Randall C. Farmer
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Randall C. Farmer

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Randall C. Farmer
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Randall Farmer, a member of Gregory Doyle’s Education Law practice group, has more than 19 years of experience advising school districts. He works with large and small school districts throughout the state of Georgia.

Education
J.D., University of Georgia, School of Law
M. Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Awards
Mr. Farmer achieved an AV® PreeminentTM rating on Martindale-Hubbell in Education and Civil Rights law.
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers — Rising Stars (2005 Edition)
Admissions
Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia (Member)
  • School Attorneys Group (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
Education
J.D., University of Georgia, School of Law
M. Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Awards
Mr. Farmer achieved an AV® PreeminentTM rating on Martindale-Hubbell in Education and Civil Rights law.
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers — Rising Stars (2005 Edition)
Admissions
Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Mr. Farmer works regularly with clients such as Clayton County School District, Cobb County School District, DeKalb County School District and Marietta City School District. He has also represented over fifteen (15) school districts throughout the state of Georgia. 

He has successfully handled Title VII claims, Fair Dismissal Act cases, Fair Labor Standards Act cases, investigation of ethics violations, contract disputes, First Amendment cases, Fourth Amendment cases, False Arrest and Malicious Prosecution claims, allegations of open records act violations, student disciplinary hearings, Title VI investigations from the Office for Civil Rights, and charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He provides legal advice to school districts on procurement matters, risk management issues, personal injury claims, FERPA confidentiality issues, student issues, and compliance with the Open Records Act. Mr. Farmer is also the primary contact for the firm for a major insurance company on school district liability claims.

Mr. Farmer also provides legal advice to school districts on a variety of special education issues, including IEP meeting attendance, drafting responses to complaints to the Georgia Department of Education, drafting responses to complaints to the Office of Civil Rights, and defending school districts at due process hearing requests.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Farmer worked as a public school teacher for four years in Atlanta Public Schools.

Education
J.D., University of Georgia, School of Law
M. Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Awards
Mr. Farmer achieved an AV® PreeminentTM rating on Martindale-Hubbell in Education and Civil Rights law.
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers — Rising Stars (2005 Edition)
Admissions
Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Some of Mr. Farmer’s notable achievements on behalf of his clients include:

Education Law:

  • Yates v. Cobb County School District (U.S.D.C. 1:15-cv-3211) (11th Cir. 16-15882) obtained dismissal of First and Fourth Amendment claims; 11th Circuit affirmed;
  • Summer Anderson v. Pam Postell, Cherokee County School District (Ga Ct of Appeals Case No. A15A1186) successfully defended personal injury case based on official immunity;
  • Long v. Fulton County School District (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:10-CV-3033) obtained dismissal of Title IX claim;
  • Hughes, et al v. Fulton County School (R. Allen Hughes, et al. v. Fulton County School System, et al, CAFN: 2012-cv-222449) obtained dismissal of injunctive relief case involving Charter School constitutional amendment ballot measure;
  • S.H. v. Clayton County School District (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:16-cv-0126) obtained dismissal without discovery of school district, superintendent and principal in student harassment case;

Special Education Law:

  • VM v. Clayton County School District (OSHA No. 1735860);
  • XP v. Cobb County School District (OSHA No. 1732905);
  • A.O. v. Cobb County School District (OSHA No. 1724749);
  • R.C. v. Cobb County School District (OSAH-DOE-CPEXP-1705013-33);
  • B.Q. v. Cobb County School District (OSAH No. 1804044);
  • S.S. v. Cobb County School District (OSAH No. 1741135);
  • Durbrow v. Cobb County School District, 887 F.3d 1182 (11th Cir. 2018)

Employment Law:

  • Monique Caldwell (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:13-cv-01797) awarded summary judgement in FMLA case;
  • Sheila Lamar (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:13-cv-1600) awarded summary judgement in Title VII case;
  • Wanda Smith (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:10-cv-848), Constance Rolland (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:10-cv-2173), Brian Popham (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:10-cv-2174) successfully defended First Amendment retaliation claims;
  • Bynum v. Clayton County School District (U.S.D.C. 1:16-cv-00001) obtained dismissal of FLSA case;
  • Burnett v. Fulton County School District (U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:07-cv-300) this was a Fulton case based on Title VII;
  • Keegan v. Clayton County School District (Case No. 1:12-cv-3715) awarded summary judgement based on First Amendment retaliation and Georgia Whistleblower claim.
  • Mary Sims v. Hancock County School District (U.S.D.C. Case No. 5:15-cv-000285 and Superior Ct. of Hancock Co. 2015-SU-CV-063) obtained dismissal of HCSD police chief in a false arrest case.
Education
J.D., University of Georgia, School of Law
M. Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Awards
Mr. Farmer achieved an AV® PreeminentTM rating on Martindale-Hubbell in Education and Civil Rights law.
Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers — Rising Stars (2005 Edition)
Admissions
Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit