David Goldfarb is the
managing partner of the law firm of Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin
LLP. The firm of Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP concentrates in
health law, elder law, trusts and estates, and the rights of the elderly and
disabled. David is a nationally recognized authority in the field of elder law,
Medicare, Medicaid and the use of trusts in health care planning. He is the
co-author of the legal treatise New York Elder Law (formerly
New York Guide to Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the
Elderly), (Lexis-Matthew Bender, 1999-2009). David maintains the
firm's website SeniorLaw.com. David was
formerly an attorney and supervisor for the Civil Division of the Legal Aid
Society in New York City. He is listed in New York Super Lawyers 2008 and 2009,
included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the
specialty of Elder Law, and has achieved the highest rating (AV) in
David was President of he
Historic Districts Council(2003- 2007); he is Chair of Preserve &
Protect, Inc., President of the Friends of the Alice Austen House,
and on the board of the Preservation League of Staten Island. He is the
past president of Staten Islanders for a Unified New York and the St.
George Civic Association. He is also active in the New York State Bar
Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has
written extensively on civic and legal issues including two op-eds in the
New York Times. He was featured on August 22nd, 2003, in a "Public Lives" column in the New York Times and
on August 26th 2003, in a column in the
Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin). His promotion of neighborhood and
historic preservation on the World Wide Web has received extensive coverage
including articles in Preservation, the Magazine of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation and the New York Times and a Year 2000
Statewide Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York
David is married to Elizabeth K. Goldfarb, a school librarian at Booker T.
Washington Middle School (MS 54) in Harlem and a consultant for the Staten
Island Children's Museum. Liz was formerly a staff developer for New Visions
for Public Schools. Their son Daniel K. Goldfarb
graduated in 1999 from M.I.T.
David'a Twitter page is at
- J.D. Degree conferred May 1972
- B.A. Degree conferred June 1969
- President, Wisconsin Student Association
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY
- President ( July 2003- 2007); Vice
President (1999 - 2003); Board of Directors & Advisors (1993 - Present);
Chair Legal Committee (2001- present).
- The Historic Districts Council is the
advocate of the Historic Districts of New York City.
- David was the attorney for the petitioners
in Historic Districts Council, et al vs. New York University School of
Law, the lawsuit brought to save the Edgar Allen Poe House
and the Judson House near Washington Square in Greenwich Village. A
preliminary injunction stayed the demolition of the buildings and although the
petition was later dismissed, the case was settled while on appeal. The
settlement called for a lower building than planned, recreating the
streetscapes where Judson House and Poe House stood, and incorporating elements
from the original buildings and providing an interior space for use by groups
to commemorate Poe.
- Board of Directors (1991 - Present)
- The Preservation League of Staten Island
supports landmarks and historic districts on Staten Island.
- David has advocated for various landmarks
on Staten Island including the designation of the St. George - New Brighton
Historic District, the Kreisherville Workers Houses and the 120 Precinct
building. He has worked as part of a city-wide coalition to save, restore and
adaptively reuse the buildings at the New York City Farm Colony- Seaview
Hospital Historic District.
- Chair (1996- present)
- Preserve & Protect, Inc. is a
not-for-profit that promotes historic preservation and environmental protection
by providing groups with World Wide Web sites. Preserve & Protect received
a Year 2000 Statewide Preservation Award from the Preservation League
of New York State and receives a continuing grant from the New York
State Council on the Arts.
- Preserve & Protect has assisted over
twenty historic preservation and environmental protection groups to enter the
electronic age. It created the original web sites for the Municipal Arts
Society, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, The Preservation League of New
York State and numerous borough and community preservation groups.
- In the wake of the World Trade Center
destruction, Preserve & Protect established and maintained an inventory of
historic and cultural resources in the vicinity of the World Trade
Friends of Alice Austin House
- President (2010)
- Member, Board of Directors (2003-2008,
- Counsel (2004-2009)
- Friends of Alice Austin House maintain
Clear Comfort (a.k.a. The Alice Austen House) the former home of Alice Austen
an important 19th Century photographer.
Art Deco Society of New York
- Member, Advisory Committee
Friends of Dorothy Day Cottages
- Secretary (1999-2001)
- David has been one of the chief advocates
for preserving Spanish Camp and the Dorothy Day Cottages. He
acted as the attorney for Friends of Dorothy Day Cottages and assisted in
obtaining its charter from the New York State Board of Regents and a tax
exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. He attempted to negotiate a
transfer of part of Spanish Camp from the developer to the City or a
not-for-profit. He continues to work with a city-wide coalition to designate a
Spanish Camp Historic District and to preserve the remaining cottages.
- David participated on a November 29th,
2007, panel at Wagner College on Spanish Camp sponsored by the Staten Island
Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Staten Islanders for A Unified New York
- President (1992 - 1995)
- Staten Islanders for a Unified New York
led the fight to keep Staten Island as part of New York City.
- David debated against numerous advocates
for secession including an appearance with Guy Molinari on "Good Day New York"
moderated by Gabe Pressman. David wrote an op ed for the New York
Times (October 25, 1993) and Staten Island
Advance (November 30, 1992).
