I was born in Park Ridge, Illinois. During grade school and high school, I lived in the small town of Crete, Illinois. In my senior year of high school, I enlisted with the Illinois Army National Guard as a field artillery cannon crewmember. In August of 2001, I was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for basic and advanced individual training. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon happened during his training.

After completing training, I returned to Illinois and shortly afterwards, began attending school at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 2004, during my senior year at Illinois State University, my National Guard unit was activated by the Federal government to serve a tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We were cross trained as infantry mortar men before being sent to Iraq. I performed a variety of tasks while serving in Iraq including offensive and defensive combat operations.

I was awarded the Army’s Combat Infantry Badge for engaging with enemy and insurgent forces in Iraq. An Army Accommodation Medal was awarded to me for my assistance with training the Iraqi Army.


I returned home from Iraq in May of 2005. I then went on to complete my bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University and subsequently attended law school at Valparaiso School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana. While attending Valparaiso, I founded the law school’s first group for Veteran law students, The Military Veterans Law Association. I have spent a majority of my legal career assisting veterans with legal issues in both the public and private sectors.

My first job after law school was working with the national veteran disability firm of Bosley & Bratch in Marion, Indiana and Clearwater, Florida. There I handled hundreds of VA disability appeals at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. I subsequently became the Senior Staff Attorney of the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) at The John Marshall Law School.

The VLSC handles disability appeals, discharge upgrades, and veteran diversion court matters. Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School where I teach law students the substantive and practical aspects of veteran’s advocacy law. I am also a frequent presenter on veteran and military service-related topics.


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Illinois Honor 200

Illinois Honor 200 2018

The Bicentennial HONOR 200 campaign honors the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois.

AVVO Clients' Choice Award 2016

AVVO Clients’ Choice Award

I earned this award by receiving more than Five 4+ star reviews with AVVO.

Distinguished Service Award - Veterans of Foreign Wars

Distinguished Service Award

Veterans of Foreigns Wars honored me for the service I have done with Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic.


What people say about me.

I worked with Ed on the successful negotiation and closing of my first house. His background with the military and his understanding of VA legal issues was incredibly helpful, as I was using a VA loan, and he worked with me every step of the way. There were a number of items we needed to gain the seller’s agreement on and he navigated the whole process very effectively, resulting in a both a positive contract and ultimately a successful purchase that we were happy with. Highly recommend.

Ed Farmer is an extremely knowledgeable and detailed attorney. I have personally used him for real estate related needs and have known others whom have used him to help with their VA disability claim issues to success. Dealing with the VA can definitely be a time consuming nightmare. Ed knows the ins and outs of the system and how to get things done.

Mr Farmer worked with me on my appeal to the VA for spousal benefits. I had begun the process about 6 1/2 years prior to hearing about the Veterans clinic @ John Marshall Law School. Ed was very pleasant & helpful to me & the success of my appeal. My appeal was won 8 years after initiation. I would highly recommend Mr. Farmer to be hired for your legal needs.

Ed Farmer is one of the most effective attorney’s I have ever come across. He is an excellent communicator that displays patience and understanding. I never felt like I couldn’t contact him with a question or a concern. His attention to detail and thoughtfulness makes him a great lawyer.

Ed helped me receive VA compensation in a very reasonable time, especially since it was one of the slowest processing times in history. When he left the prior law firm he worked, no one else would help me further. Thanks for a good job Ed.

Ed helped me receive VA compensation in a very reasonable time, especially since it was one of the slowest processing times in history. When he left the prior law firm he worked, no one else would help me further. Thanks for a good job Ed.