Tom Farrell is one of Hawaii’s preeminent Family Law litigators with over thirty-five (35) years of experience. Tom is the only Family Law Specialist in Hawaii certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he is widely regarded as one of Hawaii’s top trial attorneys. In 2009, Tom was named to the inaugural class of Hawaii Super Lawyers. He is a Punahou graduate, class of 1974.
Tom began his legal career as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii, representing the Child Support Enforcement Agency, the State’s welfare and Medicaid programs, and the State prison system. His practice included Federal civil rights, elder abuse and neglect, criminal prosecution, and appellate matters. Tom drafted the legislation that became Hawaii’s Adult Protective Services Act, and he wrote an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 26 states in a successful U.S. Supreme Court case involving welfare benefits.
Tom began practicing Family Law in 1995 with the firm of Coates & Frey, where he quickly rose to Senior Counsel. In 2007, Tom began his own firm, which has evolved into Farrell & Perrault, which employs five (5) full-time attorneys and is one of Hawaii’s top Family Law practices.
Concurrent with his legal career, Tom served as an intelligence officer with U.S. Army Reserve. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006 and retired as a Colonel after 29 years of service. His military service has made Tom one of the few attorneys in Hawaii qualified to represent service members and Federal employees facing the revocation or denial of security clearances.
Tom is an active member of multiple community organizations, including Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH), where he served as a board member. He regularly writes op-ed pieces for the Honolulu Star Advertiser and speaks on issues of national security and defense. He makes his home in Kalihi Valley with his wife of over 30 years and several well-fed cats.