Mr. Farley has broad experience representing clients in a full range of employment law matters. His experience includes litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, and counseling clients with employment-related questions.
As a litigator, Mr. Farley has represented clients in employment litigation involving claims of discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, pregnancy, age, and disability. Mr. Farley has substantive experience litigating cases involving claims of harassment and retaliation arising out of federal and state anti-discrimination and whistleblower laws. He has litigated cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, breach of employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and defamation, as well as claims for family and medical leave, and employee benefits. His experience extends to appellate law, representing clients in appeals before several state and federal appellate courts. In addition to appearing in court, Mr. Farley has represented clients in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and state and local fair employment practices agencies.
Mr. Farley also has experience counseling and advising clients on employment practices. He has counseled clients on the design and implementation of employee handbooks and personnel polices. He has authored and presented training materials and seminars for clients on various employment-related topics, including anti-harassment policies. Mr. Farley has also negotiated separation and severance agreements on behalf of clients.
Prior to founding the Law Office of Robert C. Farley, Mr. Farley practiced labor and employment law for more than eight years in the Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices of the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. During law school, Mr. Farley served as an intern for the Honorable Louis H. Pollack, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Farley received his law degree from the Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where he was the Research Editor of the Temple Law Review. He was also selected to the Moot Court Honor Society. At graduation, Mr. Farley received the Jacob Kossman Award in Criminal Law, and the J. Howard Reber Memorial Award for his contributions to the Law Review.
Mr. Farley received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in political science from the University of Tennessee, where he was selected to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of the University rugby team. After graduation, Mr. Farley, was selected to the United States of America National Rugby Team, where he represented the United States in international competition, including the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England.
Publications and Seminars
Mr. Farley has authored papers and presented seminars in the areas of civil rights and employment law. He is the author of Suspicionless, Random Urinalysis: The Unreasonable Search of the Student Athlete -- Acton v. Vernonia School District 47J, 68 Temple L. Rev. 458 (1995). He is the author of "Appropriate Hiring Practices and Interviewing Techniques" which he presented at a seminar for emerging growth companies. Mr. Farley was the co-author of "Employment at Will and Wrongful Discharge in Pennsylvania", which was presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Bar Memberships and Admissions
Mr. Farley is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. Mr. Farley is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.