Big Spring High School graduate April L. Farris is one of five appellate attorneys under 40 recently honored as Rising Stars by Law360, a subscription-based legal news service.
In 2019, Farris, helped IBM, the American international technology company, avoid paying an extra $26 million in damages in a contract dispute with Jewelry Television by persuading the Sixth Circuit to accept her interpretation of a confusing set of jury notes.
Farris took concurrent Howard college courses while at BSHS and graduated in 2002. She went on to graduate from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2006 and later graduated from Harvard Law in 2009.
Initially, Farris had planned to become a journalist. She told KBest News that while in high school, she spent a summer working for the Big Spring Herald and fell in love with telling other people's stories. She was also the editor-in-chief of the BSHS school newspaper.
"Back in the day, it was so different. We used to have to print out our stories. Then we would use little X-ACTO knives [to] cut the text, [then] glue it down and actually send it off somewhere to have hardcopies made of the newspaper," laughed Farris. "It was a very different era even though that was less than 20 years ago," she continued.
Later, Farris found she could still tell other people's stories while practicing law.
"In law you go through the same process," she said. "You do your research and then you sit down with your pencil and paper and you start to tell your client's story. Instead of an audience of, maybe, thousands of readers, you're focusing on one judge in the trial courts or maybe a panel of three or nine judges in a court of appeals. You're doing the same thing, telling a story, it's just in front of a different audience."
When asked how she felt to be recognized as one of the five Rising Stars by Law360, Farris stated that she was humbled and grateful for the recognition.
"It was a really special thing to get to see and I'm just honored to get to serve my clients and be a part of a wonderful law firm," answered Farris.
Currently, Farris is a partner with Yetter Coleman LLP in Houston, Texas. She's been with the law firm for an approximate combined total of seven years.