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Edmund G. Farrell, III Attorney at Law
Los Angeles Office
Senior Partner
213-623-6336 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1984
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1984


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California (J.D., Traynor Moot Court Participant, 1982)
    • Law Review: Santa Clara Law Review, Associate Editor, 1981 - 1982
  • University of California, San Diego, California (B.S., 1978)

Edmund G. Farrell, III

Edmund G. Farrell, III is a Senior Partner in the Los Angeles office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP. Mr. Farrell serves as Chair of the firm's Appellate Law practice group and Co-Chair of the Professional Liability practice group. He has devoted his entire career in civil defense litigation. Mr. Farrell is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. As chair of the Appellate Law group, he has been involved in the handling of over 200 appeals and writ petitions and has argued before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in all six districts of the Court of Appeal of the state of California. In his capacity as Co-Chair of the Professional Liability practice group, concentrating in the defense of attorneys, architects and engineers and brokers and other professionals in the defense of various claims of malpractice, sexual harassment and breaches of fiduciary duties and has experience representing Homeowners Associations. Mr. Farrell has represented companies and insurers in employment litigation, including age, race, gender, and disability claims. He also regularly handles matters for the London market.  Mr. Farrell is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Expert Witness Testimony: What happens when the 'gatekeeper' forgets to lock the door?" USLAW Network/Murchison & Cumming, LLP 2013 CLE Program & Summer Beach Bash, June 25, 2013, Santa Monica, CA
  • "Appellate Practice," the Year in Review, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 1994 - 2013
  • "Amicus Curious: Oddball Appeals and the Limits of Creativity," IADC Midyear Meeting, February 9-14, 2013, Boca Raton, FL
  • "Effect of Federal Preemption in Product Cases," USLAW/Bowring Marsh (Bermuda) Ltd. Boot Camp, September 12, 2011, Bermuda
  • "Federal Preemption in Product Liability Cases," Lloyd's Underwriter Bootcamp, June 21, 2011, London, England
  • "Effect of Products Liability Law on Engineers," United States, 11th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, 1998, Oxford, U.K.
  • "Overview of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse Claims," Insurance Institute of British Columbia, 1997, Vancouver, Canada
  • "Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Triparte Relationship," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1995, New Orleans, LA
  • "Emerging Trends in Tort Reform in the California Supreme Court," Executive Enterprises, 1994, San Francisco,CA
  • "Overview of California Insurance Law," Executive Enterprises, 1994, New York,  NY


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 2015 Chair of the PLDF Miscellaneous Professional Liability Committee
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, Appellate Subcommittee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation


Representative Published Decisions

  • Greb v. Diamond Int'l Corp., 2013 WL 628328 (CA S.Ct. Feb. 21, 2013)
  • Del Webb v. Partington, 652 F.3d 1145 (2011)
  • Preferred Risk Mutual Insurance Co. v. Reiswig, (1999)
  • O'Dell v. Freightliner Corporation, (1992)
  • Michael Mitchell v. Scott Wetzel Services, Inc., (1991)
  • Danner v. Himmelfarb, (1988)