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 Martindale-Hubbell.


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 State.

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 http://twitter.com/davidgoldfarb.


New York University School of Law

University of Wisconsin- Madison


Historic Districts Council

Preservation League of Staten Island

Preserve & Protect, Inc.

Friends of Alice Austin House

Art Deco Society of New York

Friends of Dorothy Day Cottages

Staten Islanders for A Unified New York (SIUNY)

St. George Civic Association

  • 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 Ferry.
  • 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.
St. George

Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA)

  • The 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.
SIDA Party


New York State Bar Association

Association of the Bar of the City of New York


New York Super Lawyers 2008 & 2009

Achieved the highest rating (AV) in Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Elder Law - 2010 edition


New York University - School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department of Finance, Law and Tax

New School for Social Research:

City University of New York:



New York Elderl Law(formerly New York Guide to Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly) with Joseph Rosenberg (Lexis-Matthew Bender, 1999-2009)

St. George with James G. Ferreri (Arcadia, 2009)

Stapleton with James G. Ferreri (Arcadia, to be published in 2010)

Articles on Staten Island Secession:

"Dialog: Staten Island Fights City Hall--Don't Secede" New York Times, Op-Ed (October 25, 1993).

"Commission can't obscure secession's downside," Staten Island Advance (Op-Ed Page) November 30, 1992.

"Secession: Some tough questions, some hard answers--Road to independence is fraught with unknowns," Staten Island Sunday Advance (Perspective Section) May 31, 1992.

Articles on Medicaid:

"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 - 1995

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. 806/ Rel.45).

"Supplemental Needs Trusts for Disabled Persons" with Nancy R. Stone, The New York State Bar Journal (July/August 1995).

"Supplemental Needs Trusts: The New Law" Outside Counsel Column, New York Law Journal, Sept. 30, 1993.


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 LLP
(formerly Goldfarb & Abrandt)

Fatoullah Goldfarb & Abrandt

The Legal Aid Society - Civil Division

David Goldfarb can be reached at goldfarb@seniorlaw.com
or at
Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP.David'a Twitter page is at http://twitter.com/davidgoldfarb.


David Goldfarb, goldfarb@seniorlaw.com