David J. Farber


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David Farber

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David Farber brings together the best of King & Spalding’s knowledge, combining his experience in both litigation and public policy to solve client needs. Having been trained as a litigator, Mr. Farber maintains a strong complex multiparty litigation practice, including serving as first chair in health care litigation, False Claims Act cases, and other commercial disputes.  Mr. Farber also maintains a strong government advocacy practice before both the Congress and federal agencies, and has drafted and had passed legislation, as well as influenced and changed Agency policies, principally in the health care and insurance fields.

In his litigation practice, Mr. Farber began his career working on environmental and health and safety cases, including complex insurance coverage and trade secret matters. He has tried over 20 cases, ranging from expedited administrative law judge trials to a recent five-day broker malpractice case. He has also litigated False Claims Act and Trade Secret litigations. Mr. Farber has recently been involved in several international disputes, including international arbitrations and related litigation. 

On the advocacy side, Mr. Farber’s work focuses on the health care and insurance industries. Clients often turn to him as the primary strategist and policy architect for a broad range of matters. Working with the Congress, the Executive (with particular focus on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Food and Drug Administration) and academia, he has successfully guided clients through the legislative enactment and the regulatory promulgation processes.  He drafted, and had enacted, the SMART Act of 2012, which was the first major reform of the Medicare Secondary Payer system in over 30 years.

Mr. Farber excels at combining innovative legislative advocacy, regulatory change and litigation to help clients achieve solutions. His clients often comment on the unexpected and quick manner in which Mr. Farber is able to resolve disputes and obtain outcomes, using a combination of skills usually found across multiple specialists.

Finally, Mr. Farber has worked on a broad range of other client needs, ranging from representation of an international agricultural biotech foundation that has received the largest Gates grant given to an African entity, to his service as personal counsel to Secretary Jack Kemp from 1992 through his passing in 2009.

Recent Publications

  • “Risk Managers Face New Liabilities in Web of Medical Payment Rules,” Business Insurance (July 2016)

  • “Full Speed Ahead: FDA’s Expedited Access Pathway,” MedTech World, Medical Device Diagnostic Industry (July 2015)

  • “How State Right-To-Try Laws Create False Expectations,” Health Affairs Blog (May 2015) (co-author)

  • “Individual Compassionate Use: Concerns for Drug Manufacturers Considering Participation,” Wolters Kluwer Law & Business White Paper (April 2015)

  • “FDA Makes Expanded Access Applications Easier As Industry Lawyers Urge Caution,” Pharma & Medtech Business Intelligence, The Pink Sheet DAILY (February  2015)

  • “20 States May Legislate “Right to Try” This Year,” PharmExec.com (January 2015)

  • “Does ACA Meet Expectations for Pharmacies?” Chain Drug Review (December 2014) (co-author)

  • “Snapshot: The ACA Exchange Today,” PM360 (October 2014) (co-author)

  • “How the 2014 Part D Final Rule Threatens to Unsettle the Medicare Prescription Benefit,” American Bar Association, Health eSource Vol. 10, No. 12 (August 2014)

  • “CMS Proposal Leaves Part D Protected Class Unprotected,” Law360 (February 2014)

  • “The Fallout of the Budget Agreement and Other 2013 Pharma Surprises from Washington” PM360 (January 2014) (co-author)

  • “Medicaid Secondary Payer Changes Are Self-Defeating,” Law 360 (January 2014)

  • “The ACA Exchanges: Are Your Medications Really “Essential”? PM360 (September 2013) (co-author)

  • “A Broken Promise For Pharma Manufacturers,” Law360 (September 2013)

  • “CMS Medicaid Rule Greatly Restricts 2014 Mandatory Prescription Drug Coverage For “Expansion Population”” Health Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 11:32 (August 2013) (co-author)

  • “How Congressional Staff Can Keep Their Healthcare Coverage,” The Hills Congress Blog (August  2013)

  • “Integrating Legislative Strategy into Brand Strategy,” PM360 (February 2013) (co-author)

  • “Odd Allies in Medicare Fight,” National Law Journal (August 2011) (quoted)

  • “New Medicare Secondary Payer Legislation – A Win For Beneficiaries And The Medicare Trust Fund,” WorkersCompensation.com (April 2011)

  • “Medicare Secondary Payer, The Law of Unintended Consequences, and a Call for Reform,” BNA Medicare Report, Vol. 22:3 (January 2011) (co-author)

  • “Your Social Security Number or Your Money: Medicare Secondary Payer, the Law of Unintended Consequences, and a Call for Reform” - The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (January 2011)

