Joseph Farnan Jr.
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Joseph J. Farnan, Jr.

919 North Market Street
12th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

phone 302-777-0321
fax 302-777-0301


Mr. Farnan's practice focuses on patent litigation and consulting, complex commercial matters, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also works with his sons on personal injury cases and recently obtained a seven figure jury verdict.

Additionally, Mr. Farnan serves as an arbitrator and mediator in complex disputes. For example, Mr. Farnan was first appointed to mediate and then chosen by the parties to arbitrate the dispute between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball, which resulted in the Dodgers being sold for over 2 billion dollars – the largest sum paid to date for a professional sports franchise in North America. Most of the other matters in which Mr. Farnan has served as a mediator or arbitrator are subject to confidentiality provisions.

Mr. Farnan served as a United States District Judge for the District of Delaware from 1985 to 2010. He served as Chief Judge from 1997-2001. During his tenure, Mr. Farnan presided over hundreds of bench and jury trials involving patents and complex commercial disputes. Representative civil cases presided over by Mr. Farnan while on the bench include:

In re Intel Corp Microprocessor Antitrust Litigation
Antitrust litigation reported as the largest antitrust case in U.S. history.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Shreveport v. Coca-Cola Co.
Bench trial concerning formulation and pricing of Diet Coke

Tracinda Corp. v. DaimlerChrysler AG
Bench trial involving validity of merger between Chrysler and Daimler-Benz AG

Pfizer, Inc. v. Ranbaxy Laboratories, Ltd.
Bench trial in ANDA case involving the $12 billion a year cholesterol reducing drug Lipitor®

Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. Extreme Networks, Inc.
Litigation involving patents for data networking technologies

Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Mr. Farnan was appointed to several positions in government, including United States Attorney for the District of Delaware from 1981 to 1985.