- President (March 1988 - March 1992)
- The St. George Civic Association is
the voice of Staten Island's North Shore community closest to the Staten Island
- David advocated for The St.
George-New Brighton Historic District; he opposed the plan for a high rise St.
George Seaport development and was instrumental in having its Environmental
Impact Statement disapproved by the City Planning Commission.
Staten Island Democratic Association is
the progressive Democratic Club on Staten Island.
- David & Liz Goldfarb received
the Peggy Johnston Club Service Award in 2000. For many years David and
Liz hosted the club's annual Summer fund raisers.
- Board Member (1999- 2001); Vice President
(1995 - 1998); Social Secretary (1994); As Social Secretary David organized the
annual SIDA fund raiser. David has been a club member since 1973. He previously
edited the club newsletter and maintained the club web site.
- Member, Electronic Communications
Committee (formerly Electronic Communications Task Force) (1996-present)
- Member, Electronic Filing Task Force
- Trusts & Estates Law
- Chair, Committee on Technology (1998-
- Chair, Committee on Persons Under
Disability (1996 - 1997)
- Vice Chair, Committee on Law of the
Elderly (1992 - 1997)
- Elderlaw Section:
- Delegate 13th Judicial District to
Executive Committee (2009-2010)
- Chair, Committee on Technology (2001 -
- Delegate at Large to Executive
Committee (2000- 2001)
- Chair, Committee on the Legal Problems of
the Aging (1996 - 1999)
- Member, Committee on Trusts, Estates &
Surrogate's Courts (1996)
- Member, Committee on the Legal Problems of
the Elderly (1991 - 1995)
New York University - School of Continuing
and Professional Studies
Department of Finance, Law and Tax
- Adjunct Associate Professor, Elder Law
- Course: Government Benefit &
Entitlement Programs (1997, 1999, 2000)
- Chair, Seminar on Advanced Elder Law
New School for Social Research:
- Course: ELDERLAW (1990 to 1996)
- Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Bronx Community College, Paralegal Studies Program
- Course: Legal Advocacy (Fall 1983 and 1984)
New York Elderl Law(formerly New York Guide to Tax, Estate & Financial
Planning for the Elderly) with Joseph Rosenberg (Lexis-Matthew
Stapleton with James G. Ferreri (Arcadia, to be
published in 2010)
Articles on Staten Island
"Dialog: Staten Island Fights City
Hall--Don't Secede" New York Times, Op-Ed (October 25,
"Commission can't obscure secession's
downside," Staten Island Advance (Op-Ed Page) November 30,
"Secession: Some tough questions, some
hard answers--Road to independence is fraught with unknowns," Staten Island
Sunday Advance (Perspective Section) May 31, 1992.
"Trusts in Medicaid Planning" New York
Law Journal, July 2000.
"Death Penalty II-Pataki Also Goes After
the Aged" with Connie Zuckerman, New York Times, Op-Ed (March 17, 1995).
"New York Notes" Contributing Writer,
NAELA News (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) 1993 -
Articles on New York State Medicaid Law,
Trusts & Estates Law Section Newsletter (New York State Bar
Association) Spring 1995, Fall 1994, Spring 1994, Summer 1992.
Articles on Trusts and Estates:
"Practice Alert: Overview of
Supplemental Needs Trusts" in Estate Planner's Alert (Research Institute
of America) April 1997.
"Supplemental Needs Trusts" in Matthew
Bender's Warren's Heaton on Surrogate Court Practice (Chapter 189, Pub.
780/ Rel.76) 1997.
"Supplemental needs trusts established for
persons with severe and chronic or persistent disabilities" with Nancy R. Stone
in Matthew Bender's New York Civil Practice-EPTL (Vol. 9A Part 2, Pub.
"Supplemental Needs Trusts for Disabled
Persons" with Nancy R. Stone, The New York State Bar Journal
"Supplemental Needs Trusts: The New Law"
Outside Counsel Column, New York Law Journal, Sept. 30,
As an attorney with the Legal Aid Society
and in private practice David Goldfarb has argued appeals and tried cases in
every level of federal and state court including the United States Supreme
Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the New York
State Court of Appeals.
Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin
(formerly Goldfarb &
- Managing Partner: November 1991 - present
- The firm concentrates in health law, elder
law, trusts and estates, and the rights of the elderly and disabled.
- David maintains the firm's website
Fatoullah Goldfarb & Abrandt
- Partner: May 1989 - November 1991
- The firm concentrated in health law, elder
law, trusts and estates.
The Legal Aid Society - Civil
- Director of Training and Planning - Civil
Division: October 1984 - May 1989
- Attorney-in-Charge - Bronx Neighborhood
Office: May 1979 - October 1984
- Attorney-in-Charge - Brooklyn Office
for the Aging: July 1978 - April 1979
- Staff Attorney - Staten Island
Neighborhood Office: August 1972 - July 1978
David Goldfarb can be reached at
Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP.David'a Twitter
page is at http://twitter.com/davidgoldfarb.
David Goldfarb, email@example.com