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Tuesday, February 19th at 7 PM


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About Mike Farris –

Author of Fiction and Non-Fiction – Copyrights Rights Counselor

Past DSA President

Attorney/writer Mike Farris was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the recent Fifty Shades of Grey litigation in Fort Worth, involving royalty rights, that resulted in a $13.25 million judgment in favor of his client.  His nonfiction collaboration with his client to tell the story of that case, Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit Behind a Publishing Phenomenon (Stairway Press 2018), is an Amazon bestseller and winner of the American Book Fest’s Best Book Award in the category of Law.

As an entertainment attorney, Mike has been heavily involved in negotiating film rights agreements, including negotiating the sale of film rights to the non-fiction The Free State of Jones for his client, University of North Carolina Press, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and directed by multi-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross. Film rights to Mike’s Hawaiian true crime book, the Amazon bestselling A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow (Skyhorse Publishing 2016)  have been optioned by Aaron and Jordan Kandell, two of the writers on the Disney hit Moana and writers/co-producers of the feature film Adrift.

Mike’s most recent true crime book, Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of

Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga (Untreed Reads 2018), was released in 2018.  Also in the world of non-fiction, Mike collaborated with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor-producer Robert Hinkle to write Bob’s memoir of his years in show business, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood (University of Oklahoma Press 2009).  In the world of fiction, Mike is the author of seven published novels, including thrillers such as The Bequest and Manifest Intent, and the Hawaiian historical fiction Isle of Broken Dreams.

Now retired from law practice, in addition to writing, Mike is a book reviewer

for the New York Journal of Books and is an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Texas at Arlington.