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TESTIMONIALS

Eric Farris has been the counselor to the Bullitt County Board of Education for many years. As superintendent, I find his legal knowledge, prominence in the community, commitment to public education, and his extraordinary sense of good humor and wit invaluable in coping with the myriad of issues that confront our school district on a constant basis.

Keith Davis, Superintendent
Bullitt County Public Schools

I was facing serious criminal charges for something I didn't even do and was looking at 10-20 years in prison. Mr. Farris and his team went right to work. His personal advice helped keep us very confident of a great outcome. Mr. Farris kept in close touch throughout the whole ordeal and never made it difficult to reach him. In the end, both cases were dismissed with prejudice...and I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to have on my side.

W. Cochran

Sabert Corporation has enjoyed a relationship with Eric Farris and his law firm, Buckman and Farris for close to 4 years. His broad knowledge base of all the dynamics that drive business in Kentucky, proactive service orientation, sense of urgency, and business acumen has led us to rely on him for a great deal more than legal advice to support all our business activity in Kentucky. To that end, Eric Farris is not just Sabert Corporation's lawyer but our business partner in Kentucky. In effect, we rely on Eric to make our Company successful.

Albert Salama
President & Founder
Sabert Corporation
Sayreville, NJ

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Eric G. Farris

 

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FarrisWORK HISTORY

Senior Partner with 32 years experience.
efarris@buckmanfarrislaw.com

SCHOOL LAW

Counsel to Bullitt County Board of Education (current enrollment over 13.000 students) for over 27 years; services include drafting and implementing policies relating to students and certified/classified staff ; presenting charges against certified staff; defending special education plans; defending the board and superintendent in grievance and arbitration hearings under labor and construction contracts; advising the board and superintendent on day-to-day contract (including capital construction projects), personnel and pupil issues; serving as spokesperson to the print, radio and video media on delicate district issues.

Former Advisor to Jefferson County Head Start Policy Council (18 months).

Originated the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) “Legaline” in 1991 (an “800" telephone line providing legal advice and documents to the 26,000 KRTA members).

Presenter at School Law Seminars sponsored by NBI and KY Council of School Board Attorneys.

GOVERNMENT

Practice and appearances before the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Commission for Health Economics Control, Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Public Service Commission, Personnel Board, Underground Storage Tank Commission, Division of Air, Jefferson County Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Former Counsel to Bullitt County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment (4 years), City of Shepherdsville (4 years), Salt River Water District (3 years);Bullitt County Health Department (6 years).

Former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Bullitt County (1 year).

Served as Legal Intern to Kentucky State Police (1 year); responsibilities included review of legislation and drafting proposed administrative regulations.

GENERAL

Local Counsel to Sabert in establishing a one million square foot manufacturing and distribution plant.

Local insurance defense counsel for Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance
Company (Serving insureds in Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer and Shelby Counties for over 30 years).

Community relations and insurance defense as local counsel to Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc. following Shepherdsville train derailment of November, 1991.

Land Use, Zoning and Real Estate (representative clients include The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County and Stock Yards Bank and Trust Co.). Represented landowner in negotiation and sale of Walmart tract in Shepherdsville, KY.

President of the Board of Directors of the KY School Board Association.

Council of School Board Attorneys for 2017/2018.

Wills and Estates

General criminal and civil litigation.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor
University of Kentucky College of Law; awarded May, 1982.

Bachelor of Science in Police Administration
University of Louisville; awarded With High Honors, May 1979

High School
Bullitt Central High School; Co-Valedictorian, May 1975

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

Kentucky Bar Association 

Member in good standing 32 years.

Louisville Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors (1993/94); Chair, Solo/Small Firm Practitioner Section (1993/94); Member, Kentucky Lawyer Referral Service Review Committee (1993-1998)

Bullitt County Bar Association
Member; President 2004; Vice-President 2003, 2001, 2000

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Beargrass Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Matthews, KY

Elder (24 years), Board Chair (2011/2012), Board Vice Chair (2010/2011), Division Chair (7 years), Member of Senior Minister Search Committee (1993/94); Member of Associate Minister Search Committee (1998); Part-time adult and youth Sunday School leader


Wayside Christian Mission 

Former Legal representative on in-house grievance committee 


Board of Directors of Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc.

Founding Director and legal advisor to Foundation which raises money for grants to local public school teachers to enhance their curriculum offerings


Board of Directors of the Governor's Scholars Program

Currently serving as the Governor's appointee to the Board of Directors of the Governor's Scholars Program which was established to implement an enrichment program for academically gifted students to enhance the next generation of civic and economic leaders and create models of educational excellence for teachers and students.

 

PERSONAL

Married for over 31 years to the former Elaine Becker. Marc Farris, Eric's and Elaine's son, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2010. Marc is employed by Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman, LLP. He has Served as a clerk to the Hon. Faith Hochberg, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Marc now serves as a clerk to Hon. Patty Shwartz, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Marc and his wife, Niki Gupta, MD., reside in New York City. Eric and Elaine's daughter, Tracey, graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in May 2010 and secured her Masters of Science in Education from Northwestern University in 2013. While at Kenyon, she was captain of the women's soccer team, chair of the campus social board and a member of student council. Tracey now teaches at a charter school in Austin, Texas where she resides with her husband, Justin Wiesenfeld.

REFERENCES

Mr. Albert Salama, CEO
SABERT
879-899 Main St.
Sayreville, NJ 08872
732-721-5544

Mr. Frank Hatfield
Retired Supt. of Bullitt County Schools and
Retired Executive Director of the KY Retired Teachers Association
248 Lees Lane
Shepherdsville KY 40165
502-543-6298

Dr. Bob Wagoner, Executive Director
KY Retired Teachers Association
7505 Bardstown Road
Louisville KY 40291-3234
502-231-5802

Mr. Keith Davis, Superintendent
Bullitt County Board of Education
1040 Hwy 44E
Shepherdsville KY 40165

Buckman & Farris, PSC
193 South Buckman Street
Shepherdsville, KY 40165-0460
Phone: 502-955-7181
Fax: 502-543-7185

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