David Jay Federbush

David Jay Federbush

Sole Practitioner
Bethesda, Maryland

After twelve years as an award winning federal civil prosecutor of unfair and deceptive trade practices at the FTC, Mr. Federbush has, for thirty years, represented corporations and individuals in a broad range of civil actions including commercial, consumer, financial fraud, discrimination and negligence suits.  He has practiced in civil litigation firms and on his own in Miami, D.C. and suburban Maryland, appearing in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and in government agency proceedings.  He is also Special Counsel for antitrust matters to a firm in Coral Gables, Florida, right outside Miami. Law journal articles he has published on unfair and deceptive trade practices have been cited as authority in state court and federal court opinions, and he is a 2015 recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award.

Mr. Federbush is located in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just beyond the D.C. city line.  He also travels periodically to Florida where he is Of Counsel (antitrust) to a Coral Gables law firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law - FTC
  • Regulatory, including Regulatory Takings
  • Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices and Antitrust
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Law and Privacy
  • Contracts
  • Financial Fraud
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Negligence
  • Discrimination

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1977
  • Florida, 1988
  • Maryland, 1992
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


  • Stanford Law School, Stanford, California
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: Law Clerk to Judge Winslow Christian, California Court of Appeal
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1971
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • "The Unexplored Territory of Unfairness in Florida's Deceptive and UnfairTrade Practices Act", The Florida Bar Journal, May, 1999
  • "Little FTC Act Claims Are Some Big Deal", The National Law Journal (In Focus Health Care section), July 5, 1999
  • "The Unclear Scope of Unconscionability in FDUTPA", The Florida Bar Journal, July-August, 2000
  • "Florida and Federal Protection of Privacy in E-Commerce", The Florida Bar Business Law Section Quarterly Report, February, 2001
  • "Halting Unauthorized Access to Personal Data", The National Law Journal (In Focus Computer Law section), March 5, 2001
  • "Obtaining Relief for Deceptive Practices Under FDUTPA", The Florida Bar Journal, November, 2001
  • "FDUTPA for Civil Antitrust: Additional Conduct, Party, and Geographical Coverage; State Actions for Consumer Restitution", The Florida Bar Journal, December, 2002
  • "Rebuttable Presumption of Reliance in Class Actions", The Maryland Bar Journal, July/August, 2003
  • "Entitlement to Attorney's Fees Under FDUTPA", The Florida Bar Journal, January, 2004
  • "Damages Under FDUTPA", The Florida Bar Journal, May, 2004


  • "Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act", CLE Seminar - Current Issues in Litigation - Miami, FL 2003
  • "Trying and Defending a Consumer Protection Case", CLE Seminar - Miami FL, January, 2004
  • "Litigation under FDUTPA", Florida Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Coral Gables, Fla., March 2004

Honors and Awards

  • FTC Award for Meritorious Service: For Tireless Efforts, Commitment to Excellence and Dedication to the Public Interest, 1983
  • FTC Award for Superior Service: For Sustained Excellent Performance in the Prosecution of Investment Fraud, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Antitrust Law Sections), Selected as author for the Maryland state law sections to the ABA Antitrust Section's 2013 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments and 2016 Second Edition of Consumer Protection law Developments.
  • D.C. Bar (Litigation Section)
  • Florida Bar (Member, Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board; Member Litigation and Business Law Sections)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Alliance Francaise of Washington, D.C. (Past Member, Board of Directors, Alliance Francaise of Miami)

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, D.C., Senior Litigator, 1976 - 1988
  • Commercial Litigation , Attorney, 1988 - 1993
  • Commercial & Negligence Litigation Firm, Washington, D.C./Miami, FL, Partner, 1994 - 1997
  • Civil Litigation Firm, Bethesda, MD 1993-1994, 1997-2000, Partner


  • French

The Law Office of David J. Federbush
4977 Battery Lane, Suite 913
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Telephone: (301) 657-4680
Facsimile: (301) 657-4684
Email: [email protected]