Farmer Smith Lane LLP
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  • B.A., cum laude - University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970
  • J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, 1974

Bar/Court Admissions

All California Trial and Appellate Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Sixth Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Western District of Michigan.

Farmer Smith & Lane, LLP
3620 American River Drive
Suite 218
Sacramento, CA 95864

T: 916-679-6565
F: 916-679-6575
Craig E. Farmer  |  Partner

Mr. Farmer began his legal career in 1974 in Sacramento with the defense firm of Fitzwilliams, Memering, Stumbos & Demers. In 1975, he joined the Sacramento defense firm of Bolling, Pothoven, Walter & Gawthrop, later becoming Bolling, Walter & Gawthrop. He was a partner in that firm from 1978 to 1994, focusing on insurance law-related designer litigation and counseling. In 1994, Mr. Farmer founded Farmer & Murphy, expanding to Farmer, Murphy, Smith & Alliston in 2000. Mr. Farmer and Blane A. Smith and their associates continue their focused legal practice now as Farmer Smith & Lane, LLP, located in Sacramento.

Mr. Farmer has contributed to California’s insurance law through many published cases. He also serves as coverage and Board counsel to various school, community college and municipal agency-based California joint powers insurance authorities. On insurance related matters, Mr. Farmer has also provided expert consultation and testimony and he provides services on request as an arbitrator.

Litigation Experience and Practice 

Craig Farmer has over thirty years of service providing legal analysis, counseling, negotiation, litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution services to business, individual, insurer and joint powers clients. His expertise is in handling and trial of complex contract and tort disputes, insurance contracts of various types and public entity group self-insurance agreements. These cases frequently involve:

Liability and Property Policies of all types
Insurance Bad Faith and Punitive Damages
Public Entity Self-Insurance Coverage Disputes
Fraud, Rescission and Insurance Agent/Broker Error Liability
Insurance Coverage Reservation and Reimbursement Disputes
Personal Injury, . Property Damage and Contractual Claims of all kinds
Services as Independent Defense Counsel


In civil damages and insurance related lawsuits and trials through the years, Mr. Farmer has represented, among others:

Building Contractors
Commercial Apartment Owners and Managers
Small business owners
Insurance Companies
Insurance Agents & Brokers
Motor Vehicle Owners and Operators
Product Manufacturers

His cases have involved two party and multi-party, mass tort and class actions addressing insurance coverage and claims handling disputes, personal injury and property damage, premises and construction defects and products liability claims, mold, toxic and environmental contamination issues, punitive damages and statutory unfair competition and fraudulent business allegations, among others.

“AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Member – American Bar Association
Member – Defense Research Institute
Member – Association of Defense Counsel Northern California (Board 1999-2001)
Member – Sacramento County Bar Association

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