Andrea C. Farneyfarney@triquetralaw.com (717) 299-6300
I represent workers and victims of civil rights violations. I work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Who is Andrea C. Farney?
Andrea was born in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1960s. Her mother and father moved to Rochester, NY shortly thereafter, and Andrea grew up in Rochester with her parents and older brother. She graduated from Pittsford-Mendon High School and the Eastman Preparatory School with a degree in Percussion in 1983. She attended her mother’s alma matter, Oberlin College, and while at Oberlin, Andrea majored in History with a focus on Latin American Studies. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and graduated with high honors. Andrea went on to obtain her juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, graduating cum laude in 1990. While at Michigan, she was a contributing editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Why did Andrea C. Farney decide to form Triquetra Law?
Andrea and her law partner, Sharon R. López, built a boutique, progressive, law firm based in Lancaster, PA, for the express purpose of advancing social change through civil rights representation.
Andrea started her legal career as a legal services attorney in Winona, Minnesota, a small town in southeastern Minnesota. As a legal services attorney, Andrea represented low-income individuals in family law matters with many situations involving domestic violence. In Winona, Andrea met Loretta Frederick who worked with the Battered Women’s Justice Project out of Minneapolis, MN (BWJP). BWJP is a national civil and criminal legal system resource center funded to provide training and technical assistance to legal system actors on domestic violence. Through Loretta, Andrea became more involved in the local Women’s Resource Center and the battered women’s movement. Seeking a change from direct representation work, Andrea moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1998 and joined the civil office of the BWJP which was part of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV). For the next seven years, Andrea worked as a lawyer in the domestic violence movement. Starting in 2003, Andrea began working as a policy analyst for PCADV’s National Resource Center on Domestic Violence which changed her legal system focus to economic justice work.
At PCADV, Andrea met her future law partner, Sharon López. Sharon worked at PCADV as the PA Senior Attorney which meant Sharon was the first line legal backup for lay advocates at community-based domestic violence programs in the 67 counties of Pennsylvania. Andrea began tracking U.S. Supreme Court cases directly impacting domestic violence, including attending oral argument at the Court in D.C. as an observer. In May 2000 the Supreme Court struck down a federal civil rights remedy to victims of gender-based violence in United States v. Morrison. Later that year, Andrea, following Sharon’s lead, stood outside the Supreme Court during the Gore v. Bush argument. The Supreme Court’s decision in that case determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in favor of George Bush.
Having shifted into economic justice work in 2005, Andrea attended an oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales. In that case, a local Colorado private civil rights attorney represented a mother of three children who had been killed by the mother’s ex-husband. The constitutional issues involved whether or not the Town of Castle Rock and the police department deprived the mother of her property interest in the Colorado court order she had obtained to protect her children. Realizing at the argument that the Court was going to eliminate procedural due process as a method of accountability for law enforcement taking seriously the woman’s court order, Andrea saw that she should use her legal skills on behalf of individuals fighting for their civil rights.
With employment such a key aspect for meeting basic human needs, Andrea and Sharon knew they should work as lawyers to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act and succeeding civil rights legislation meant to give workers a fair opportunity to earn a living without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, or disability. Additionally, they knew that more civil rights lawyers were needed to help individuals enforce their constitutional rights against abuse of power by the state.
With the blessing of their colleagues at PCADV, Andrea & Sharon left PCADV in 2006 to start their civil rights practice, where they both concentrate on employment law, civil rights, and appeals.
What areas does Andrea C. Farney practice in?
Andrea represents workers in a broad array of employment law cases such as: unemployment, harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, public employees, severance negotiations, disability or accommodation requests, retaliation, wage and hour, and family medical leave. Andrea also represents individuals with constitutional cases against state actors and law enforcement such as false arrest, excessive force, free speech, and retaliation. Andrea also handles appeals in various courts and agencies, including the UCBR, Commonwealth Court, Superior Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the PA and US Supreme Courts.
Andrea is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, including in the Eastern District and Middle District Federal Courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
What work is Andrea C. Farney doing within the legal profession?
Andrea focuses her bar work on diversity issues and improving representation for individuals with disabilities.
Andrea is a member of the Lancaster County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and also the Women’s Affinity Group. She is active in the Capital Area Managing Partner’s Summer 1L program, designed to provide qualified first-year law students the opportunity to work with Central PA law firms and earn a stipend. She is a past Chair of the LBA Labor Law & Employment Section.
At the state level, Andrea Chairs the PBA Legal Services to Person’s with Disabilities Committee and is a member of the Minority Bar Committee and the Women in the Profession. Andrea is active on the MBC’s Diversity Summit subcommittee, including co-chairing the planning committee for the MBC’s PBA Diversity Summit. Andrea is also PBA Diversity Team member, appointed as a representative from the Legal Services to Person’s with Disabilities Committee.
Andrea belongs to the national employment lawyers association (NELA), a bar for plaintiff’s employment law attorneys as well as the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), a bar group for lawyers representing individuals in police misconduct cases.
What legal work did Andrea C. Farney do before she started Triquetra Law with her colleague?
Before joining Triquetra Law in 2006, Andrea concentrated her efforts on advocacy strategies to further economic opportunity, resource enhancement and justice for battered women as a Policy Analyst with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). At the NRCDV from 2003 to 2006, Andrea developed special collections on economic policy issues for the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) and supported a growing national network of advocates striving to provide comprehensive solutions to domestic violence. From 1998 to 2003, Andrea held multiple positions within the Legal Department of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), including Managing Attorney, Senior Attorney and Counsel to the Civil Justice Center of the Battered Women’s Justice Project. As Managing Attorney of PCADV, Andrea managed the coalition’s legal offices in Harrisburg, PA and Washington, DC. In this position, Andrea supervised senior staff attorneys directing national civil justice work and Pennsylvania-based statewide legal advocacy. She also oversaw and gave technical assistance to criminal and civil legal system personnel, domestic violence advocates, and public policymakers on domestic violence and economic justice issues.
Andrea began her legal career in 1990 as a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) in Winona, Minnesota. For nearly eight years, Andrea practiced family law with an emphasis on domestic violence representation. Her primary work involved contested child support, custody, civil protection orders, divorce, paternity, and alimony cases. While at SMRLS, Andrea co-authored a state-wide form book for family law practitioners and developed legal curriculum for court-sponsored divorce education programs. Andrea also represented clients in Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income matters, as well as general consumer law. In 1993, Andrea received the Outstanding Volunteer Attorney award for Winona County, MN. Andrea was an elected attorney representative to SMRLS’ Sexual Harassment Committee and also served on SMRLS’ Diversity Committee.
What community work has Andrea C. Farney done?
Andrea is a current member of the Lancaster-branch NAACP. While living in Winona, Minnesota, Andrea was an active member of the local Women’s Resource Center, including serving on its Board and providing annual training to domestic violence legal advocates. Prior to starting Triquetra Law, Andrea played percussion with the Keystone Concert Band in Harrisburg, PA, where she met and married her loving and wonderful husband.