Mike Farris is an entertainment attorney, now retired, and writer in Dallas, Texas.  He is the past editor of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, and is currently the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section.

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.  See Caroline Overington's fascinating account of the case in Australian Women's Weekly in her article "Fifty Shades of Greed."  Mike's collaboration with his client, Jennifer Pedroza, is now available.


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.


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

Look for Mike's most recent novel Every Pig Got a Saturday
 from John M. Hardy Publishing; also available on Amazon

 A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow was released in November 8, 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.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements 

Ø    Screenwriting & Storytelling, Make Your Mark Studios, June 2, 2018  

Ø State Bar of Texas annual meeting, Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX  June 21, 2018 





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