L. Peter Farkas

Partner - Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 559-1700
Mobile: (202) 716-0034
Washington D.C.
Office Information

Main Practice Areas

Intellectual Property - Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, and Copyright Law Antitrust - Trade Regulation, Unfair Competition, Counseling, M&A Risk Arbitrage Civil, Regulatory, and Appellate Litigation - Corporate, Postal Litigation, False Claims Acts, and Civil Rico


Peter Farkas is a Partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. offices.  Mr. Farkas is an experienced intellectual property and antitrust litigator and counselor with experience in Courts both in the District of Columbia and throughout the U.S.  Mr. Farkas' work in the intellectual property arena covers litigation, opinion work, counseling, and due diligence as part of corporate deals, with notable experience in the pharmaceutical, electronics, software, chemical, and mechanical technologies industries.  Mr. Farkas has handled representations of the clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and the International Trade Commission, and regularly counsels clients in computer and Internet law and licensing.

Mr. Farkas' practice includes work in M&A Risk Arbitrage, providing clients with services in complex litigation prediction.  Work in this area allows clients to forecast potential outcomes in complex litigation, including big pharma versus generics, biotechnology, medical devises, electronics and telecommunications, antitrust investigations and enforcement actions, securities class actions, and administrative proceedings before the FDA, FTC, and ITC.  Clients have included mutual fund managers, hedge fund managers, national brokerage firms, financial letters, and CEOs and in-house counsel.      

Mr. Farkas served as a former trial attorney with the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division before becoming a partner at Graham & James in D.C. (where he headed the IP Group in the D.C. office).  Before starting HFK in 2017, Mr. Farkas was the co-founder of a D.C. litigation boutique.


B.A., Syracuse University

J.D., Suffolk University

LL.M., Georgetown University


District of Columbia

State of New York

State of Maryland

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

4th Circuit Court of Appeals

6th Circuit Court of Appeals

8th Circuit Court of Appeals

​11th Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court​

​Professional Activities

Past chair ABA Antitrust Section Intellectual Property Committee

Past chair ABA International Section Antitrust Committee

Frequent speaker, panelist, writer and editor on intellectual property, antitrust, postal and trial practice issues

External Publications

“Submarine Patents: Legal Activists’ Weapon for Sinking Property Rights,” 14Legal Backgrounder 40, Washington Legal Foundation (October 1999)

“Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property in WTO (The World Trade Organization),” Chapter 13:The Multilateral Trade Framework for the 21st Century and U.S. Implementing Legislation, ABA Books (1996)

“Intellectual Property Issues,” Antitrust & Trade Associations, ABA Antitrust Section (1996); Chapter IX, Antitrust Law Developments 3d, ABA (1992)

“Can a Patent Still Be Misused? 59 Antitrust Law Journal 677 (1991)

“Litigating Antitrust Claims and Defenses Before the International Trade Commission,” 2 Antitrust 26 (1987)

Speaking Engagements

“Patent Litigation: Strategies for Use as a Business Tool”, CLE International (1998)

“New Approaches to Patent Litigation,” Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (1996)

“U.S. Trade Secret Law,” Chinese Bureau of State Economic and Trade Commission (1995)

“International Technology Transfer Agreements: Antitrust Consequences in the U.S. and E.C.,” ABA Antitrust Section (1993)

“NAFTA Antitrust and Intellectual Property Provisions,” ABA International Section/CLE Institute (1992)

“New Frontiers of Demonstrative Evidence To Prove Complex and Economic and Technical Issues,” ABA Antitrust Section (1991)​





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