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Wilbert V. Farrell IV, Esq.



Mr. Farrell serves on the Firm's Board of Directors and is a member of the Litigation practice group. Mr. Farrell focuses upon advocating for his business clients and individual clients to efficiently resolve their disputes. Mr. Farrell has developed a complex civil litigation practice wherein he routinely represents businesses and individuals in disputes focusing on business torts, appeals, commercial, financial services, partnership, and real estate disputes, and other complex contract and tort claims. Mr. Farrell is also a member of the Firm's Trust, Estate, & Probate Litigation practice, prosecuting and defending actions and claims involving trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in trust and probate disputes and other fiduciary-related litigation. Mr. Farrell counsels clients on all aspects of trust, estate, and probate disputes, including investigating potential claims, evaluating the merits of bringing a claim or defending a claim, and litigating a claim through resolution. Mr. Farrell has successfully handled cases for a wide range of clients including trustees, executors, administrators, other fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and family limited partnerships. Throughout his career, Mr. Farrell has handled actions from inception to resolution in state and federal courts around the country.

Mr. Farrell's abilities are evidenced by his representation of:

  • An insurer seeking to recover claims paid by commercial property insurers in a $5 billion subrogation action arising from the 9/11 terrorist attack, resulting in a highly-favorable confidential settlement.

  • Numerous trustees/executors and beneficiaries in several family trust and estate disputes, with an emphasis on family trust/partnership litigation, resulting in multiple favorable resolutions.

  • Plaintiff classes in Iowa and Wisconsin in indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, where Plaintiffs alleged that a major software company had illegally monopolized and engaged in unreasonable restraints of trade for its operating system and productivity application software. Cases in both Iowa – following three months of trial – and Wisconsin resulted in advantageous settlements.

  • Plaintiffs in a nationwide class action involving trespass claims brought by land owners against telecommunications carriers and railroads related to the installation of fiber optic cable along railroad rights-of-way.

  • A homeowners' association in a dispute within an adjacent retail association, resulting in a favorable decision from the trial court to enforce a contested settlement agreement, later affirmed by the Court of Appeals.

  • A real estate developer in business partnership dispute litigation, resulting in favorable settlement.

  • Minority shareholders in a multi-party action and dispute with majority shareholders resulting in a favorable buyout of the minority shareholders by the majority shareholders.

Mr. Farrell and his family returned home to Northeast Ohio following several years spent practicing in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Hennepin County, Minnesota Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the John Carroll University Ambassadors Program.

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What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, especially helping my young son to become a happy, healthy, empathetic, and productive member of the world in which he lives. As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I am passionate about Cleveland Guardians baseball, and I firmly believe that Cleveland will win a World Series during my lifetime. I am passionate about exercise and healthy living. I am passionate about helping each and every one of my clients resolve their most difficult disputes.

Why did you begin practicing this area of law in the first place?

From a young age, I was captivated by, and drawn to, the inextricable intersection of law, politics, economics, and justice. I enjoy being my client's staunchest advocate.

Why do/should people want to and choose to work with you?

I will fight for, and advocate on behalf of, my clients to achieve the best possible resolution. Good litigators excel both at crafting persuasive legal argument and at communicating it to all parties, including clients, judges, juries, mediators, opposing counsel, and others. To do that, I have to be well-prepared, nimble on my feet, and succinctly articulate in my communication, both oral and written. I have to do it in a compelling, cogent way for every case and for every client. And, I enjoy it immensely.

What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?

"…a [person's] reach should exceed [their] grasp…"
– Robert Browning.

What else should we know about you?

If I could not be a civil litigator, I would like to call radio play-by-play for my beloved Cleveland Guardians. Once he is old enough, I look forward to playing catch with my son in the backyard, while listening to Tom Hamilton call Cleveland Guardians' games on the radio.

2004 - Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D.)
2001 - John Carroll University (B.A., Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude)

State of Ohio
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Lorain County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Hennepin County, Minnesota Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
John Carroll University Ambassadors Program

Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review (2003-2004)
Member, Vanderbilt Law Review (2002-2004)
Vanderbilt Moot Court Board Traveling Team (2002-2003)
Lightfoot, Franklin & White Best Oralist Award Recipient
West Group Outstanding Graduate Award for Scholastic Achievement

Publications & Articles


Speaking Engagements

  • "Attorney-Client Privilege, Undue Influence, and the Inherent Dangers of Online Meetings," Consortium Against Adult Abuse 2022 Annual Conference, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, June 10, 2022
  • "The 9/11 Terrorist Attack – Insurance, Legal Liability and Public Policy Issues," presented to St. Louis Park, Minnesota Rotary Club, January 2015


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