Meet Jim Farley

As a former practicing attorney for nearly thirty-five years, an executive with broad commercial experience, as well as a committed community activist throughout my adolescent and adult life, I have learned the importance of sustained learning, deliberate planning and organizational capacity and governance. From a diverse background in the public and private sectors, I have gained a deep appreciation of the value of planning as a predicate to success. I have been honored to be A-V rated by Martindale-Hubbell -- the highest rating by my peers from the time-honored legal referral source.

During my more than three decades of law practice and business management, I have advised business owners, financial institutions, real estate investors and developers, property management firms, and professionals of many licensed disciplines on the choice and organization of appropriate legal structures. I provided legal counseling on business transactional strategies, management modalities, employment matters, project financing, secured transactions, and strategic ventures. I have documented a wide variety of transactions in all of these areas of the law.

Over the years, I focused much of my practice on the acquisition, formation, operation and disposition of business entities. I represented sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, associations and corporations in a range of business sectors, including nonprofit organizations. My practice emphasized tax planning and analysis. I also provided estate planning services to many of my business clients.

Beginning my practice as an associate in the Financing and Tax Division of Atlantic Richfield Company, I gained extensive experience handling significant income, sales, excise and employment tax issues. As managing partner of major law firms for more nearly a decade, as a principal shareholder and General Counsel of a corporation that owned and operated an off-shore manufacturing facility in Mexico (a "Maquiladora"), and as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a food-related retail enterprise in San Diego County employing over 250 people, I provided a practical hands-on perspective to day-to-day business operations for all of my clients.

I have enjoyed my substantial involvement and experience in the organization, development and management of nonprofit organizations. From my early youth, I have been actively engaged in community service. I support the notion that graduation from public high schools should include a required element of community service. I am an alumnus of California State University San Marcos' Leadership North County, a comprehensive leadership program that fosters the growth of community leaders who will serve as catalysts in building a stronger region. Leadership North County aims to impact the region’s development by preparing an active network of exceptional leaders with diverse backgrounds. I am also a 1991 graduate of LEAD San Diego, a national program for development of community leaders. I served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Hebrew Homes, a Section 501(c)(3) organization for twelve years. I was the President of this Board of Directors from July 1993 through June 1995. I served as the President of The Board of Trustees of the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation (doing business as, San Diego Botanic Garden) for four years, 1998 through 2002, and continue to serve as one of a number of community advocates committed to the vision that San Diego Botanic Garden should be widely recognized and profoundly regarded as a highly prized and integral component of community life in the Southern California region … rather than a place where people grow plants, a place where plants grow people.

I have served on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Community Advisory Board since 2006.

In 2007, I became a Founding Member of Endow Carlsbad (now known as the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation), an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation. In this effort, community leaders throughout Carlsbad are partnering with The San Diego Foundation. to create and sustain an endowment to serve the community of Carlsbad. From February 2008 to 2011, I served as a member of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors.

In November 2007, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Leichtag Foundation (formerly known as Leichtag Family Foundation), an independent private foundation (having served as its General Counsel since 1995), and was appointed to serve as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

In 2011, I was elected to the Board of Directors of Jewish Funders Network, an international organization dedicated to advancing the quality and growth of Jewish philanthropy. During the 1980s, I served as a member Budget Review Committee for the San Dieguito Union High School District. During that period, I provided pro-bono legal services to the Torrey Pines High School Foundation, the Mustang Education Foundation (San Dieguito Academy), and the La Costa Canyon High School Foundation in organizing these entities and obtaining their respective tax exemptions as Section 501(c)(3) organizations.

I was born in Hollywood, California, April 17, 1949. I am a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (A.B. 1971), where I was a member of Blue Key; California Western School of Law (J.D. 1974), where I was a member of Phi Delta Phi; and New York University (LL.M in Taxation, 1975). I attended Stanford University as a college freshman, before transferring to UCLA. I was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975, where, in 2012, my status became Inactive.

As a law student I was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Awards on Estate and Gift Taxation and Conflict of Laws.

I met Judy Golum Farley at UCLA in 1968 and we have been married since June 12, 1971. We have lived in Carlsbad, California since 1978. Our son, Ben, is a graduate of California State University at San Marcos, with an undergraduate degree in Business. He and Christeen Medina were married on June 7, 2008. They have a son, Joseph Benjamin (“J.B.”) who was born on May 1, 2010. On July 3, 2003, our daughter, Azriela, a fourth-generation UCLA Bruin, married Daniel Jankovic, a Houstonian and graduate of cross-town-rival, USC. On September 4, 2004, Daniel and Azriela gave birth to their daughter, Hana Aliya, our first grandchild. Their daughter, Chaya Emuna ("Emmy"), was born on August 15, 2008 and their son, Abie was born on April 13, 2010. Following in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps, Azriela pursued a career in education and has her Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Daniel is a successful cinematic video artist and the founder of Jankovic Productions and Famedia, which provides video production services for enterprise, non-profit organizations and retail clients.

I am an avid gardener and enjoy my associations as a card-carrying member of the Benefactor Society of Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation, a Life Member of the San Diego Horticultural Society, the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, and the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society.