Overview

Robert Farlow is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office. Mr. Farlow focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial, corporate and employment litigation.

Mr. Farlow regularly appears in state and federal courts on a variety of civil matters, prepares and argues dispositive motions and conducts and defends depositions, including those involving expert witnesses. During the early stages of litigation, Mr. Farlow has navigated clients through the modern e-discovery process in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, one of the fastest trial courts in the federal judiciary. Mr. Farlow also has worked on several appellate matters before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Farlow was an associate in the commercial litigation practice of an Am Law 100 firm, where he focused on commercial business disputes and land use litigation. Before entering private practice, Mr. Farlow served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga (2015-2016) and U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson (2014-2015).

Mr. Farlow's pro bono matters involve litigating cases on behalf of military service members, including the defense of a female veteran, which recently proceeded to a five-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also has pro bono experience with drafting and analyzing commercial contracts, advising nonprofit organizations on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant procedures and counseling clients on child support and custody matters in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Farlow also volunteers with Jill's House, a nonprofit organization that provides short-term and overnight care to children with intellectual disabilities.

During law school, Mr. Farlow served as editor-in-chief of the University of Richmond Law Review, where he managed the university's primary legal publication along with six editorial board members and 32 second-year law students.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a government contractor and its owners in defending against a civil complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, alleging a variety of employee-based discrimination claims; after successfully moving to strike the complaint, the client successfully moved to dismiss the plaintiff's amended complaint with prejudice; the result allowed the client to avoid the substantial litigation costs that often begin during discovery
  • Represented a national sports team in connection with litigation over the team's confidential and attorney-client privileged information; provided legal guidance on other internal investigations involving the team that were ongoing
  • Represented an individual investor in prosecuting civil claims for breach of contract and fraud against various companies and individuals based on fraudulent investment scheme; after more than two years of litigation, which included extensive motions practice in connection with discovery, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland awarded a default judgment against one of the corporate defendants, which included $500,000 in compensatory damages, $250,000 in punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest; the enforcement of this judgment remains ongoing
  • Represented one of the country's largest trade associations in responding to foreign subpoenas served on the client and its officers in connection with a highly publicized toxic tort class action
  • Represented a well-known chief financial officer (CFO) in the government contracts industry who received a notice of dispute from his employer after he provided two weeks' notice to begin working at another government contractor; when the non-compete dispute escalated to litigation, successfully opposed a motion for expedited hearing and motion for preliminary injunction, thus allowing the CFO to transition to his new job without interruption; the case was eventually dismissed pursuant to a settlement agreement, which resolved the matter on favorable terms for the client and his new employer
  • Represented a military veteran in connection with a lawsuit filed against her in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; plaintiff sought more than $300,000 in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages in connection with claims for defamation, malicious prosecution and tortious interference with business expectancy; after a year of litigation, which included the successful filing of several motions to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment, the matter proceeded to a five-day jury trial; after a full day of deliberations, the jury returned a $10,000 verdict for plaintiff, denying all other compensatory damages and denying plaintiff's request punitive damages
  • Represented a government contractor and its owners in connection with a lawsuit filed by their former general counsel in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that alleged claims of post-employment retaliation and violations of 1) Title VII, including hostile and abuse work environment, 2) the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 3) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 4) the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; after the client initially retained another law firm to dismiss the complaint, Holland & Knight became counsel to address the plaintiff's amended complaint through a motion to dismiss, which was granted and dismissed the amended complaint with prejudice, thus ending the litigation before discovery could commence
  • Represented land owners in defending against a multi-count complaint alleging business conspiracy, defamation and common law claims of conspiracy and insulting words; after extensive pre-trial briefing on demurrer, the court granted the client's demurrer and dismissed the complaint in its entirety
  • Represented a nonprofit organization in connection with the establishment of records retention policy in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations
  • Represented the sellers of a multi-million dollar government contracting business in connection with a lawsuit filed against them in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleging claims for breach of contract, violation of Virginia's Wage Payment Act, tortious interference with contracts and business expectancies, statutory and common law conspiracy and unjust enrichment; primarily responsible for drafting all dispositive motions in the civil action, which resulted in the dismissal of several claims prior to trial and led to a favorable settlement for defendants after submitting a motion for summary judgment
  • Represented an employee and non-party employer in their defense against non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; primarily responsible for drafting all dispositive motions prior to trial, the first of which caused plaintiff to amend its complaint and later agree to settle the matter on terms that did not include any monetary payment in exchange for dismissal of the lawsuit
  • Represented the purchasers of a government contracting business in connection with indemnity claims and disputes over networking capital that initially proceeded to litigation in Fairfax County Circuit Court, but was later successfully removed by purchasers to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where the matter was settled prior to the client incurring substantial litigation costs
  • Represented a biomedical research and technology company in responding to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Assisted in the representation of a construction management company and related partnership in connection with a real estate payment dispute submitted to arbitration
  • Represented two members of the Saudi royal family that were faced with civil claims of human trafficking, involuntary servitude, forced labor, and breach of contract in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; after nearly 18 months of litigation, the plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice and admitted that there was insufficient evidence to pursue her allegations
  • Represented America's largest automobile service organization in connection with breach of contract and tortious interference claims filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, which included a series of successful pretrial motions that resulted in complete dismissal of the lawsuit prior to trial
  • Represented former sellers of government contracting business in a multimillion dollar post-closing acquisition dispute filed in Arlington County Circuit Court in Virginia, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client prior to trial
  • Represented construction company and employees in trade secrets litigation filed in Prince William County Circuit Court in Virginia, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the clients prior to trial
  • Represented physician in successfully quashing a non-party subpoena served in connection with litigation brought under the Rehabilitation Act in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Represented partner in private wealth management group in connection with an employment dispute, which resulted in a favorable resolution for the client prior to litigation
  • Represented a government contractor in connection with breach of contract and non-solicitation claims brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which resulted in a favorable settlement after the filing of a preliminary injunction
  • Represented international law firm in successfully quashing various non-party subpoenas served in connection with litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Represented government contractor in False Claims Act litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client after the filing of a motion to enforcement settlement
  • Represented hedge fund administrator and its former chief executive officer (CEO) in securities fraud class action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which included a series of pretrial motions that resulted in complete dismissal of the lawsuit prior to trial
  • Represented global hotel brand in connection with a trademark infringement dispute filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Represented interstate gas transmission subsidiary in multimillion dollar construction dispute filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client prior to trial
  • Represented real estate investment trust in land use dispute filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, resulting in a favorable verdict for the client after trial
  • Represented global hotel brand in formal arbitration to resolve contractual disputes and environmental toxic tort claims
  • Represented private university in accreditation dispute filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, including through appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Represented American brewery in construction dispute filed in Rockingham County Circuit Court in Virginia, which resulted in a favorable settlement prior to trial
  • Represented developer of natural gas pipeline in various eminent domain disputes in circuits courts throughout Virginia, including in appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia

Credentials

Education
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
  • Furman University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Superior Court of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
Memberships
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, 2020-Present
  • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, 2019-Present
  • Advisory Board Member, University of Richmond Law Review, 2022
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2018-2021

Publications

Speaking Engagements