Hi, and welcome to my blog. My name is Michael Jordan, and I guess I should tell you a little about myself. First thing’s first; I am not the famous basketball player, although I did graduate from UNC in 1989 with a degree in journalism.
I have been happily married since March 6, 1993 to a wonderful woman and great friend. We are blessed with two terrific kids. We home schooled both until the Fall of 2011 when our daughter began high school at GRACE Christian School. Our son joined her at GRACE in 2012. In the Fall of 2015, our daughter began the next step in her journey, moving out to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (my alma mater). While my wife took the lead educating our children, I am a personal injury attorney; this simply means I help people who are hurt. I take a lot of pride in the fact that our firm (Law Offices of James Scott Farrin) works to make a positive difference in the lives of injury victims.
I grew up knowing I’d be either a pastor or an attorney. Both offered the chance to help others, and both required extensive knowledge and a commitment to lifelong learning. I have had the opportunity to speak from a pulpit once or twice, and I (along with anyone who was unfortunate enough to hear those sermons) can confidently say my calling – at least so far – is as an attorney rather than a pastor.
I am a lifelong resident of the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. My parents both grew up in eastern NC farming families, but they moved to Durham when Dad took a job at IBM just before I was born in 1966. I later graduated from Cary High, went to college at UNC, began work at IBM as well, and went to law school in the Evening Program at NC Central in Durham (graduating in 1993).
My wife and I met while I was in law school and she was finishing her degree in Public Health & Nutrition at Carolina. I finished law school as quickly as I could and then hung out my own shingle. That worked for about eight years, until I had a bad eye injury that caused me to shut down my law practice. We probably would have lost everything we had if our family had not stepped in to help us. After a period of prayer and reflection, I was blessed with an opportunity to join the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in March 2001. My injury became an opportunity in that it allowed me to better understand the frustration injury victims were trying to deal with.
I have been at JSF ever since and am a shareholder attorney in the firm. What we do is incredibly challenging, but it is even more rewarding to see the difference we can make for people. While at JSF, I have served in many public-service capacities; working mostly with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (where I served on the Board of Governors) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I have also been involved with the North Carolina Bar Association as well as some service opportunities at my church, and I am the author of a number of published legal articles and a chapter in the North Carolina Personal Injury Liens Manual.
This blog, however, is my personal blog. It is not a marketing scheme. It is not representative of the firm, nor does it necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else associated with the firm. It is simply an outlet for me to discuss miscellaneous thoughts in a way I enjoy. Although I may touch on legal issues from time to time, I focus on faith and family more than anything else.