Brian C. Farrell, Pennsylvania Employment Lawyer
Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
Mr. Farrell returns to the firm as a Partner after spending six years working for a prominent Philadelphia employment firm as a litigation associate. He is an experienced litigator and represents employees and employers in a wide range of employment law matters. As a highlight of his career, Mr. Farrell spearheaded the first-ever constitutional challenge to the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of a transgender client in the matter of Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail. In Blatt, a federal court ruled for the first time that transgender people are not categorically barred from seeking relief from discrimination under the ADA. Blatt marked the beginning of a new way forward toward securing legal protections for transgender people through disability rights law. Mr. Farrell’s success earned him Pennsylvania Rising Star designations in the area of Employment Litigation from 2018 to 2023.
Mr. Farrell obtained his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2010, and then his J.D.cum laude, from the Villanova University School of Law in 2014. While in law school, Mr. Farrell was a member of the National Trial Team and was awarded the ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law upon graduation. He has dedicated his career to all aspects of employment-related litigation, including claims under federal and state anti-discrimination laws and civil rights laws. Mr. Farrell has significant experience in representing both private sector and public sector employees and employers in employment and civil rights matters, and is experienced in complex litigation cases before various federal and state courts.
Mr. Farrell was born and raised in Suffolk County, New York. He has lived in the Philadelphia area with his family for almost 10 years.
- Wake Forest University, B.A. Mathematics and B.A. German with Honors, 2010;
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2014
- Selected to “Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars” list from 2018-2023
- Selected to “New Jerseys Rising Stars” list from 2020-2023
- Pennsylvania State Bar
- New Jersey State Bar
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Speaking Engagements and Publications:
“A Landmark Victory for Transgender Employees under the ADA” – Speaker, Employment Law Institute (2018) K. Barry, B. Farrell, N. Vanguri, J. Levi, A. Bare Desire to Harm: Transgender People and the Equal Protection Clause, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 507 (2016)