William Farmer is a member of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, where his practice emphasizes commercial, tort, probate and criminal litigation, land condemnation matters, and attorney discipline matters. Before joining the firm, Professor Farmer was a member of the Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis litigation practice group, where his trial and appellate practice included general civil and criminal litigation, toxic tort and environmental litigation. Professor Farmer was an assistant U.S. attorney from 1974 to 1978. He served as the first federal public defender for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1978 to 1984, and he was an Advocate General for the State of Tennessee from 1984 to 1986, after which he entered private practice. Professor Farmer served on the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission from 1994 to 2009. He teaches Trial Advocacy.