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Practice Areas

Class Action

Equine Law

Education

J.D., University of Missouri,
Kansas City School of Law

B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia

Bar Admissions

Oregon Supreme Court

United States District Court,
District of Oregon

Missouri Supreme Court

United States District Court,
Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri

Kansas Supreme Court

United States District Court,
District of Kansas

California Supreme Court

United States District Court,
Southern, Northern, Central
and Eastern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Oregon State Bar House of Delegates

Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association

Oregon Women Lawyers

Tonna K. Farrar, Associate
Tel: (503) 487-6352
Fax: (602) 274-1199
tfarrar@bffb.com
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Support Staff: Patricia R. Aquilino (602)776-5944


Tonna Farrar is a member of the firm's class action, securities fraud, and consumer fraud practice groups. She is admitted to practice in the California Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern District Courts of California, the Kansas Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Eastern and Western United States District Courts of Missouri, the Oregon Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. She has attained the highest rating, “AV”, from Martindale-Hubbell.

Her practice is devoted primarily to litigation of major class action cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Ms. Farrar has focused on representing consumers who have been injured by anti-competitive, deceptive, or fraudulent conduct. She has extensive experience prosecuting cases against major insurance companies in both state and federal court, and was heavily involved in the firm’s work in In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, Senior Annuities Litigation and Unlawful Rescission/Postclaims Underwriting Litigation. She has also extensively litigated breach of fiduciary duty and trust cases, deceptive insurance sales practices cases, consumer protection cases, elder law and other complex commercial litigation. Ms. Farrar also assists small business owners with their legal needs, including contract drafting and negotiation, transactional assistance, corporate formation and litigation matters.

As a result of her extensive experience and involvement in the horse industry, Ms. Farrar also practices in the area of Equine Law, which encompasses litigation, veterinary malpractice, administrative law, consumer protection and contract negotiation matters affecting horse owners, exhibitors, breeders and veterinarians. Her experience also includes representing individuals before sanctioning bodies of the equine industry, including the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association and the Kansas Racing Commission.

Ms. Farrar received her J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law in 1997, where she received recognition on the Dean's List Honor Roll. Ms. Farrar was the Research Editor of The Urban Lawyer, a highly-circulated American Bar Association publication on state and local government law. She co-authored "The Return to State Autonomy: The Eleventh Amendment and Other Key Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and Lower Courts Affecting State and Local Government," 28 Urb.Law. 563, 1995-1996. Ms. Farrar was also a Moot Court Team Scholarship Award Recipient and member of the U.M.K.C. National Moot Court Team. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

She is a member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates, the Oregon Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Oregon Women Lawyers and the ABA Section of Litigation. Ms. Farrar is currently serving on the ABA Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee as Chair of the Roundtable Committee and Chair of the Insurance Class Action Subcommitee. She is a former Co-Chair of the CADS Section Annual Conference Expo Committee.

Ms. Farrar has lectured at numerous equine and continuing legal education programs, including Equitana USA and the 2004 National Equine Law Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky. She is an accomplished competitor in American Quarter Horse Association horse shows, having received numerous Top Ten awards at the World Championships and was ranked Second in the Nation (Reserve Honor Roll Champion) with her show horse in 2004. She is currently active in the dressage industry as an owner, breeder and competitor with her Friesian stallion and was 2013 Reserve National Champion for the United States Dressage Foundation All-Breeds Award, Friesian, Training Level.

She resides in Newberg, Oregon.

Representative cases include:

Jennifer W. Horton and Thomas Jones, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. WellPoint Inc. et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court: Ms. Farrar was appointed co-lead class counsel, ultimately reaching settlement valued at $7.5 million on behalf of insureds whose health insurance had been allegedly improperly rescinded, as well as the ability for the insureds to obtain prospective coverage.

A1 v. Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, King County, Washington Superior Court: Ms. Farrar was appointed co-lead class counsel, ultimately settling the matter recovering $1.150 million on behalf of beneficiaries of the Washington Builders Benefit Trust.

ReSources for Sustainable Communities v. Building Industry Association of Washington, et al. and Peak Enterprises, Inc. v. Washington Builders Benefit Trust, et al., Superior Court of Washington, Thurston County: Ms. Farrar was appointed co-lead class counsel, ultimately settling the matter recovering $4.50 million on behalf of beneficiaries of the Washington Builders Benefit Trust and procuring agreed injunctive relief impacting administration of the trust.

Negrete and Ow v. Allianz, United States District Court for the Central District of California: Ms. Farrar, along with a team of other attorneys represent a certified class of more than 230,000 senior citizens who were allegedly improperly targeted and sold unsuitable annuities. Settlement has been tentatively reached in this matter.

Cunningham v. Multnomah County, United States District Court for the District of Oregon: Ms. Farrar has been appointed co-lead class counsel for a certified class of inmates who allege they have been subjected to daily unlawful mass strip searches.