After a career at a big corporate defense firm, Troutman Sanders partner Scott Farrow has joined plaintiffs firm Conley Griggs Partin.
That gives Conley Griggs Partin 14 lawyers, making it one of the largest plaintiffs firms in Georgia. Troutman has about 650 lawyers spread across more than a dozen offices.
“I wanted to pursue the work I enjoyed the most, and that was the plaintiffs work,” said Farrow. Unusual for an equity partner at a large corporate firm, he has handled a mix of plaintiffs and defense litigation since joining Troutman in 1985 as a second-year summer associate.
“You’re representing clients, oftentimes at the lowest times of their lives, after they’ve been through a life-altering event,” he explained. “It’s rewarding to help people deal with that—and hopefully put them in a situation where they are able to live comfortably for the rest of their lives.”
“I’d reached a point in my career where I could afford to make a move,” added Farrow, who joined Conley Griggs Partin as of counsel.
Farrow said he’d known Conley Griggs Partin founder Cale Conley for years, so when he decided to jump to the plaintiffs side, he reached out. “I always had respect for the way he practices. he’s a very smart guy, very ethical, with a great reputation, so when I decided to make a move, he’s the guy I called,” he said.
Another Conley Griggs Partin partner, Ranse Partin, said he, Conley and Richard Griggs were “delighted” to add Farrow to the firm. “It gives us somebody at the senior level who can run cases on their own and help train and manage our paralegals,” Partin said. “Scott has been lead counsel in numerous trials. He knows how to put together a case and get it to verdict.”
Farrow said the very first case he worked on at Troutman in the mid-1980s was a plaintiffs case. Two Troutman partners with whom he worked, Dan Reinhardt (now senior counsel) and Bob Pennington (who retired in 2000) “always had a view that, if it were a good plaintiffs case, we would take it,” he said.
Farrow said he’s handled product liability and vehicle wreck cases on both the plaintiffs and defense side, as well as plaintiffs medical malpractice cases. On the defense side, he’s also handled business disputes.
He brought a medical malpractice and an auto case with him to Conley Griggs Partin.
Some of his plaintiffs cases have included representing a seventh grade football player who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a high-school player during an illegal scrimmage and representing a man who lost his leg because of a poorly designed rototiller.
“As long as there was no conflict, the firm did not have a problem with it,” Farrow said, adding that, as Troutman has grown, conflicts have become a much bigger issue.
“I’ve always really enjoyed practicing law, and part of what I enjoyed was the passion I have when I have a case I really believe in. That’s what I wanted more of—where you look forward to every day,” he said. “That’s what you have when you have a good plaintiffs practice.”
He added that he’s gotten some calls from other lawyers curious about his leap from a corporate to a plaintiffs firm, so he thinks others may have a similar interest.
Outside of his job, Farrow has for many years coached baseball and softball for his two children, Andrew, a recent Georgia Tech graduate who’s now a software engineer, and Emily, a senior at Georgia Tech.