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Michael D. Goldfarb Murtha Cullina LLP Associate

Associate

Hartford
Email: mgoldfarb@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6139
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education

  • St. John's University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa

Michael D. Goldfarb


Mr. Goldfarb is a trial attorney who represents businesses, government entities and individuals in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters.  His experience includes contract disputes, products liability, insurance recovery, unfair trade practice claims, business torts, trade secrets, Uniform Commercial Code actions, property disputes, fiduciary liability and will contests.  He has tried bench and jury trials in both federal and state court, represented clients in arbitration and mediation, and has litigated appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Connecticut’s Appellate Court.

Having represented clients in contract disputes and other litigation matters for nearly a decade, Mr. Goldfarb also counsels clients on risk management in the areas of contracting and vendor relations.  Drawing upon his experience with the Uniform Commercial Code, he negotiates and drafts purchase and sale agreements, service agreements, leases and other contracts on behalf of clients.

In addition, Mr. Goldfarb maintains an active election law and government investigations practice.  He serves as the General Counsel and Second Vice Chair to the Connecticut Republican Party and has counseled and litigated cases on behalf of candidates for statewide and federal offices.  He has also represented clients in grand jury investigations concerning alleged public corruption and election law violations.  Most recently, Mr. Goldfarb represented the plaintiffs in Rutkowski v. Marrocco, in which he prevailed at trial and obtained a judgment setting aside the results of a flawed municipal election in the City of New Britain – a result which has been obtained only three times in Connecticut history.

Mr. Goldfarb is well known for his involvement in high profile litigation and political matters.  As such, he is frequently contacted by the media for his legal commentary and opinions.  He makes frequent appearances as a legal commentator on FOX CT News, FOX CT’s “The Real Story” and WTIC News Radio regarding election law matters and government investigations.  In addition, he has been featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune and has been quoted as a legal professional on the front page of the Hartford Courant.

Mr. Goldfarb has received numerous accolades for his legal work, pro bono service, and service to the bar.  Since 2011, he has assisted the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, representing veterans on a pro bono basis in a variety of legal matters, including housing evictions, tax appeals and criminal defense.  He is also actively involved as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA).  Mr. Goldfarb serves as an elected member of the CBA’s House of Delegates, the policy making and governing body of the CBA, and is an executive committee member of the CBA's Litigation Section.  Mr. Goldfarb also serves on the HCBA’s Government Affairs Committee and as Co-Chair of the HCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee.

Mr. Goldfarb has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  In addition, in 2012, he was selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of Connecticut's “New Leaders in the Law” and was the recipient of the Star of the Year Award from the Connecticut Bar Association for his service to the Young Lawyers Section.  In 2013, Mr. Goldfarb was featured by Connecticut Magazine in its annual “40 Under 40” issue, which recognizes outstanding professionals under the age of forty throughout Connecticut.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Mr. Goldfarb was an associate at a top-10 international law firm and served as judicial clerk to Justice Peter T. Zarella of the Connecticut Supreme Court.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and California.

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section (Executive Committee Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section (Executive Committee Member, Director of Government Relations, Co-Chair Litigation Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Co-Chair Young Lawyer's Committee)
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Bench Bar Committee)
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
  • Connecticut Republican Party, General Counsel and Second Vice Chair
  • Recipient of CALI awards for Constitutional Law, Copyrights, Criminal Law, Insurance, and Legal Research Writing
  • Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section “Star of the Year Award”
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2012 New Leader in the Law
  • Connecticut Magazine 2013 "40 Under 40" honoree
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY
  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Peter T. Zarella, Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Intern, The Honorable John G. Koeltl, U.S.D.J, S.D.N.Y
Overview

Mr. Goldfarb is a trial attorney who represents businesses, government entities and individuals in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters.  His experience includes contract disputes, products liability, insurance recovery, unfair trade practice claims, business torts, trade secrets, Uniform Commercial Code actions, property disputes, fiduciary liability and will contests.  He has tried bench and jury trials in both federal and state court, represented clients in arbitration and mediation, and has litigated appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Connecticut’s Appellate Court.

Having represented clients in contract disputes and other litigation matters for nearly a decade, Mr. Goldfarb also counsels clients on risk management in the areas of contracting and vendor relations.  Drawing upon his experience with the Uniform Commercial Code, he negotiates and drafts purchase and sale agreements, service agreements, leases and other contracts on behalf of clients.

In addition, Mr. Goldfarb maintains an active election law and government investigations practice.  He serves as the General Counsel and Second Vice Chair to the Connecticut Republican Party and has counseled and litigated cases on behalf of candidates for statewide and federal offices.  He has also represented clients in grand jury investigations concerning alleged public corruption and election law violations.  Most recently, Mr. Goldfarb represented the plaintiffs in Rutkowski v. Marrocco, in which he prevailed at trial and obtained a judgment setting aside the results of a flawed municipal election in the City of New Britain – a result which has been obtained only three times in Connecticut history.

Mr. Goldfarb is well known for his involvement in high profile litigation and political matters.  As such, he is frequently contacted by the media for his legal commentary and opinions.  He makes frequent appearances as a legal commentator on FOX CT News, FOX CT’s “The Real Story” and WTIC News Radio regarding election law matters and government investigations.  In addition, he has been featured in the Connecticut Law Tribune and has been quoted as a legal professional on the front page of the Hartford Courant.

Mr. Goldfarb has received numerous accolades for his legal work, pro bono service, and service to the bar.  Since 2011, he has assisted the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, representing veterans on a pro bono basis in a variety of legal matters, including housing evictions, tax appeals and criminal defense.  He is also actively involved as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA).  Mr. Goldfarb serves as an elected member of the CBA’s House of Delegates, the policy making and governing body of the CBA, and is an executive committee member of the CBA's Litigation Section.  Mr. Goldfarb also serves on the HCBA’s Government Affairs Committee and as Co-Chair of the HCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee.

Mr. Goldfarb has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Connecticut Rising Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  In addition, in 2012, he was selected by the Connecticut Law Tribune as one of Connecticut's “New Leaders in the Law” and was the recipient of the Star of the Year Award from the Connecticut Bar Association for his service to the Young Lawyers Section.  In 2013, Mr. Goldfarb was featured by Connecticut Magazine in its annual “40 Under 40” issue, which recognizes outstanding professionals under the age of forty throughout Connecticut.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Mr. Goldfarb was an associate at a top-10 international law firm and served as judicial clerk to Justice Peter T. Zarella of the Connecticut Supreme Court.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was an editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and California.

Memberships
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section (Executive Committee Member)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section (Executive Committee Member, Director of Government Relations, Co-Chair Litigation Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Co-Chair Young Lawyer's Committee)
  • Hartford County Bar Association (Bench Bar Committee)
  • Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court
  • Connecticut Republican Party, General Counsel and Second Vice Chair
Recognition
  • Recipient of CALI awards for Constitutional Law, Copyrights, Criminal Law, Insurance, and Legal Research Writing
  • Recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section “Star of the Year Award”
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2012 New Leader in the Law
  • Connecticut Magazine 2013 "40 Under 40" honoree
Prior Experience
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY
  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Peter T. Zarella, Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Intern, The Honorable John G. Koeltl, U.S.D.J, S.D.N.Y
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Education
  • St. John's University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Brandeis University (B.A., magna cum laude) Phi Beta Kappa
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