Rich has over 30 years’ experience in state and local tax controversy and planning. He leads the firms litigation practice.


Before joining the Firm, Rich was Chief of the Taxation Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for over twenty years. In that position, he was responsible for handling or supervising all state tax litigation at the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and all state and federal courts. He represented the Tax Commissioner in hundreds of cases before the Board of Tax Appeals and has extensive experience in appellate practice, having represented the State in over two hundred appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Courts of Appeals, as well as several appeals before the United States Supreme Court.


After leaving the Attorney General’s office, Rich was a member of a multistate law firm and practiced in the firm’s Multistate Tax Group.  Rich represented numerous large multistate and multinational corporations as well as high wealth individuals in tax planning and controversies.


Rich has a great deal of experience with​ the mediation programs of both 





the Board of Tax Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court, having represented the Tax Commissioner and Taxpayers in numerous mediation conferences before each tribunal.  He is also skilled in conducting settlement negotiations during tax audits and appeals.


Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Taxation Section, Rich served as Chief of the Charitable Law Section and the Criminal Activities Division of the Attorney General’s Office.

Contact Information

614-349-4811 (Direct)
​614-634-3130 (Mobile)
614-326-1120 (Office)


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1972)

  • Miami University, B.A. (1969)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

  • United States Supreme Court

Awards and Honors

  • Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the Court’s Committee to Review the Rules of Practice.

  • Professionalism award, Ohio Attorney General

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC
41 South High Street
Suite 3600
Columbus, OH 43215

Richard C. Farrin, JD


Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC

41 South High Street, Suite 3600
Columbus, Ohio 43215


855-770-1120 (toll free)

Fax: (614) 754-6368

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