Downtown Durham Gets 20 Trees from Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to Honor Firm’s 20th Year

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James Scott Farrin employees and other volunteers came out to Burch Avenue Park in downtown Durham to plant 20 Ginkgo trees along Burch Avenue and Wilkerson Street to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

Employees of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and others came out to Burch Avenue Park in downtown Durham to plant 20 six-foot-tall Ginkgo trees to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the personal injury law firm.

The trees were planted on Burch Avenue near the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Emily Kryzewski Family Life Center.

Volunteers included the Tree Keepers, staff from Keep Durham Beautiful, and the City of Durham, as well as President and Founder, James S. Farrin and several law firm employees. Farrin was presented with the first tree.

“These trees symbolize our roots in Durham and the growth we have enjoyed, as well as our commitment to a greener future,” Farrin said.

Since its inception in 1997, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has recovered in excess of $700 million* for more than 30,000 clients in North Carolina. Plus, the firm helped lead a team of law firms in obtaining a historic $1.25 billion settlement* for 18,400 claimants who were discriminated against by the United States government.

The firm embraces and promotes ample opportunities for social and community involvement among its employees. Environmental friendliness has become a large part of this community effort. So when the 20th anniversary celebration was being discussed, it came naturally to firm employees to give back to the community in a very environmentally friendly and long-lasting way. Plant 20 large trees in downtown Durham – where the firm (among the largest in North Carolina) has had its roots since 1997. The firm donated funds to Keep Durham Beautiful who purchased the 20 Ginkgo trees from Tree Keepers.

Their environmental “Green Team” has a very large representation with about 50 employees strong. In one of the team’s first efforts, they stopped using Styrofoam cups in all state-wide offices. They estimate they have saved the planet from 27,000 cups in just two years – an amount as tall as 10 Eifel Towers by their estimation.

According to the firm, employees also try to be aware of paper usage, which can be difficult for a law firm. They have reduced paper consumption by transitioning some of their more paper-focused firm processes to electronic communications and they say they are making strides in these efforts. Other pro-environmental efforts include:

  • Organizing the firm’s first annual Earth Day event at the American Tobacco Campus, where more than 200 people and 11 eco-minded businesses and non-profits attended.
  • Adopting easier, more efficient, and more user-friendly recycling stations.
  • Composting food waste and coffee grounds. The firm estimates that over 500 lbs. of food waste has been diverted away from the landfill since they began composting a few months ago. Compost Now (the company they use to compost) said the firm has avoided releasing 68 lbs. of methane from entering the atmosphere which is equivalent to taking a car off the road for almost 3,000 miles.
  • Adopting a one-mile stretch of Walnut Creek Trail in Raleigh for regular clean ups, and promoting environmental clean-up outings for employees and their families.
  • Promoting alternative transportation among employees to help reduce carbon emissions.
  • Using a car fleet with an EcoBoost option to help reduce carbon emissions.
  • Shredding documents through a service that recycles.

Visit James Scott Farrin Facebook for photos of the James Scott Farrin 20th anniversary tree planting in downtown Durham.

*Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin led a team of firms to recover $1.25 billion for African-American farmers from the U. S. government for discrimination.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 13 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. The firm’s 44 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts, and Products Liability. Seven of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.

Contact Information:
David Chamberlin
280 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701

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