James Scott Farrin Attorney Appointed to North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

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Matthew Harbin, an attorney in the Workers’ Compensation Department at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, has recently been appointed by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue to a two-and-a-half year term on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

“It is an honor to be asked and certainly an opportunity to help the community. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add something that will be of benefit to the State of North Carolina,” said Attorney Matthew Harbin, with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

Matthew Harbin, an attorney in the Workers’ Compensation Department at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, has recently been appointed by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue to a two-and-a-half year term on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

The Commission has the authority to adopt, amend and repeal rules to be used in the implementation of state and local mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse service programs across the state, among other duties. Matthew Harbin was selected to fill a slot designated for an attorney with administrative law experience.

“It is an honor to be asked and certainly an opportunity to help the community. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add something that will be of benefit to the State of North Carolina,” he said.

Matthew Harbin joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2003 and became a shareholder in 2008. He is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Such attorneys are certified by the North Carolina State Bar as having special knowledge and proficiency in Workers’ Compensation law.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Special Deputy Commissioner to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which rules on and administers the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. In that position, Matthew Harbin was responsible for deciding whether injured workers should continue to receive benefits, reviewed whether settlement agreements were appropriate and decided disputes regarding necessary medical treatments.

“My administrative experience allows me to understand the role of the Governor’s Commission, and write clear rules that people can understand and follow,” he says.

Matthew Harbin received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and his BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a member of two national organizations –the American Association for Justice and the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, as well as the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

The North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, located within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, was created in 1973 as part of the Executive Organization Act. Its duties are set forth in North Carolina General Statutes Sections 143B-147.

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Founded: 1997 by James S. Farrin, Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1990) in Durham

Number of employees: Approximately 130, including 25 attorneys. Approximately 20 staff members are fluently bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.

Offices: 13 statewide, including Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson

Major practice areas: Personal Injury, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation

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Presently leading one of the largest civil rights cases in United States history: In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.), which deals with the United States Department of Agriculture’s discrimination against African-American farmers.

The firm's many philanthropic pursuits include Duke Children's Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The firm has a matching-gift program wherein it matches an employee's philanthropic contributions.

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