Hugh W. Farrell

Hugh W. Farrell

Hugh began his legal career as an associate attorney with the civil litigation firm of Welch, Murphy & Welch in 1984. He founded the law firm of Hugh W. Farrell & Associates in May of 1991, which became Farrell & Gunderson in 2007. The firm focused on business law, employment law, and health care law. Hugh and his team joined Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC in 2018.

Hugh concentrates his practice in civil litigation and, in particular, in the defense of security services, medical malpractice cases, insurance defense and defense of employment wrongful termination claims. He possesses extensive experience in the areas of general negligence, business torts, employment wrongful termination claims, employment discrimination claims, institutional security claims, automobile accident claims, workers’ compensation claims, municipal liability claims, premises liability claims, insurance coverage declaratory judgment actions, products liability and in defending professional liability law suits brought against health care providers.

In addition to representing health care facilities in defense of medical negligence and other litigation matters, Hugh assists facilities in compliance matters, including preparing for review by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and drafting organizational policies, by-laws, and rules and regulations. He has represented hospitals before the probate division of the courts on intervention proceedings for appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated individuals.

Hugh has lectured staff physicians, resident physicians and the nursing staff on various subjects involving risk management. He has spoken before insurance company groups and claim association organizations on the subject of insurance coverage and legal claim issues. He’s given lectures to business and professional groups on risk management issues involving employment law, professional liability issues and general litigation. In addition, Hugh has presented courses and lectures to medical students, residents and other health care providers during their training period and at various medical schools and hospitals. Hugh has received the esteemed AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which reflects the evaluation of judges and other attorneys that his legal acumen is preeminent.

Supporting the various communities in which he lives and works is extremely important to Hugh. He has served as a court appointed mediator in the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  Hugh is also a trained facilitator by the ADR Committee of the Howard County Bar Association and volunteers his time to mediate cases before the District and Circuit Courts of Maryland.

In his spare time, Hugh enjoys playing golf. He and his wife enjoy spending weekends with family and friends.

Practice Groups

Areas of Focus


  • Mount St. Mary’s College, Maryland, B.A.
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • President of the Board of Directors, Governor Run Homeowner Association
  • Volunteer facilitator for the Howard County District Court
  • Court Mediator for the Howard County, Carroll Count and Montgomery County Circuit Courts
  • Member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Active member and annual CLE presenter for the D.C. Lawyer’s Association
  • Past member for ten years of the Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary Rector’s Council
  • Member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia Bar Associations
  • Member of the Defense Lawyers Research Institute


  • Voted among the “Best Lawyers In Washington, D.C.” by Washingtonian Magazine
  • D. C. Defense Lawyers Association 2010 Lawyer of the Year.”

Bar Admission

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia