H. Bartow Farr


Bartow Farr is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. His practice focuses on Supreme Court and other appellate litigation. Mr. Farr 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, Mr. Farr 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.” Mr. Farr practiced at Onek, Klein & Farr and its successor firms, Klein, Farr, Smith & Taranto and Farr & Taranto from 1981 until 2013, specializing in cases before the Supreme Court. For the past three years Mr. Farr has maintained a solo practice at the Law Office of H. Bartow Farr.

Among the cases that Mr. Farr 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).

Mr. Farr graduated summa cum laude from the Arizona State University School of Law (now the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and received the John S. Armstrong Award, given by the law faculty to the student whose strong academic performance best mirrors the law school’s excellence and values. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University. Between college and law school Mr. Farr worked for three years at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York.