Overview

Robert Farlow is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Tysons office, where he practices 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 have involved litigating cases on behalf of military servicemen, advising non-profits on 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.

Experience

  • 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
  • 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
Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, Young Lawyers Committee

Publications

Speaking Engagements