  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2010
  • Illinois State University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • WWII Veteran granted 13 years of back benefits
  • 13 years of back pay
  • $41,000 for Homeless Veteran
  • $41,000 payment
  • Widow Granted Benefits for Thailand Vet's Death from Agent Orange Exposure
  • $85,000 payment
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  • Illinois Cannabis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Military and Veteran Lawyers Bar Association
  • Founder
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Legion
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • 2016
  • Award for Excellence in Public Service
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • 2016
  • Letter of Appreciation
  • U.S. Navy Defense Service Office Southeast
  • 2016
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Department of the Army
  • 2005
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  • The Transportation Lawyer
  • Two Courts. Two Analyses of Owner-Operator Agreements
  • 2015
  • Jorge Ortiz v. United States of America
  • Amicus Brief United States Supreme Court
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Law Meeting
  • Introduction to VA Benefits and Resources
  • 2017
  • Boots to Business
  • Picking the Correct Legal Entity for Your Business
  • 2016
  • Representing Service Members and Veterans
  • Veterans Benefits Training Part II
  • 2016
  • Veterans Day of Service
  • VA Accreditation Training
  • 2015
  • National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans.
  • Making Your Record: Regional Office Through the Board of Veterans Appeals.
  • 2015
  • Jesse Brown VA CLE
  • Veterans Benefits Issue Spotting
  • 2015
  • Access to Justice for Rural Veterans Policy, Law & Healthcare.
  • Veterans Benefits Overview
  • 2015
  • Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit
  • Navigating the Veterans Health Administration as a Medical Cannabis Patient
  • 2015
  • The University of Memphis Law Review Annual Symposium
  • In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid
  • 2015
  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Veterans Benefits 101
  • 2015
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • Combat Related Special Compensation.
  • 2015
  • Pre-Law Advisors National Conference
  • Veterans, National Guard, Reserve, and their Law School Choice
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse Edward
Military law Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is by far one of the best and most knowledgeable Military and Veterans lawyer in the Midwest."
Military law Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Farmer is a zealous advocate for his clients and strives to achieve the best result possible in each and every matter. I endorse this Attorney."
Military law Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a fellow veteran and attorney, I can honestly say that I would trust Ed to represent me in any matter involving my VA benefits. I endorse this attorney."
Military law Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Farmer is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced Veterans attorney and advocate. He continues to fight for veterans’ rights and benefits in addition to his speaking engagements to educate others. I highly recommend Mr. Farmer for all matters concerning VA benefits."
Military law Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ed is an excellent attorney with a very practical approach to the numerous issues he takes on for Veterans each day. He is well-versed in Military Law and Veterans Affairs matters. His guidance during our work together was crucial to my understanding and completion of the work. Finally, Ed is very professional: He takes the services he provides for Veterans like himself very seriously. I highly recommend using his services/working with Edward Michael Farmer if you are provided the opportunity."
Military law Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed is a determined and professional individual, willing to go the extra mile to serve his clients' best interests."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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