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Biography - Judge Thomas O. Farrish

Judge Farrish was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on January 8, 2020.  He was raised in eastern Connecticut and served as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps before attending the University of Connecticut, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005.  While in law school, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Law Review.

After graduating from UConn Law, Judge Farrish joined Day Pitney LLP (then Day, Berry & Howard LLP) as an associate in the firm’s Hartford office.  He became a partner of the firm in 2013 and remained there for the rest of his private practice career.  While at Day Pitney, Judge Farrish handled a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes.  He also litigated several pro bono civil rights matters on behalf of indigent plaintiffs.  He received the District of Connecticut’s Pro Bono Award in 2014. 

Judge Farrish has been a member of the American, Connecticut, Hartford County and Tolland County Bar Associations, as well as the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court.  He served on the boards of trustees of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation.