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Mike Farris is a writer and retired entertainment attorney in Dallas, Texas.  He is the past editor of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal and past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section.  In addition to writing, he is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and is an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law and Entertainment Law at the University of Texas at Arlington.

In his last trial before retiring, he represented the plaintiff in the Fifty Shades of Grey litigation that was tried before a jury in Fort Worth, Texas, and resulted in a $13.2 million judgment in favor of his client.  

Look for Mike on Facebook at Mike Farris or Mike Farris Author.  Also on Amazon.






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 At some point, every lawyer will encounter a client from hell. Kelly Adair finds herself in this exact situation, defending a lawyer accused of killing another. A power   struggle within the Dallas law firm Christopher Clark & Oliver has left partner Ken Hargrove dead and Frank Oliver on trial.

 Convinced that her client might be guilty, but bolstered by accounts of Oliver's irrational behavior, she decides to rely upon an insanity defense at trial. Soon, the   resulting courtroom drama threatens to tear the firm apart.

 Will Kelly have hell to pay? 

 Something Unfortunate is now available from Next Chapter and Amazon



 


The lawyer jokes were flying when Ed Hathcox finished law school, hoping to join the FBI.  But the humor dried up when a serial killer began targeting attorneys.  Paired with veteran Detective Hal Barnes, they visit crime scenes where the main attractions are dead lawyers with missing tongues and the killer's trademark--paper scraps adorned with Bible verses.  What's the connection?  The victims were lawyers so . . . Money?  Each victim had plenty.  Enemies?  Again, each victim had plenty.  It must be something else, but what? 


The Catch is now available from Bold Venture Press and Amazon.

"Mike Farris brings all his impressive legal expertise to his newest book The Catch, a gripping and fast-paced novel about a relentless serial killer murdering some of Big D's best lawyers, and the two detectives obsessed with stopping him." -- Kathleen Kent, author of The Dime and The Burn





Also, see these re-releases from Bold Venture Press:







 












    Manifest Intent                        Kanaka Blues                        Rules of Privilege







At last it can be told, the true insider story of scandal, treachery, 
and betrayal behind the publishing of one of the most lucrative
juggernauts in publishing history, the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey trilogyFifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the
Lawsuit behind a Publishing Phenomenon is available from Stairway Press; also available on Amazon.

 









 
 A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow was released in November 2016 from Skyhorse Publishing. Also available on Amazon.  Film rights have been optioned by Twin Ink, Inc., the production company of Aaron and Jordan Kandell, writers on the Disney hit animated film "Moana."



Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Local filmmakers option book on Massie case


By Mindy Pennybacker, January 8, 2017, Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Hawaii screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell, fresh off their success as part of the writing team for Disney’s “Moana,” have optioned the film rights to a book about the infamous Massie case, a saga of racially explosive crimes, lies and courtroom drama that shook Hawaii in 1931 and ’32. The Massie story raises “important and still relevant issues,” said Aaron Kandell. “I think at that time (racism) was more overt, but those currents are still deeply felt.”


The 34-year-old twins’ production company, Twin Ink, was already producing a Massie project with a script by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright when they optioned Texas attorney Mike Farris’ nonfiction book, “A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow” (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99), for an undisclosed sum.