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 Order of the Coif. Now retired, Mike’s practice in Dallas included commercial litigation as well as entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries. He currently is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, teaching Constitutional Law and Entertainment Law.
Mike was lead counsel for the plaintiff in what has become known as the Fifty Shades of Grey lawsuit (Jennifer Lynn Pedroza v. Amanda M. Hayward and TWCS Operations Pty. Ltd. in the 153rd District Court in Tarrant County, Texas), which resulted in a plaintiff’s judgment in excess of $13.2 million. His book collaboration with his client about the case, Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit Behind a Publishing Phenomenon, was released in May of 2018.
Mike was the chair for 2017-2018 of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section and was past editor of the Section’s Entertainment and Sports Law Journal.
A multi-time published author of both fiction and non-fiction, Mike is the author of seven published novels: Isle of Broken Dreams, The Bequest, Wrongful Termination, Kanaka Blues, Manifest Intent, Rules of Privilege, and Every Pig Got a Saturday.
Books by Mike Farris from Bold Venture Press