Jessica Farmer is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Farmer has extensive federal and state litigation experience in a wide array of matters involving breach of contract, labor and employment, federal statutory claims, regulatory matters, business fraud, breach of trust cases, tax reimbursement claims against the United States and real estate disputes. In the area of alternative dispute resolution, Ms. Farmer has represented clients in arbitral disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Recent matters include:

  • representing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor in a multi-billion dollar ICC arbitration dispute arising out of the construction of a mega infrastructure project
  • representing a television distributor in breach of contract litigation with a major programming content provider
  • defending corporations in False Claims Act litigation
  • representing Indian tribes in suits against the U.S. government
  • defending companies in wrongful discharge litigation
  • defending large commercial property owners and construction companies against Fair Housing Act claims and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims
  • defending a company with respect to fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) related to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other employee benefit plans arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • defending insurance companies and brokerage firms against claims brought before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

Ms. Farmer has participated in jury and bench trials in cases in federal court, has appeared before state and federal courts in a variety of proceedings, and has represented clients in settlement negotiations and mediations. Ms. Farmer has also managed extensive discovery for clients, including written discovery and complex discovery issues related to electronically stored information.

During law school, Ms. Farmer was an associate editor of the Maryland Law Review. She also served as a teaching assistant for legal writing and appellate advocacy courses.

In addition, Ms. Farmer worked as a paralegal while attending law school and as a judicial intern to Judge Leo E. Green Jr. in the Prince George’s County (Md.) Circuit Court.


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.A., Psychology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


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