About Me

MIKE FARRIS is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was an associate editor on the Texas Tech Law Review and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif.  Mike, now retired, was previously Of Counsel at Dallas's Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein P.C., where his practice included complex commercial litigation as well as entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries.  Prior to that, he was a partner at Vial Hamilton Koch & Knox in Dallas. In his retirement, Mike not only writes but also reviews books for the New York Journal of Books and is an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Mike was the 2014 Chair of the Dallas Bar’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section, after serving as the Chair in 2009 and 2012, and as Vice-chair in 2010 and 2013, and is  currently the Chair Elect of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section.  He was formely an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas in its Sports & Entertainment Management MBA program, where he serves on the Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board.  He taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University Law School and creative writing at Richland College in Dallas. 

Mike is much in demand as a presenter at writers’ conferences around the country, speaking on topics ranging from legal issues for writers and understanding publishing contracts to how to get published.  He created and taught a seminar sponsored by the Dallas Bar’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section entitled Beyond Briefs: Other Forms of Fiction Writing for Lawyers, and he has presented at the State Bar’s Entertainment Law Institute.  As a regular presenter at the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, he has taught seminars on the art and craft of adapting source material into screenplays, teaching alongside his collaborator and former Air Force U-2 pilot-turned-New York Times-best-selling novelist Patrick A. Davis, whose novels Mike has adapted to screenplays. He was quoted extensively in Les Edgerton’s book Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2007 and re-released in 2009. 

As a book writer, Mike collaborated with former ABC-TV anchorman Murphy Martin to write Martin’s memoir of his years in journalism, entitled Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades That Reshaped America (Eakin Press).  In 2009, the University of Oklahoma Press released Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood, his collaboration with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer/director Robert Hinkle on Hinkle’s memoir of his years in show business. On the fiction side, he is the author of the thrillers Kanaka BluesManifest Intent, Rules of PrivilegeThe Bequest, and Wrongful Termination, as well as the historical novel Isle of Broken Dreams. His upcoming book, A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow, is due to be released November 1, 2016.

Mike is AV® Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Articles, Interviews, and Published Works      
 Ø     Wrongful Termination (Untreed Reads 2014)  
Ø The Bequest (Stairway Press 2014
Ø    Rules of Privilege (Savant Books 2012)
Ø    Manifest Intent (Savant Books 2010)
Ø    Kanaka Blues (Savant Books 2010)
Ø    Call Me Lucky:  A Texan in Hollywood (University of Oklahoma Press 2009)
Ø        License to Steal:  Good Ideas, Bad Ideas, and Copyright Infringement (Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, Fall 2012)
Ø So You Want to Write a Novel? (Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, Fall 2012)

Ø        Lawyers:  A Morality Tale (in Six Acts)

Ø        Perspectives: Conference Etiquette – Agents Share Good and Bad Experiences, 2007 Guide Literary Agents 
            (Writers Digest Books 2007)
Ø        Interviewed in Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, by Les Edgerton (Writer’s
            Digest Books 2007)
Ø   Authors, Agents, and Publishers: Who, What, Where, When, and How, State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Entertainment Law
              Institute: Legal and Business Aspects of the Film and  Music Industries
Ø   Beyond Briefs: Other Forms of Fiction Writing For Lawyers, sponsored by Sports & Entertainment Law Section of Dallas  
            Bar Association
Ø   Insider’s Interview: Mike Farris of the Farris Literary Agency, Inc., by Lynne Marie Zerance of The Editorial Department,
Ø   Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades that Reshaped America, ghostwritten with Murphy Martin
            (Eakin Press 2003)

Ø   Master the Art: An Interview With Robert McKee

Ø   Co-authored Texas Construction Law, Federal Publications, Inc. 

Ø   Co-authored Defending Insurers and Their Agents, Advanced DTPA – Consumer Law Course, State Bar of Texas

Ø   Co-authored “Defending an Arnold Claim:  One Alternative—Separate Trials,” Vol. 13 Caveat Vendor, No. 2 (Consumer Law
            Section, State Bar of Texas)


Classes/Seminars Taught

Ø   Legal Issues in Sports and Entertainment Management, University of Dallas Sports and Entertainment Management MBA,
         Adjunct Professor

Ø   Member, University of Dallas Sports and Entertainment Advisory Board

Ø   Beyond Briefs: Other Forms of Fiction Writing For Lawyers, sponsored by Sports & Entertainment Law Section of Dallas Bar

Ø   Trial Advocacy, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Ø   Creative Writing, Richland College