H. Bartow Farr*


Bartow’s practice focuses on Supreme Court and other appellate litigation. Bartow has argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court.

Following service as a law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, Bartow was a founding partner of the D.C. law firm Onek, Klein & Farr, described in a 1986 Washington Post article as “the hottest law firm in town.”

Bartow practiced at Onek, Klein & Farr and its successor firms, Klein, Farr, Smith & Taranto and Farr & Taranto from 1981 to 2013, specializing in cases before the Supreme Court. Before joining Clement & Murphy, Bartow was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis PPL and Bancroft PLLC.

Among the cases that Bartow has argued before the Supreme Court are Pennhurst State School v. Haldeman (Eleventh Amendment immunity); Browning Ferris v. Kelco (punitive damages); Masson v. New Yorker Magazine (First Amendment); Turner Broadcasting System v. FCC (First Amendment); Allied-Bruce Terminix v. Dobson (arbitration); PGA Tour v. Martin (Americans with Disabilities Act); Olympic Airways v. Husain (Warsaw Convention); Long Island Care at Home v. Coke (Fair Labor Standards Act); and, as a Court-appointed amicus curiae, NFIB v. Sebelius (Affordable Care Act/severability).

*Supervised by principals of the firm who are members of the Virginia bar.