Mr. Scott A. Farrow

Mr. Scott A. Farrow: Attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner; Practice Group Leader at Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Bank of America Plaza, 600 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30308
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Scott is a partner with 25 years of experience in litigation. He is the Practice Group leader of the law firm's Product Liability Practice Group. He also handles business disputes. His specialties include personal injury and wrongful death actions, all types of product liability cases, contract disputes, property disputes with a focus on easements, and business torts such as fraud and conversion.

Representative Experience

Product Liability and Personal Injury (utility industry):

Defended numerous tort and product liability claims against the largest electric utility in Georgia for 25 years, including personal injury and wrongful death actions involving overhead lines, pad-mounted transformers, commercial panel boxes, and various other types of electrical equipment. This representation has included several published decisions and trials, including the following:

Preston v. Georgia Power Company - Summary judgment granted to Georgia Power in this case of first impression regarding the interpretation of Georgia's High-voltage Safety Act as amended in 1992. The plaintiff received severe electrical burns while working near a high-voltage line.

Jordan v. Georgia Power Company - Involved extensively in the preparation and successful trial of the second case to go to trial in the United States involving a claim that electromagnetic fields from power lines allegedly caused cancer. After three weeks of testimony, the jury returned a defense verdict. Through this representation, developed working knowledge of epidemiology and oncology.

David Burnett v. Georgia Power Company - Defense verdict granted in this jury trial (first chair) involving a worker who was severely burned when a dump truck contacted an overhead high-voltage line. This seven-day trial took place in the State Court of DeKalb County.

Other Product Liability:

Defended manufacturer of electrical cord against claims involving an alleged breakdown of plasticizer in the cord which in turn led to cracking of acrylic lenses used in high pressure sodium lights.

Defended large plumbing contractor in regard to the extensive failure of plastic nuts used to connect the water supply line with toilet bowls primarily installed in houses.

Defended large utility in fire allegedly caused by failure of underground power lines. This case involved issues regarding the breakdown and corrosion of metals placed underground.

Defended national manufacturer of overhead doors in cases regarding the alleged failure of its product. These cases have involved both design and manufacturing issues.

Defended pump manufacturer in a suit regarding the alleged failure of a rubber component in the pump.

Business Disputes:

Defended real estate developer in several contract disputes with investors.

Represented banks in cases regarding Article 9 issues, including irrevocable payment instructions.


Drafted legislation for Virginia electric utility in 2003 that extensively amended Virginia's current High Voltage Safety Act, codified at Va. Code Ann. § 59.1-406, et seq. This legislation became law on July 1, 2003.

Representative Cases

Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia v. Gold-Arrow Farms, Inc., 276 Ga. App. 862, 625 S.E.2d 57 (2005) (class action easement dispute).

Davis v. Williams Communications, Inc., 258 F. Supp. 2d 1348 (N.D. Ga. 2003)(class action easement dispute; represented CSX Transportation, Inc.).

Preston v. Georgia Power Company, 227 Ga. App. 449, 489 S.E.2d 573 (1997), cert. denied, 119 S. Ct. 163 (1998)(high voltage electrocution case).

AMLI Residential Properties, Inc. v. Georgia Power Company, 293 Ga. App. 358, 667 S.E.2d 150 (2008) (fire case involving spoliation of evidence issues).

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Georgia, "The Who, When, and Where of Depositions" (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).

Speaker, "Brief Writing," UGA School of Law (2006).

Program Co-Chair, ICLE Toxic Torts Seminar (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006).

Speaker, Civil Litigation for Younger Lawyers, "Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses" (2002).

Speaker, Georgia Products Liability Section Annual Seminar, "Negotiating and Settling A Products Case: Defendant's Perspective" (1999).

Other Distinctions

Named to September/October 2010 Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition.

Named to Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite in personal injury (2004-2011).

Achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2009-2014).

Named to the Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law (2012).

Selected as a Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense: Products by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2009-2010, 2012-2013).

Scott Farrow was selected for inclusion in the 2009 and 2010 Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition for his work in Personal Injury Defense: Products.

Work Experience

Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1995-present
Practice Group Leader, Products Liability

Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1986-1994


· State Bar of Georgia

· Atlanta Bar Association

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Product Liability
  • Energy & Energy-Related Practices
  • Business Litigation
  • Tort & Insurance Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
804-396-2295  Phone
(404) 885-3000  Phone
(404) 885-3900  Fax
University Attended:
Auburn University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982; Best Brief Award, first year class, Winner of Talmadge Moot Court Competition, American Jurisprudence Award
Law School Attended:
University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, 1986; Georgia Law Review, Editorial Board, 1984-1985
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Supreme Court of Georgia; 1986, Georgia; Georgia Court of Appeals
Atlanta Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia.

Birth Information:
Denver, Colorado, 1960

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (14 reviews)
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