Mike Farris is an entertainment attorney 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-Elect 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."
Look for Mike's most recent novel Isle of Broken Dreams from Stairway Press; also available on Amazon
Also be on the lookout for A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow, set for a November 8, 2016 release 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."
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 Scribes American Society of Legal Writers, Oklahoma City University School of Law, April 21, 2017
Ø State Bar of Texas annual meeting, Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX June 22, 2017