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 writer, a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and 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), involving publishing rights to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, one of the most successful book franchises in publishing history. The lawsuit resulted in a plaintiff’s judgment in excess of $13.2 million. Mike collaborated with his client to write a book about the case, the award-winning Fifty Shades of Black & White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit behind a Publishing Phenomenon.
Mike is the author of Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga and A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow, both Hawaiian true crime, as well as a collaboration with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer/director Robert Hinkle on Hinkle’s memoir of his years in show business, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood.
In the world of fiction, he is the author of the novels Miles Apart, Something Unfortunate, Isle of Broken Dreams, The Bequest, Wrongful Termination, Kanaka Blues, Manifest Intent, Rules of Privilege, The Catch, and Every Pig Got a Saturday. Mike lives in Sunnyvale, Texas with his wife Susan.
His website: http://michaelfarris.net/