Peter S. Farrell is a litigator at Tamkin & Hochberg, LLP in Newton, Massachusetts. Peter has a diverse and varied litigation practice in state and federal courts. He is experienced at counseling businesses, individuals and families in a variety of matters where he leverages his advocacy skills to serve clients in business disputes, litigation, education matters, employment, probate (trusts and estates administration and fiduciary litigation), guardianship, conservatorship, insurance coverage, personal injury and consumer protection matters.
Peter is known for his education law practice, particularly focused on special education law, where he represents families of children with special needs in disputes surrounding the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans (“IEPs”), similar programs under §504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other education-related matters including bullying and harassment, cyberbullying, the prevalence of student use of social media and apps, privacy matters and technology issues, including assistive technology. His practice includes other areas of education and school law practice such as school discipline, attendance-related issues and residency. Peter is a frequent speaker and presenter on these topics and hosts webinars that are widely attended by parents, educators and administrators.
Peter received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School from the Evening Division where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and was selected as Research Assistant to the Honorable John E. Fenton, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law. Peter received the Harold B. Goodwin Scholarship for his focus and excellence in Trial Advocacy. Upon graduating from Suffolk Law, Peter served as Research Assistant to the Honorable Patti B. Saris, the Chief of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Peter is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is a Trustee of the South Shore Charter Public School and a member of the Board of Directors at the May Institute, a nonprofit and national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities, brain injury, neurobehavioral disorders and other special needs.
Peter is also a member of the University of Massachusetts Club, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association; having served as a member of the Board of Directors and is the founder of the UMass Legal Alumni Network, a professional group of UMass alumni connected to the practice of law. He is also active in Provisors, a national professional networking organization of senior-level trusted advisors.
Peter is a life-long resident of the South Shore where he lives with his wife and twin daughters.