Peter S. Farrell

Attorney Farrell is a partner with a diverse and varied litigation practice in state and federal courts. Throughout his career Attorney Farrell devoted his practice to advocacy for individuals, families and businesses requiring advice and counsel on matters that may be litigated including in the areas of Business Law; Corporate; Outside General Counsel; Local Counsel; Civil Litigation; Education and Special Education Law; Criminal Defense; Juvenile Law; Trust and Estate Administration; Fiduciary Litigation; Guardianship and Conservatorship; and Crisis Management, Strategy And Communication.

Attorney Farrell is widely known for his education law practice, particularly focused on special education law. As a father of a daughter with autism, Attorney Farrell champions families of children with special needs in disputes regarding the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans (“IEPs”) and similar programs under §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. His practice covers requests for accommodations in school or with standardized testing, out-of-district placement, short- and long-term absence and home and hospital services. Attorney Farrell also advises parents and represents individuals in general education matters such as bullying and harassment, cyberbullying, social media issues, student mental health, behavior and discipline, attendance, private school related matters and school investigations. He has developed a niche practice in conciliation and mediation focusing on resolving misunderstandings between parents and schools and sometimes brokering resolution in disputes between the parent community, faculty and school administration.

Attorney Farrell is an in-demand, highly sought-after presenter speaking regularly to various groups of parents, educators and service-based professionals at live events, conferences, workshops, podcasts and interviews. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for his practice in special education law and is active in Provisors, a national, executive networking group where membership is limited to senior level trusted advisors.

Education

Attorney Farrell graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. While attending the evening division and working full time, Attorney Farrell served as Research Assistant to the Honorable John E. Fenton, Distinguished Professor of Law and as President of the Student Bar Association. He also served as Research Assistant to the Honorable Patti B. Saris, then the Chief Justice of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Attorney Farrell is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Associations

Attorney Farrell volunteers as member of the Board of Directors of the May Institute, a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. He is a guest lecturer in the Boston University School of Hospitality where he lectures on Human Resource Management.  He proudly served as a Trustee of the South Shore Charter Public School in Norwell, Massachusetts.  Attorney Farrell is a former member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Board of Directors, a founder of UMass Amherst’s Legal Alumni Network and a member of the University of Massachusetts Club.

Attorney Farrell is a life-long resident of the South Shore where he is Dad to twin daughters.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and the thrill of downhill skiing, playing the trumpet and piano, cooking and traveling. He lives by the saying: “If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains, you are lucky enough,” and always encourages people to take time to smell the coffee.