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310.203.5301; 919.835.3405
  • Education
    • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1992
    • B.A., Loyola University-Chicago, 1989
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Farah Nicol serves as Department Chair for the firm’s national Litigation practice, which includes the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, named to “Top Corporate Law Firms 2019” list by Forbes, and the Commercial Litigation practice, ranked Tier 1 in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” report. Farah works across service areas to provide comprehensive, top-notch client service across a broad spectrum of industries. As legal problems become more complex, it’s these collaborative efforts that allow solutions to come to fruition and meet the client’s business objectives.

In her personal practice, Farah Nicol works closely with clients to develop effective litigation and settlement strategies when managing large mass tort claims. Her substantial skill in assessing risk, developing a cost effective and efficient approach to cases of national scope, managing teams of attorneys in multiple jurisdictions, and overseeing complex litigation strategies has earned the respect of Fortune 50/Fortune 500 clients and colleagues alike. With over 25 years of experience handling mass tort litigation, Farah is skilled at understanding a client’s business and the potential impact that toxic tort and products liability claims can have on future marketability and profitability. She uses her depth of experience and skill to work closely with clients to find the best legal solution to their business challenges.

She has extensive experience in products liability, toxic tort, asbestos, environmental, contract and other general liability claims and issues confronting businesses. She frequently handles cases involving occupational and workplace exposure and has developed significant experience defending toxic tort claims of exposure to asbestos, chemicals, pesticides, and mold/fungus. Farah is frequently called upon by large national and international clients to handle the most complex and challenging cases requiring the development of a comprehensive strategy at all levels including oversight of claims in multiple jurisdictions and coordination with national co-counsel.  

Farah has served major clients in a variety of industries forging longstanding relationships that enable her to understand her clients’ legal challenges within the context of their businesses. Together she works with clients to assist them to develop, balance, and manage legal strategies that meet their particular objectives. Select industry examples include:

  • Pesticide damage, personal injury, and property damage litigation
  • Asbestos litigation concerning fiber supply, construction, and friction materials
  • Benzene exposure in the workplace
  • Product liability in manufacturing
  • Asbestos litigation concerning household products
  • Petrochemical exposure in the workplace
  • Chromium groundwater contamination
  • Developed overall strategy for aggressive no settlement defense for ongoing personal injury and property damage claims relating to pesticide exposure for an international agricultural sciences company. 
  • Lead strategist developing cost-effective strategy for handling claims against national construction material manufacturer alleging liability for ongoing personal injury and wrongful death due to exposure to asbestos.
  • Retained as lead counsel to defend an international chemical company against ongoing multi-million dollar claims alleging exposure to asbestos. 
  • Lead strategist for potential exposure and developed management strategy for claims against an international chemical company involving allegations of benzene exposure in the workplace.
  • Assessed risk and determined litigation strategy and direction to best position large international chemical manufacturer in defending ongoing multi-million dollar products liability claims.
  • Developed strategy and oversaw team’s handling of claims against an international agricultural sciences company involving allegations of benzene exposure in both occupational and bystander settings.
  • Analyzed and investigated highly publicized multiple personal injury and property damage claims arising out of allegations against utility company for chromium groundwater contamination.
  • Assessed risk and determined litigation strategy and direction to best position national manufacturer of RVs involving a broad spectrum of allegations of products liability in manufacturing.
  • Managed pre-litigation assessment and litigation strategy involving claims against household and small appliance manufacturer for defense of nationwide claims alleging products liability.
  • Led an extensive litigation cost-containment initiative including the assessment of litigation cost points, renegotiation of contracts, and implementation of cost-savings protocols and strategies that resulted in exponential savings for clients and was subsequently utilized as a prototype by clients when working on subsequent litigation matters.

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