Allen Farber brings 40 years of litigation experience and a rare depth of skill and insight to complex business and commercial disputes. He began his career as a trial attorney with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service and has represented private clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration panels. Clients seek his guidance on sophisticated commercial disputes and litigation related to trade secrets, health care, employment, real estate and the First Amendment.

Commercial Litigation

Allen assists clients in resolving or litigating commercial and business matters, including:

  • Partnership disputes
  • Fraud
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of contract
  • Trade secret violations
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Business torts
  • Corporate disputes

First Amendment

Allen has extensive experience in privacy and First Amendment issues, including libel, slander and subpoenas directed to the media.

Health Care and Employment Litigation

Allen handles litigation related to a range of health care issues. He is experienced in all aspects of employment litigation and, in particular, discrimination and negligent supervision.

Commercial Real Estate Litigation

Allen litigates a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

Real Estate Brokerage Transactions

Allen guides clients in matters affecting agents and brokers. He represents capital markets, leasing, sales, debt and other commercial real estate brokers, as well as mortgage brokers, nationwide, including negotiating agent agreements with commercial brokerage firms and agent transitions from firm to firm. Allen has handled hundreds of such matters, including representation of more than 50 agents.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

Maryland Circuit Courts
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Maryland Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Superior Court of the District of Columbia


Duke University
B.A. (1972)

George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1975)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
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