  • “Don't Split It: Pill Splitting in Federal Health Care Programs,” BNA Medicare Report, Vol. 17 no. 5 February 2006

  • “Allocation in New Jersey – Too Many Open Questions Demand an Old Solution,” 13 Mealey's Lit. Rpt: Insurance 14 (February 1999)

  • “Determination on Silica May Expose Flaw in Rule,” National Law Journal (March 1997)    


  • “The New FDA Approach for Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs,” (for King & Spalding FDA & Life Sciences Roundtable), July 2016

  • “Six Years In: The Affordable Care Act, the Exchange Plans, and the Controversy,” Webinar, PLI  July 2016

  • “MSP Panel Discussion,” RIMS on the Hill, June 2016

  • “Health Care Law Institute 2015: Emerging Challenges and Trends in Reimbursement, Enforcement and Other Hot Topics, ” November 2015

  • “Value-Based Pricing for Prescription Drugs: Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Possibilities,” 8th Annual King & Spalding Pharmaceutical University, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015

  • “The ACA’s Cadillac Tax: Impact and Outlook,”  Webinar, PLI, November 2015

  • “Weigh Uncertainty Of EAP Process Before Diving In, Experts Say,” Podcast, The Gray Sheet, July 2015

  • “King v. Burwell: Analysis and Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision,”  Practicing Law Institute, July 2015

  • “Navigating the Expedited Access Pathway: A New Program for Medical Devices,” (for King & Spalding FDA & Life Sciences Roundtable),  June 2015

  • Congressional Briefing – The Impact of Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Requirements on Settlement (for the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus), May 2015

  • Regulatory Acceleration and Healthcare Innovation, Presentation before the American Heart Association Innovation/Investment Forum, New York City, April 2015

  • “The Challenges of Compassion: The Future of Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs,”(King & Spalding e-LEARN),  January 2015

  • “How Secondary Payer Issues Will Be Driving Settlements and Claim Resolution; The Medicare Secondary Payer SUPER Roundtable: Controversial Perspectives and Viewpoints from the Secondary Payer Stakeholder Community,” Workers Compensation Institute, August 2014

  • “Shifting Dynamics Within the Medicare Part D Marketplace –What Does It All Mean for Rebates, Chargebacks, Discounts and Contracting,” CBI Conference, June 2014

  • “Current Status and Future Prospects of the Affordable Care Act,” (for King & Spalding Health Law & Policy Conference), March 2014

  • “MSP, the MMSEA, MSAs, CPLs and the SMART Act,” (Georgia State Bar Product Liability Seminar), February 2014

  • Congressional Briefing – Medicare Secondary Payer (for the Congressional Civil Justice Reform Caucus), April 2013

  • “MSP – Proposed Reforms and Emerging Trends,” RIMS, April 2012

  • “Medicare Secondary Payer, Issue, Problems and Reforms,” NASCO, March 2012

  • “Medicare Secondary Payer: A Year of Interesting Cases and Legislation,” Perrin MSP Conference, December 2010

  • “Medicare Secondary Payer: Navigating the Battlefield,” National League of Cities RISC Conference, October 2010

  • “Medicare Secondary Payer: How Does It Work For Liability Claims,” Webinar, Perrin Conferences, October 2010

  • “Health Care Reform: What Next?” National Refractories Institute, October 2010

  • “Biologics in the United States, Good News, Bad News and the Emerging Regulatory Landscape,” World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, August 2010

  • “MSP Update,” GenRe Medicare Secondary Payer Act Conference, General Reinsurance Company, June 2010

  • “The Medicare Threat, It's Not Coming, It's Here!,” WPPC/CPPC Annual Meeting, June 2010

  • “The MSPEA, Politics and Process,” RIMS on the Hill, June 2010

  • “From the Hill: Biosimilars Legislative Perspectives,” CBI Summit on Biosimilars and Follow On Biologics, March 2010

  • “Health Care Reform – What Can Bio Expect in the Coming Months,” BioNJ, September 2009

  • “The Future of Healthcare: Unique Perspectives from the Investor and Policy Maker,” Health Technology Investment Forum, September 2009

  • Health Care Reform – Presentation before Southwest Healthcare Conference, May 2008 

Awards & Recognition

  • Spirit of Community Action Award, the United Planning Organization (2005)
District of Columbia Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
American Jewish Committee, President Washington Region (2011-13), Member National Board of Governors (2013-present), Comay Fellowship (2008)
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Member of the Board of Directors (2008-present)
German-Israel Young Leaders Exchange, Bertelsmann Foundation Fellow (2007)
Law360 Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board (2017)

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A. Economics, New York University

District of Columbia
New York
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan