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Overview

Farah Famouri thoughtfully guides business clients through a wide range of complex commercial disputes. 

Farah joins Greene Espel with deep experience and extensive knowledge of our state court system, having clerked for four judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Farah calls upon her clerkship experience as well as her outstanding research and analytic skills to help defend client interests and further client goals in all phases of litigation.

Farah graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received the Mary Kelly Quakenbush Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Student Note for her writing on free speech in the U.S. and U.K. During law school, Farah worked as an extern for the Center for the Integrity in Forensic Sciences, a clinical intern for the Wisconsin State Public Defender, and as a clinical research assistant for the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Farah is an active community member and passionate advocate. Farah served as a New York City Department of Correction Grievance Counselor at Rikers Island as well as a Victim Advocate at SAGE (Safety Advocacy Growth Empowerment), a domestic and sexual violence center.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School; Senior Articles Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal
  • M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health, Concentration in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights
  • B.A., West Virginia University, International Studies and Philosophy

EXPERIENCE

  • Law Clerk, Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Jeffrey M. Bryan
  • Law Clerk, Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Diane B. Bratvold, The Honorable Theodora K. Gaïtas, and The Honorable Matthew E. Johnson
  • Judicial Extern, Wisconsin Supreme Court, The Honorable Rebecca Frank Dallet

ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

AFFILIATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Iranian American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Farah's Practice Areas

  • Appellate

    “What’s next?” Greene Espel can guide you through the appellate process, providing an objective assessment of the pivotal issues, developing a strategy based on how appellate judges are likely to view a case in light of legal, institutional, and policy considerations, and advocating effectively.

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  • Commercial Litigation

    Our business litigation practice embraces the wide variety of commercial disputes facing private and public companies today. Areas of particular expertise include intellectual property, antitrust, securities, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes.

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  • Employment Litigation

    Businesses, public institutions, and individuals seek out Greene Espel for representation in a wide range of employment-litigation matters. 

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  • Energy and Environmental

    Handling environmental and energy disputes is a fundamental part of our practice. We defend lawsuits, give compliance counseling, and offer guidance in the face of legal and regulatory quagmires.

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  • False Claims Act and Health Care Litigation

    We have the experience to help clients—particularly those in the healthcare industry—navigate the ever-expanding breadth of False Claims Act (“FCA”) and health care litigation.  We have achieved success for our clients at every phase—conducting thorough investigations, persuading government agencies not to intervene in whistleblower suits, obtaining dismissals through motion practice, negotiating favorable settlements with government agencies and relators, and taking cases through litigation and trial. 

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  • Employment Investigations

    Employers rely on Greene Espel to conduct internal investigations about their most sensitive and high-stakes workplace issues. 

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  • Non-Compete Disputes and Litigation

    Employees come and go. When their departures implicate legal obligations, Greene Espel can help. Greene Espel mobilizes immediately when clients must seek, or defend against, expedited injunction motions that may arise when employees move from one job to another.  

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  • Trade Secret Litigation

    From burgeoning high-tech companies to established international manufacturers, healthcare giants, and established financial services and insurance institutions, clients regularly turn to Greene Espel to represent them in disputes involving trade secrets.

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting

    We are repeatedly called upon to help organizations craft customized, strategic solutions to address their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals and objectives.

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Investigations

    We are repeatedly called upon to conduct timely and comprehensive high-stakes internal investigations through a DEI lens.  

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training and Speaking

    We are nationally recognized speakers who provide energizing and inspiring trainings in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion space.  

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  • Internal Investigations

    We leverage our experience to conduct sensitive and high-profile internal investigations for our clients. We also help clients navigate investigations to mitigate reputational, regulatory, and litigation risks. 

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  • White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense

    We provide an insider’s perspective and the experience to vindicate your interests and defend your name in complex criminal and regulatory matters. 

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  • Constitutional Litigation

    Constitutional litigation is a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice. We represent individuals, private businesses, and government entities where their actions raise constitutional issues.

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  • Local Government Defense

    Local government defense is a cornerstone of Greene Espel’s practice.

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  • Elections and Redistricting

    Greene Espel takes on attacks to voting rights and democratic institutions—and wins. We take on lawsuits to tackle voter suppression, election subversion, and districting issues.

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Farah's Recognition & Awards

  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2023)
  • Mary Kelly Quakenbush Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Student Note, University of Wisconsin Law School

Farah's Community Involvement

Farah is an active community member and passionate advocate. Farah is a community owner of the Minnesota Aurora FC women’s soccer team and is a member of the Revontulet supporter group for the team. Farah is also a proud member of the Minnesota Historical Society and serves on the Board of the Jungle Theater.

Farah previously served as a New York City Department of Correction Grievance Counselor at Rikers Island as well as a Victim Advocate at SAGE (Safety Advocacy Growth Empowerment), a domestic and sexual violence center. 

NEWS &
UPDATES

October 26, 2022
Greene Espel Welcomes Litigators Farah Famouri and Gina Tonn to the Firm
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EVENTS &
PRESENTATIONS

April 18, 2024
"Ethical Use of Technology," Ethics for the Public Practice, Minnesota Office of the Attorney General

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